Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners

Time to renew your membership!

It’s time to renew your membership in the Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners, the only statewide organization for county medical examiners and medical examiner investigators.
   To pay your dues online, go to the Pay Your Dues section, where you will find 
an interactive membership form and the payment button. If your address, phone number or email have changed since last year or you are a new member, please complete the form so we have your current information. The online payment button is at the bottom of the membership form. You can pay for up to 10 members with one transaction.
Remember, you must pay your 2017 IACME dues by March 31 in order to receive the discounted rate for the September 22-23 IACME Fall Meeting.
   If you have questions about paying electronically or need a paper receipt for reimbursement purposes, please phone Chris Sutton at
515.212.9685 or email her at:
  We have also provided a printable dues statement if you wish to register and pay through regular mail. Just send the completed form and your dues check to: IACME, PO Box 554, Altoona, IA  50009.
Thank you for your support of the Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners. We wish you and your family a happy, healthy and productive 2017.

2017 IACME Elections

IACME annual elections will take place Friday, September 22, 2017 in conjunction with the Fall Meeting and Education Expo at the Coralville Marriott. Positions up for election include: President, Vice President, Secretary Treasurer and four Board seats. All carry two-year terms that run from January, 2018 through December, 2019. Anyone interested in seeking election to the Board may phone IACME Executive Director Cheri Jensen at 515.957.9246 or email her at

At the IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo October 14-15, an expert panel discussed opioid addiction in Iowa. Pictured (from left) are: Edward Bottei, MD, Medical Director Iowa Poison Control Center; DeAnn Decker, Bureau Chief of Substance Abuse, Iowa Dept. of Public Health; Sam Quinones, author of an award winning book on America’s heroin epidemic; and panel moderator Dennis Klein, MD, Iowa Chief State Medical Examiner.

Another successful Fall Meeting and Education Expo

The Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners completed another very successful Fall Meeting and Education Expo Friday and Saturday, October 14-15 at the West Des Moines Marriott.

The program included presentations on gunshot wounds, conducting medicolegal interviews and mass disaster planning. In the photo above, an expert panel discusses opioid addiction in Iowa. The panel was moderated by Dennis Klein, MD, Iowa Chief State Medical Examiner. Participating in the panel was Los Angeles Time reporter Sam Quinones, who wrote the award-winning book “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.” Mr. Quinones was also the Friday evening banquet speaker.

IACME elections were held at a member meeting on Friday evening. Two incumbents —Gregory Schmunk, MD and Thomas Summitt, D-ABMDI — were re-elected to the IACME Board of Directors. One new Board member was elected— Staci Olson, RN, MEI. All offices carry 2-year terms.

An attendee list is available below. Watch the November IACME News for more photos and news from the 2016 Fall Meeting.

Next year’s IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo will be Friday-Saturday, September 22-23, 2017 at the Coralville Marriott.

2016 IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo Attendee List

Speaker handouts—IACME Fall Meeting

Speaker handouts for the 2016 IACME Fall Meeting are in the Meeting Materials section of this web site. This section is password-protected. The password was emailed yesterday to everyone registered to attend the meeting. If you are registered for the meeting but didn’t receive the password, please phone IACME Executive Director Cheri Jensen at 515.957.9246.

ABMDI grants education credits for IACME Fall Meeting

The American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) has granted 13 hours of reciprocal credit for medical examiner investigators attending the IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo. Certificates of Participation which can be sent to the ABMDI will be available for MEIs at the meeting.

Continuing Medical Education Credits Awarded for Fall Meeting

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and the Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners (IACME).  UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UnityPoint Health – Des Moines designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Dr. Klein named Iowa State Medical Examiner

Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Gerald Clabaugh has announced Dr. Dennis Klein has accepted the position of Iowa State Medical Examiner. Dr. Klein has served as interim State Medical Examiner since Dr. Julia Goodin resigned in January to pursue a career opportunity with the Tennessee Department of Public Health. “Dr. Klein has been involved with many death investigations, forensic autopsies and expert testimonies since joining the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner (IOSME) in 2000,” said Clabaugh. “This in-depth knowledge and experience will provide for a seamless transition into this new position.”

“A big draw for me to the State ME office here in Iowa is the opportunity to be a part of a very talented group of people who are genuinely dedicated to high quality death investigation, providing support and services with our County Medical Examiner partners, and making sure we are providing critical information to law enforcement agencies and attorneys,” said Dr. Klein.

Dr. Klein graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine with a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He subsequently attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where he received an M.D. degree in 1993. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, where he continued his residency training in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology. Dr. Klein completed his sub-specialty training in Forensic Pathology at the Office of the Medical Investigator at the University of New Mexico. Upon completion, Klein moved to Iowa to join the IOSME. He has academic appointments with Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Dr. Klein is actively involved with the Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners, where he serves as Program Director for the annual educational conference.