Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners

IACME Fall Meeting will be virtual webinar

Following a lengthy discussion at a meeting June 18, the IACME Board of Directors voted to replace this year‘s in-person Fall Meeting and Education Expo with a virtual meeting. “This was a very difficult decision,” says IACME President Kevin Locke, MD. “However, with the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the safety of our attendees must be a priority this year.” Board members were particularly concerned that the November 6-7 Fall Meeting occurs at the start of a new flu season when there could be a resurgence of the pandemic. The Board also discussed the fact that many IACME members are in the age group at risk for severe cases of the virus. The dates of the meeting will stay the same, but there may be scheduling adjustments. Registration fees will be reduced. Possible topics for this year’s Fall Meeting include radiation safety, in-custody deaths, explosions, traffic deaths and COVID death reporting. Watch your email for additional details as they become available. 


It’s time to renew your IACME 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.
In the Pay Your Dues section, 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 form. You can pay for up to 10 members with one transaction.
You must pay your 2020 IACME dues by March 31 in order to receive the discounted rate for the November 6-7 IACME Fall Meeting.
   A printable dues statement is attached below if you prefer to renew and pay through regular mail. Send your completed dues form and your dues check to: IACME, PO Box 274, Boone, IA  50036.
MEMBER-GET-A-MEMBER— This is a special membership plan for staff in your county who have never belonged to IACME. For 2020, you and a new member can join for $100, the cost of one membership. Please use the attached “member-get-a-member”dues form. Please complete the form and mail it to IACME. You can pay by check or pay online. If you have questions, please contact Chris Sutton at or 515.212.9685.
Thank you for your support of the Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners.

2020 IACME dues statement

2020 Member-get-a-member dues statement

Record attendance at IACME Fall Meeting

Medical examiners and medical examiner investigators from around Iowa gathered November 1 and 2 for a weekend of education and networking at the IACME Fall Meeting and Education Expo. Attendance was significantly increased this year. Presentations covered investigating fatal fires, pediatric asphyxial deaths, the 9-11 attack on the Pentagon, death scene photography and working with DCI agents at a crime scene. This year’s banquet speaker was Robert Monserrate, whose topic was “Are we really handling our work-related stress?”

Next year’s IACME Fall Meeting will be Friday-Saturday, November 6-7, 2020 at the West Des Moines Marriott.


Former Iowa Chief Medical Examiner dies in hospice

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great sadness to inform you that our former Chief State Medical Examiner, Dr Julia Goodin, died while in hospice this past Friday. Dr. Goodin served for 17 years in Iowa, leading the Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office through many critical accomplishments including NAME accreditation, construction of a new facility, and adoption of much need laws and rules. After retiring from her position in Iowa, Dr. Goodin became the Chief State Medical Examiner in Tennessee.

On a personal level she was not only a supportive and generous mentor, but a kind friend that will always be remembered and missed. Below is a link to Dr. Goodin’s obituary.


Dennis Klein MD
Iowa Chief State Medical Examiner