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With over 20 years of commitment to our clients, our group has trained doctors, and scientists in the Middle East area and extending our reach worldwide
Our accredited and certified centers of excellence at Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office- Texas and The American University of Science and Technology- Beirut, dedicate comprehensive training programs covering: theory, hands on, result reporting and method development.
Our educational & training programs vary from 2 weeks up to 1 year at our facilities followed by trainings onsite, covering:

FORENSICS AND ANALYTICAL EDUCATION & TRAINING
The forensic and analytical sectors are among the fastest developing areas in science, technology and regulations.
Forensic and analytical laboratory results play a crucial role in our life and wellbeing. Building capacities of forensic and analytical scientists is necessary to ensure the laboratory reliability & safety as well as staying up to date with technology and meeting the required standards and regulations.

DEATH SCENE INVESTIGATION
 
Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s District (TCMED) is a comprehensive forensic science center with jurisdiction over deaths occurring in four adjoining counties including Tarrant, Denton, Parker and Johnson.
Trainee assigned to this block will accompany the Forensic Death Investigators (FDI) on death scene calls, making appropriate observations, taking scene pictures, interviewing witnesses present, reviewing medical interventions records if applicable and obtaining medical history from next of kin if present.
Trainee will then attempt to secure all past medical and police records and assist in preparing an investigative report which includes both a biographic data sheet and death scene narrative.
MEDICO-LEGAL AUTOPSIES
 
TCMED performs over 2,500 forensic autopsies at its central morgue in Fort Worth, Texas.
During this rotation, the trainee will participate in the planning as well as the performance of forensic autopsy under the direct supervision of a board-certified staff pathologist. The planning is carried out at Morning Mortality Conference where a case summary is presented by the Chief Forensic Death Investigator and the trainee, and includes projection of death scene photographs and findings.
Trainees assigned to a forensic pathologist will fully participate in the performance of the autopsy. Many such cases require follow-up laboratory testing including postmortem toxicology, histology, vitreous chemistry, blood and or tissue cultures, trace evidence examination, sexual assault examination, gunshot residue analysis etc. Almost all of these laboratory tests are performed in-house by trained technicians.
During the autopsy procedure, the trainee will become familiar with the precautions adopted for exposure to biohazards and chemical hazards. The trainees will also acquire the skills not only to perform a forensic autopsy but also how to collect, package and secure evidence gathered during the autopsy, and prepare the evidence transmittal sheet documenting all evidence gathered during the performance of the autopsy.
Finally, the trainee will participate in a bi-monthly Critical Case Conference where the forensic pathologist and the trainee who performed the autopsy will present the autopsy and laboratory findings with the demonstartion of scene photographs, autopsy photographs, radiographs and laboratory results. The Critical Case Conference is a multi-disciplinary gathering wher all the forensic pathologists, Chief of Human Identification, Chief Toxicologist, Chief of Crime Lab, Chief Forensic Death Investigator as well as Quality Control and Quality Assurance Manager are present. A consensus is reached by the team regarding both the cause and manner of death and these conclusions are electronically filed with the State of Texas Bureau of Vital Statistics.
FORENSIC TOXICOLOGY
 
Forensic toxicology utilizes toxicology and other disciplines such as analytical chemistry, pharmacology and clinical chemistry to aid the medical or legal investigation of death, by identifying the drug or the poison as well as providing their concentration in the blood and other body fluids or tissues.
A forensic toxicologist is trained to perform the analysis on various kinds of samples and to take into consideration the context of an investigation, particularly any physical symptoms recorded and any evidence collected at a crime scene that may narrow the search, such as pill bottles, powders, trace residue, and any available chemicals.
The trainee will rotate through the Forensic Toxicology Laboratories which include the general Postmortem Toxicology, Drugs of Abuse and Breath Alcohol. The trainee will be exposed to various instruments and techniques and acquire the skills to perform drug extraction from biological samples, ability to select appropriate instruments for analysis and interpret data. The trainee will learn techniques to perform alcohol analysis, in whole blood, urine and vitreous, as well as urine drug of abuse screens by immunoassay along with screens and confirmation for acid/neutral and base drugs.
Training will be conducted on the following instruments:

- Gas Chromatography
- Liquid Chromatography
- Mass Spectrometry ( GC/LC)
- Mass Spectrometer Time Of Flight ((TOFMS)

In addition, the trainee will learn the pharmacokinetics of each drug encountered and discuss the effect of the drug on the alteration of mood, physiological dependence, impairment, and death.
Finally, the trainee will be informed about ISO-accreditation, instituting quality control and quality assurance program, biohazard safety and ethics in science.
CRIMINALISTICS LABORATORIES
 
FORENSIC BIOLOGY
 
During this portion of the rotation, the trainee will be exposed to the principles of identification and evaluation of materials of a biological nature, including blood, semen, saliva, and other body fluids and tissues, for forensic purposes.
This will be accomplished by observing and participating in the extraction and evaluation of dried stains by conventional chemical methods, electrophoresis, the technique of DNA typing, and the statistical methods used to calculate the population to which the observed types might belong.
In addition, the trainee will also be introduced to the concept of the evaluation of the flight characteristics of blood and the interpretation of the bloodstain patterns created by blood spatter including those that are passive, those that result from transfer and those that are produced by projected blood as a result of violent activity.
FIREARM AND TOOLMARK
 
The basis of firearm identification is in the microscopic individual characteristics caused during the manufacturing process. Additional imperfections may arise from use, abuse, wear, and corrosion. These imperfections caused by manufacture or over time are what make the tool surfaces in firearms unique. Additionally, firearm examiners can also analyze for distance determinations, operability of firearms, and serial number restorations.
Tool mark identification determines if a tool mark left at a crime scene was produced by a suspect tool. Tedious microscopic comparisons of striations are conducted on the tool (bolt cutter, screwdrivers, crowbars, etc.)
This block will introduce the attendee to the techniques involved in the evaluation and comparison of firearms and tool mark, and the materials generated from them.
This block will introduce the attendee to the techniques involved in the evaluation and comparison of firearms and tool mark, and the materials generated from them.
The attendee will both observe and participate in the following techniques:

  • Creation of reference material by test firing or generation of standard toolmark
  • Comparison of reference material to unknowns from actual casework
  • Determination of muzzle-to-target distances
  • Determination of the safety of a firearm
  • Calculation of trajectories, velocities, etc.
  • Restoration of obliterated or defaced serial numbers
  • Identification and comparison of tool mark

AFTE Certification Program:

The Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE) offers certification for qualified AFTE members. Qualified members may take any or all of the following examinations:

  • Firearm Evidence Examination and Identification
  • Tool mark Evidence Examination and Identification
  • Gunshot Residue Evidence Examination and Identification
TRACE ANALYSES
 
Trace evidence is generally defined as the material which is easily transferred from one individual or object to another because of its size or weight.
During this block, the attendee will be introduced to the diversity of materials that are characterized and evaluated by the Trace Evidence Section of the Criminalistics’ Laboratory.
Materials and techniques as a part of this block will include:
  • Analyses and comparison of hairs and fibers
  • Calculation of the physical characteristics of glass, soil, building materials, and paint
  • Development and visualization of latent fingerprints
  • Analyses of debris from suspected arson
Instrumentation discussed and used will include gas chromatography, infra-red spectrophotometer, and comparison microscopes.
Trace Evidence Lab also deals with analysis of GunShot Residue (GSR).
GunShot residue (GSR) analysis is a standard technique to determine if a firearm has been used.
Attendees will be trained on the method used to analyze gunshot residue samples using scanning electron microscopy–energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS).
The attendee will understand the principles underlying GSR analysis using SEM-EDS as well as be introduced to the instrument, perform actual analysis, interpret raw data and prepare reports.
HUMAN IDENTIFICATION
 
Historically, human identification of remains in badly burnt, decomposed or mutilated bodies frequently utilized personal artifacts such as clothing and jewelry or presence of body tattoos to accomplish the identification. This is no longer the case and such identifications are considered merely as “putative”. With the advent of recent technologies and methodologies, it is now a requirement to identify human remains scientifically and the process is performed in a systematic fashion using fingerprints, dental records, anthropological studies and DNA technology.
The trainee will understand the principles underlying human identification and acquire skills to perform it within actual case studies.



FINGERPRINTS and AFIS
 
Fingerprinting, as a form of personal identification, is a refined methodology that is proven in practice and accepted in courts of law. Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) has been around for more than 25 years.
The trainee will observe and acquire the skills to obtain identifiable sets of fingerprints from a deceased person and request putative matches using Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), a biometric identification (ID) methodology that uses digital imaging technology to obtain, store, and analyze fingerprint data.
FORENSIC ODONTOLOGY
 
Dental identification plays a particularly significant role in the identification of victims of catastrophic events where there are massive casualties such as airplane crashes, fires, floods, earthquakes and terrorist attacks, human remains, missing and unknown persons.
The postmortem dental examination of human remains usually involves charting dental and cranial features, radiographic (x-ray) documentation of these features, and forensic report-writing regarding case findings.
The trainee will acquire skills to examine teeth, perform charting, obtain panoramic dental radiographs and perform comparison using available ante mortem data while paying attention to both the points of concordance and discordance.
FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY
 
Bones comprise the structural framework of the human body.  Due to their properties, bones decompose more slowly than many other tissues and organs; thus, they are often capable of providing clues that assist examiners in determining the cause and manner of death. 
Skeletal remains can provide information such as the race, stature, weight, age and gender of the decedent.  Evidence of trauma or natural disease may also be identified.  Radiograph (X-ray) comparisons can help scientifically establish the identity of a body.  Samples of DNA can also be obtained from bone; thus, in cases where decomposition is advanced significantly, DNA analysis can still be of value. 
Forensic anthropology training is designed to enhance one’s knowledge in forensic anthropology recovery and identification techniques, as well as DNA sampling using various equipment mapping techniques. Participants will conduct the recovery of scattered and buried human remains at our facility.
 
MEDICAL & PARAMEDICAL EDUCATION & TRAINING
Paramedics are the key players in the Health & Medical Sector, whereas the medical market is in continuous high demand for skilled nurses, clinical lab technologists, and physiotherapists.
Our primary objective is to deliver up to date professional education program, thus contributing to the medical market need and at the same time creating employment opportunities
Our training program is available at The American University of Science and Technology (AUST) among the leader institutions in Clinical Laboratory Sciences in the Middle East.

CLINICAL LABORATORY
 
Trainees are exposed to a multiphase training course that provides knowledge in clinical pathology, microbiology, hematology, clinical chemistry, immunology, blood banking, and molecular biology.
In addition, the attendees will be trained to analyze laboratory test results in correlation to patient diagnosis.
Trainees will have a chance to work with precision instruments and equipment in each section. Practical training includes modular rotations at the premises of the Faculty of Health Sciences laboratories at American University of Science and Technology.
NURSING
 
Nurses are responsible for patient care, patient education, and performing basic medical tests and procedures. Requirements for nurses vary by position and duty Nurses should have experience communicating with doctors and other medical professionals, caring for patients and performing various diagnostic medical tests. Our Advanced theory and practice nursing training program courses covering:

  • Introduction to Health Care
  • Ethics and Laws
  • Work Ethics
  • Communicating with the Health Team
  • Assisting with the Nursing Process
  • Understanding the Person
  • Safety
  • Physiology
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Grooming
  • Nutritional Support and IV Therapy
  • Measuring Vital Signs
  • Exercise and Activity
  • Comfort, Rest, and Sleep
  • Admissions, Transfers, and Discharges
  • Collecting and Testing Specimens
  • Respiratory Support and Therapies
  • Drug classifications and use

PHYSIOTHERAPY
 
Physiotherapists play a crucial role in the healthcare sector. They are very useful in the rehabilitation of patients suffering from deformities, recovering from surgeries or injuries. They are also helpful in aiding the rehabilitation of old aged people, who tend to suffer from musculoskeletal problems.
Our Advanced theory and practice Rehabilitation teaching and training program covers:
  • Basics of Physiotherapy
  • Physiology and Anatomy
  • First Aid and Nursing
  • Biomechanics
  • Electrotherapy
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Medical Ethics