National Forensic Services Conference

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The Forensic Evaluation of Gunshot Wounds

Course Description: Louisville Metro Police Surgeon Bill Smock, M.D., one of the country's leading law enforcement educators and expert in clinical forensic medicine, has developed an 8 -hour training program to assist forensic nurses, law enforcement officers and prosecutors in the forensic evaluation of gunshot wounds.

The program is specifically designed for law enforcement officers and medical personnel involved with the investigation, evaluation and reconstruction of firearms-related incidents, including domestic and officer-involved shootings. The information presented will assist your investigation and ensure that your conclusions and findings are based upon the most up-to-date medical science and forensic evidence.

Day 1: The Forensic Evaluation of Gunshot Wounds: 8 hour program with 1 hour lunch (provided) and will include 4, 15 minute breaks: 8AM-6PM

Course Objectives: Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 Dr. Bill Smock

  • Analyze the differences between and entrance and exit gunshot wounds.
  • Review current medical literature on the inabilities of health care professionals to accurately differentiate entrance and exit wounds.
  • Identify appropriate evidence recognition, collection and preservation associated with gunshot wounds.
  • Describe how forensic evidence can be compromised during patient care.
  • Apply forensic photography techniques in cases of firearm injury.
  • Recognize and use appropriate forensic terminology when assessing gunshot injuries.
  • Recognize the ways in which surgical procedures can alter the appearance of a wound.
  • Discuss the potential legal challenges to the admission of forensic photographs in court.
  • Recognize the implications for failing to maintain a “chain-of-custody.
  • Critique select case studies & discuss the significance related to health care & criminal justice.

6:00PM-7:30PM – Hors D'oeuvres, Wine & Beer Meet and Greet Reception (In The Conference Room)

Day 2: A Star is Born: Moving Forensic Practice from Good to Great 8am - 6PM with 1 hour break

Course Objectives: Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 Ward Allen, Diana Faugno, Val Sievers

  • Critique the scientific foundations and use of digital imaging in forensic health care.
  • Demonstrate current techniques and skills with digital photography equipment.
  • Describe the role of the forensic nurse and responses to patients with forensic health care needs.
  • Apply the concepts of forensic nursing process to select case studies.
  • Evaluate the qualities and credentials of the forensic nurse expert.
  • Examine the rationale for quality improvement in forensic nursing practice.

Where: The Jockey Club, 3700 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
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Cancellation and Refund Policy: If you need to cancel, you may receive a refund of $125 until Midnight July 15th, 2019. After July 15th, 2019, no refunds. All sales are final. Travel and Lodging not included.

Who: Meet the Faculty

Dr. Bill Smock is the Police Surgeon and directs the Clinical Forensic Medicine Program for the Louisville Metro Police Department. He graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky in 1981 and obtained a Master’s degree in Anatomy from the University of Louisville in 1987. Bill graduated from the University of Louisville, School of Medicine in 1990 and completed a residency in emergency medicine at the University of Louisville in 1993.

Dr. Smock has edited three textbooks on clinical forensic medicine and published more than 30 chapters and articles on forensic and emergency medicine. He is an internationally recognized forensic expert and trains nurses, physicians, law enforcement officers and attorneys in multiple fields including: officer-involved shootings, strangulation, gunshot wounds, injury mechanisms and motor vehicle trauma.


Diana Faugno graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Dakota and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. Recently, Diana traveled to Washington DC to receive the prestigious 2019 "National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Award" given by the U.S. Attorney General. Diana is a Founding Board Director for End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), and the current president of the Academy of Forensic Nurses. In addition, other accomplishments include being a retired-fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Science, a Distinguished Fellow in the International Association of Forensic Nurses and Distinguised Fellow in the Academy of Forensic Nursing. Diana is also an author and co-author of numerous educational textbooks, workbooks and research papers used within Universities on dealing with the forensic medical aspects of violence, such books include "Color Atlas of Sexual Assault", published in 1997, which is the first book of its kind in the nation, and "Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span" with her latest workbook 2018 "Child Sexual Abuse" for nurses who wish to learn more about child abuse examinations. Diana, retired in 2018 from Barbara Sinatra Childrens Center and Eisenhower Medical Center’s SART team, now continues to work as a forensic nurse for a Children's Advocacy Center, Live Safe in Marietta, Georgia. Diana also provides training and educational courses related to strangulation and sexual assault nationally and internationally to assist communities who wish to bring forward teams of health care providers.

Ward Allen, a digital imaging expert and consultant has been directly involved with digital imaging technologies for the past 35 years in both Canada and the United States. Ward's full technical experience spans almost three plus decades and includes the utilization of both analog and digital photography systems, various computer network communications systems, advanced digital scanning and ongoing development of digital forensic imaging solutions for CAC, SANE, SART and SAFE programs. As a Forensic Imaging Consultant for SDFI-TeleMedicine, Ward is intimately involved with the business process workflow re-engineering process that supports an unbreakable digital “Chain of Custody”.

Valerie Sievers MSN, RN, CNS, SANE-A, SANE-P, DF-AFN, Forensic Clinical Nurse Specialist

Ms. Sievers is a Forensic Clinical Nurse Specialist with more than 35 years of health care experience as a registered nurse, advanced practice nurse, educator and consultant with extensive practice experience in the arenas of emergency and critical care nursing, academic education and forensic clinical practice. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Val provides advanced education regarding the care and treatment of patients affected by violence and abuse. She is currently dual board certified as an adult-adolescent and pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner, owner of MedLaw Consultants, LLC; a forensic healthcare consulting business, editor of Forensic Nursing Exchange and serves as a board member of the Academy of Forensic Nursing.

Regular Price
$349 Early Bird Special Until August 1, 2019

Cancellation and Refund Policy:If you need to cancel, you may receive a refund of $125 until Midnight July 15th, 2019. After July 15th, 2019, no refunds. All sales are final. Travel and Lodging not included.

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