Cause of Death Training for Medical Certifiers
Death certificates are a primary source of critical and
timely information for medical research, public health programming, and disease
surveillance. Mortality information is also important to generations of family
members in determining their own risk factors for disease and for closure in a
This self-paced tutorial will lead you through
listing conditions in a logical sequence leading to death, and provide guidance
on completing other required items on the death certificate.
tutorial is appropriate for all certifiers, whether they are using the online
Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) or a manual process.
- Define roles and responsibilities in
accurately documenting the medical facts of death according to Massachusetts
- Differentiate between specific etiologic causes and those
that are non-specific and/or mechanistic in nature.
understanding of common issues and misconceptions in completing the facts of
death based on prior knowledge and the best medical knowledge.
- Determine the most effective practices in documenting the medical details of
- Determine when a case must be referred to a medical
Renee Robinson, MD, Medical
Examiner, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Robert H. Baevsky, MD, F.A.C.E.P., Associate Professor, Tufts University
School of Medicine, Bay State Medical Center
Christian Kiriakos, Director
of Decedent Affairs, Mortuary/Surgical Laboratory Supervisor, Boston Medical
Ashley Yeats, MD, Vice President of Healthcare Quality & Chief
Medical Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
Randall J. Morse, MD,
Internist, University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital
Edward P. Butler,
MD, FIDSA Chief Academic Officer, Hallmark Health Systems
M.Ed., Deputy State Registrar, Registry of Vital Records and Statistics,
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- MMS Member Physicians: Free
- Allied Health Professionals: Free
CME Credit: 1 AMA PRA Category 1
Credit™, risk management study
The Massachusetts Medical Society
designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1
Credit™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of
their participation in the activity.
This activity has been planned
and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies
of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through
the joint providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the
Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
The Massachusetts Medical
Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical
Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
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