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Seminar Title:  
Dead Wrong

DATES:  2/2/2022 through 2/2/2022

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Elena Bulakhtina

LOCATION:  Webinars - , , WEB  

HOTEL:   - ,   

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $75.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Elena Bulakhtina, MD, FRCPC, is a Forensic Pathologist certified by the American Board of Pathology and by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Bulakhtina received her medical degree from I.M. Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy in 1997, followed by a postgraduate training in Critical Care Medicine, and, later, in Pathology. Outside of work, she volunteered as an emergency physician at sporting and cultural events. Dr. Bulakhtina continued her training in the United States where she completed a residency in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology (2006-2010), and a fellowship in Forensic Pathology (2010-2011). In 2011 she moved to Canada where she has been practicing Forensic Pathology ever since. Dr. Bulakhtina regularly testifies in court as an expert witness. She is interested in Clinical Forensic Medicine and she serves as a consultant to police and Crown Attorneys in cases that require assessment of the living.

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Course Objectives

Defence counsel: Would you agreewith me that the decedent most likely died within this timeframe (gives exacthours.)

Forensic pathologist (me): No.

Counsel: Why?

Forensic pathologist: Cuz it ain’tCSI.

I am a big fan of crime fiction andTV shows. I’ve read hundreds of books by authors from all over the world. I trynot to focus on what crime writers got wrong about forensic pathology, but Ihave my limits. “The death occurred at midnight, and our killer isleft-handed,” said a coroner who just finished an autopsy at the medicalexaminer’s office.” It is all wrong, I would say to anyone willing to listen.Coroners do not perform autopsies unless they happen to be forensicpathologists. The time of death cannot be determined by looking at stomachcontents. The handedness cannot be determined by examining the wounds, and soon.

As you have guessed by now, thispresentation is about common forensic pathology mistakes in crime fiction andhow it works in real life. 

But we know it all, you might say.Maybe. Maybe not. I have met coroners, police and lawyers, who had the samemisconceptions about certain forensic pathology aspects as the crimewrites. 

I will talk about the followingsubject:


Who is who conundrum

Coroner vs Medical Examiner vsForensic Pathologist 

     “Natural causes “

      Confusion between the cause andmanner of death 

      Estimating PMI (time since death) infiction (and occasionally court) vs real life

      Post-mortem changes (rigor, livor,etc.)

      Stomach contents

      Henssge’s Nomogram

      Experimental methods (e.g.,Thanatomicrobiome)

      Deductions based on examination ofinjuries 


      Positions of a victim and anassailant 

      Manner of death (homicide vscomplex/atypical suicide)

      He did not drown in a bathtub


This talk will be entertaining andeducational at the same time. 


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