# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Forensic Technology Task 575511320

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Compare the coroner and medical examiner systems and responsibilities.


Comparison should include the following:
  • Coroner—roles and requirements to become a coroner vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, with some requiring the same qualifications as a medical examiner and others requiring no medical training. The coroner’s chief functions are to confirm, certify, and pronounce deaths.
  • Medical examiner—appointed or hired, required to have significant training in medicine from an accredited institution and typically trained as a pathologist. The medical examiner’s chief functions include
    • investigation of human deaths
    • determination of the cause of death
    • issuance of death certificates
    • maintenance of death records
    • response to deaths in mass disasters
    • identification of unknown dead.

Process/Skill Questions

  • What are the major differences between a coroner and medical examiner?
  • Which responsibilities do coroners and medical examiners share?
  • What are the state requirements for medical examiners?

Related Standards of Learning

History and Social Science


The student will apply social science skills to understand the organization and powers of the state and local governments described in the Constitution of Virginia by

  1. examining the legislative, executive, and judicial branches;
  2. examining the structure and powers of local governments (county, city, and town);
  3. analyzing the relationship between state and local governments and the roles of regional authorities, governing boards, and commissions;
  4. investigating and explaining the ways individuals and groups exert influence on state and local governments; and
  5. evaluating the effectiveness of citizen efforts to influence decisions of state and local governments by examining historical or contemporary events.

Other Related Standards

ITEEA National Standards

13. Assess the Impact of Products and Systems