Most people expect doctors to have to continue their educations long after their degrees are earned. After all, advances in medicine make this necessary to ensure that patients receive topnotch care. It’s hard, however, to think that a Georgia corner might also be required to head back to class on a regular basis. The reality is medical examiners in this state do have to stay on top of their game. Even though continued education for a corner won’t result in better patient care, it can help ensure that mysteries surrounding deaths are solved.
A corner or deputy coroner in Georgia will find that the Georgia Corners Association stays on top of educational advancements and expects its members to do the same. This organization was created not only regulate professionals in the medical examiner field, but also to ensure that standards are set and maintained for corners in each county within Georgia. The association also works tirelessly to ensure a good working relationship between law enforcement professionals and coroners.
With its focus on professionalism in the corner field, the association does put a strong emphasis on education. According to the association’s Georgia Corners Training Council, every deputy coroner and coroner in the state must undergo at least 24 hours of continuing education annually. The rules for obtaining advanced education in the field are pretty stringent, as well. Recent changes in the training course rules for a corner in Georgia make keeping up with credits more taxing.
A Georgia corner is now required to do several things to meet annual training requirements. These include:
• Taking varied classes – It used to be possible for a corner in Georgia to take the same course several times to add up to the 24 hours in required credits. This is no longer the case. The same course can no longer be taken more than once in a single year for the credits to apply.
• Police Academy Training requirements – It is now required that a corner must take annual training offered by the Georgia Police Academy at least three times during a four-year term. This can help ensure that crime scenes are properly analyzed and evidence is taken properly.
• Successive days of training – Corners must take their training on successive days for it to add up to the 24 hours required.
Just like their counterparts in standard medicine and other areas of care, Georgia corners must stay on top of advancements in the field. To ensure this happens, the Georgia Corners Association and its training counsel make sure every corner obtains at least a minimum of annual continued education courses.