The Department of Forensic Pathology was formulated in 2013 by the University Malaya Medical Centre. The department has various academic, clinical, research and administrative responsibilities. It provides ‘Medico-Legal Death Investigation’ services by providing expert opinions in the fields of forensic pathology, clinical forensic medicine and forensic science in Malaysia and overseas.
It offers specialist medical and scientific information and expert opinions to a range of agencies and individuals as well as government and non-government organizations including:
- Law enforcement agencies
- State Departments of Heath
- Legal practitioners
- Medical practitioners
- Insurance agencies
- Private organizations
- Public organizations
The daily routine includes conducting autopsies, attending crime scene and witness testimony, collecting medical evidence from cadavers, analysing other evidence like ballistics or toxicology, analyzing blood (serology) and utilizing DNA technology. The department is responsible to ascertain the manners of death – natural, accidental, suicidal, homicidal or murder, to assist in investigation and defend findings in a courtroom.
Academic role involves teaching undergraduate medical students (UMMP-MBBS), Master’s in Forensic Pathology & Pathology postgraduate, Medico-legal lectures to Medical Officer’s and Advanced Nursing Program at UMMC. The department also conducts examinations for the Master of Pathology Examinations for Malaysia.
MBBS and postgraduate students from University of Malaya, other local universities and overseas have completed their clinical elective or research postings at the department.
The clinical services involve effective communication with department co-workers, emergency department, medical records and the hospital administration to ensure proper mortuary and autopsy practices even in high stress environment. It provides extended periods of services to the hospital and law enforcement agencies to serve the community better and this year the department’s contribution was appreciated by awarding a certificate and souvenir by the Petaling Jaya District Police Office.
The department is actively involved in Research and has a two (2) BKP grants and a FRGS Grant (in collaboration with Harvard University). It has publications in local and International Academic and Forensic Journals and has contributed to the latest edition of Modi’s Textbook of Medical Jurisprudence and Toxicology (recognized in the Common Wealth Countries).
The department is a key member of the Organ Transplant Committee at the UMMC.