William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Wednesday, 23, September, 2009

Graduate Class #12

Filed under: Forensics,Teaching — williamthecoroner @ 14:47

The examination of the heart.  In detail, from the external examination and the weight to how to cut it, the valves, the muscle, and the conduction system.  Other causes of sudden and unexpected natural death.

It is interesting how pathologists tend to use disgusting food metaphors.  Chocolate cysts.  Coffee-ground emesis.  Cheesy necrosis.  Bread-loafing an organ.

I’m also going to have to think of another method of getting the class to talk.  Passing out handouts has lead to two unfortunate consequences.

  1. People come in late
  2. When I ask questions they read the answers off the lecture notes.

I’m going to stop giving out the lecture notes.  I’m not determining if they students are learning, I’m finding out if they can read.  As this is a graduate class instead of grade 2, I’d already guessed that.  Pity I don’t have the budget to buy clickers.


  1. Oh no, THEY buy the clickers. You just have to incorporate the clicker software into your presentations. The room has to have the receiver equipment, though.

    Request that room next semester.

    Comment by Angry Professor — Thursday, 24, September, 2009 @ 07:10 | Reply

    • Not at this school. I’d need to write a grant to get the clickers, receiver and the software.

      Comment by williamthecoroner — Thursday, 24, September, 2009 @ 09:18

  2. I’d always assumed pathologists were hungry people. There’s always food in the morgue.

    It was the various cheese descriptors that got me. I like cheese, stop it!

    Comment by redrabbitslife — Thursday, 24, September, 2009 @ 12:56 | Reply

  3. Why on earth should you be giving notes to adults who, presumably, are capable of listening and writing things down on their own? Is this customary for your school?

    The only time someone gets notes from me is if they have a documented learning disability, and I let them copy from my overhead projector films when class is over.

    Granted, I understand that epic whigning may ensue if you stop in the middle of the term, but this sounds like work that isn’t necessary for you or genuinely appreciated by them….

    Comment by Thoryke — Thursday, 24, September, 2009 @ 14:22 | Reply

    • Thoryke–Yeah. That does sound dumb, now that I think about it. It IS common for the school. This isn’t desired, what they want is the lectures posted to Blackboard so they can print them out and make notes on them…I have to do that for one partially on-line class. I’m not posting forensic materials to the web, no matter what.

      Comment by williamthecoroner — Thursday, 24, September, 2009 @ 16:02

  4. Isn’t there some way to get around the cost problem involved with clicker technology by using “virtual clickers?” Maybe get the students to choose from a variety of options and then have them defend their opinion. Maybe give them the questions or problems in the handouts, but with blanks for them to fill out the answers – although I think you will want to make sure they have the salient points in the form of an additional handout before they leave the class. More work for you, but may be worth the effort.

    Comment by Anne Bonney — Thursday, 24, September, 2009 @ 15:01 | Reply

  5. Oh, don’t forget berry aneurisms – yummy.

    Comment by Anne Bonney — Thursday, 24, September, 2009 @ 15:02 | Reply

  6. “It is interesting how pathologists tend to use disgusting food metaphors.”

    I believe “Jeffery Hudson” made a similar observation in *A Case Of Need*.

    Comment by Dwight Brown — Thursday, 24, September, 2009 @ 15:06 | Reply

  7. My wife passes out her lecture notes at the end of the class. The smart ones keep them. Many don’t.

    Comment by Crucis — Thursday, 24, September, 2009 @ 17:27 | Reply

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