|Head of Department||Dr. Mohd. Shah Mahmood|
Forensic medicine is a branch of science which applies medical knowledge in the court of law.
Prior to the year 2002, forensic unit was part of the Pathology Department in Hospital Kuala Lumpur providing mortuary services.
However, due to the rising importance of forensic medicine in assisting justice within the legal framework, National Institute of Forensic Medicine (IPFN) was established in April 2002.
The establishment of IPFN which is under the 9th Malaysian Plan (RMK9) is intended to revolutionalise forensic services in Malaysia. The Forensic Department at HKL is also the headquarters and referral centre for the whole country. There are currently 5 forensic pathologist located at HKL, with more than 600 forensic cases per year.
The Forensic Department aims to provide excellent and dynamic forensic services using current technology with knowledgeable staff who are honest and sensitive to the needs of clients using quality, teamwork and professional approaches.
The core work process at the Department of Forensic Medicine is to provide forensic pathology, clinical forensic medicine, disaster victim identification(DVI), Post Mortem CT Scan(PMCT) and forensic sciences services.
The forensic pathology covers medicolegal examinations of dead bodies.
The clinical forensic medicine plays a role in medicolegal examination of live human being.
The forensic science services involve management of scenes of crime and toxicology specimens.
In this Department, training is divided into internal and external trainings.
The internal training includes:
- Proper Skill and Correct Approach in the Management of Forensic Cases for Forensic Medical and Scientific Officers,
- Weekly Autopsy Cases Review by Consultants, Specialists and Medical Officers for Departmental Staffs,
- Post Basic Course in Forensic for Medical Assistants.
- Level III Course in Forensic for Health Attendants.
- Hands on training of Disaster Victim Identification.
The external training includes:
- Master of Forensic Pathology Programme for Medical Postgraduate Students from Local Universities,
- Forensic Posting in Master of Anatomic Pathology for Medical Postgraduate Students from Local Universities,
- Forensic Attachment for Medical Officers from Referral Hospitals,
- Forensic Lectures for House Officers from Kuala Lumpur Hospital,
- Forensic Posting for Undergraduate Students from UPM, UNIMAS, IMU, USM and other Medical Colleges,
- Introduction to Forensic Medicine for Police Officers,
- Introduction to Forensic Medicine for Military Officers,
- Introduction to Forensic Medicine for Legal Officers,
- Conducting Phobia Tests for SMART Team Candidates,
- Academic Visits from Various Schools, Colleges, Institutions and Universities.