Founded in 1999 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine
is a provider of education, training, and research. The Institute's purpose is to strengthen and improve the administration of justice by educating forensic scientists, forensic pathologists, law enforcement, legal professionals, medical professionals, and the public. The institute was founded with a grant from novelist Patricia Cornwell
, creator of the fictional medical examiner Kay Scarpetta
. (In the early 2000s, a Google
search for the string "Scarpetta Institute" often yielded a link to the VIFSM).
The Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine has a medical examiner system, forensic science laboratories, and more than 200 faculty members who are practitioners of forensic science
The Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine offers post-graduate fellowships
as preparation for careers in forensic
In 2006, the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine claimed to accomplish the following:
- It was presented with the 2006 Associations Advance America Award of Excellence in Public Policy in Washington, D.C.
- It was the featured presenter at the 2006 Virginia Bioscience Conference.
- It was the nominee for the 2006 Harvard University Innovations in American Government Award.
- The American film company M2 Productions produced a feature-length documentary about VIFSM's Fellowship Training......