Secretary: Dr. Shyder a woman called and wants you to look at her mom's case. She needs an expert.
Me: No, what? Are you sure? She probably wants her mom's case to be sent out to be reviewed by an expert. Did you get her mom's name? A case number? How do I look her up?
Secretary: No. She was talking so fast. I only got a number.
Secretary #2: I'll call the number and try to get more information for you.
Me: Thanks. Weird. No rush on that.
Later in the afternoon.
Secretary #2: Dr. Shyder you're not going to believe this. She's from another state. Her mom's death was ruled a suicide. She googled and found you as the expert. She wants you to review the case because she believes it was a homicide.
Me: ?? Give me a little bit of time to figure this out.
Post in PMG pathology. Get lots of advice. Most pertinent:
I'm Priya Banerjee. Please refer her to me. Autopsymd@gmail.com. www.anchorforensicpathology.com. I'll evaluate the case, and even if she doesn't like my assessment I'll be objective.
Me: Secretary #2 will you please call her back and tell her I'm not an expert in forensic pathology but this doc is and she can call her for a second opinion?
Glad to know there is someone out there I can use if I ever have trouble with a death and need an independent evaluation.