Under general supervision, performs professional duties of moderate difficulty in assisting the Medical Examiner in interpreting and diagnosing the changes caused by disease in tissues and body fluids.
Major Duties, Responsibilities:
Assists with select autopsy evisceration, organ dissections, and external examinations in cases referred to the Medical Examiner that will require a physical on-site examination. In such cases, will create draft reports for review by the Medical Examiner.
Takes forensic quality photographs and performs digital radiographs at the autopsy, including external findings, injuries, organ pathology, and evidentiary materials obtained from the autopsy or external examination, and upload, photographs and x-rays to a digital database.
Appropriately obtains, documents, efficiently packages, and sends out toxicology, histology, microbiology and other specimens recovered from the autopsy that require outside processing or evaluation.
Stores, catalogs, and maintains tissues recovered from the autopsy, such as gross (stock) tissue, histology slides and blocks, and other autopsy-related specimens, including regular disposal of archived tissue as scheduled.
Regularly maintains autopsy materials and supplies, including stocking of the autopsy suite, ordering of supplies, cleaning and servicing of saws, incubator, evisceration tools and equipment, and maintaining general readiness and cleanliness of the suite.
Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
Minimum 1-year experience in a Medical Examiner/Coroner office or similar autopsy-associated experience.
Education: Master’s degree program for Pathology Assistant which must be accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
Certification: American Society for Clinical Pathology (PA-ASCP).
Routine autopsy evisceration, organ dissection, and pathology examination skills with associated creation of draft reports.
Current state and federal regulations governing death investigations.
Medical terminology as it relates to autopsy and forensic pathology.
Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as ability to work with online databases.
Digital SLR cameras
Using data processing systems and other office equipment and machines.
Plan, organize and maintain workflow.
Maintain board certification.
Follow written and verbal instructions.
Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public.
Work is performed in an office and autopsy suite environment year-round and includes exposure to loud noise, dust, fumes, mist and chemicals.
Independent body mobility to stand, walk, bend, and sit for prolonged periods of time and/or drive a vehicle. Will be required to stand and walk for at least half of their scheduled work shift. Manual dexterity to reach, and grasp; manual dexterity to hand write or use computer keyboard. Vision sufficient to see and read; Hear and speak to communicate with others in person and over the phone; lifting up to 100 pounds and moving deceased bodies in excess of 200 pounds.