Under general direction, performs autopsies and other professional work in forensic pathology to determine cause of death; to act as a professional consultant and provide expert witness services; and perform other duties as required under the Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office.
The Forensic Pathologist provides training and indirect oversight of assigned staff and performance of the work within the function of the Coroner’s Office.
May include, but are not necessarily limited to: Perform autopsies, medical records reviews and medical inspections to determine the cause in cases of sudden, violent, or unexpected death whether death was due to natural causes, accident, suicide, homicide, or is undetermined. Collects medical evidence such as trace evidence and secretions; performs chemical and/or microscopic examination of tissues and fluids, and submits samples of body fluids, tissues and other findings to laboratories for toxicology and clinical laboratory examination when analysis may be required.
Dictate medical findings and prepares case reports on observations and interpretations. Prepares detailed reports of findings, performs forensic scene consultations, confers with judicial and law enforcement personnel and assists in interpreting autopsy findings for the purpose of reconstructing events leading to suspected homicides or suicides, gives testimony at inquests, Coroner Review processes, and in court trials.
Offer expert opinions to the Sheriff’s Office regarding manner and cause of death and assist in formulating investigative direction for the Coroner Unit's investigations; Act as a professional consultant in medico-legal cases concerning cause and manner of death for the District Attorney's Office; provide expert testimony in court and legal proceedings. Perform medico-legal pathology services such as examining the nature and origin of wounds and provide toxicology interpretations. Develop, plan, and prepare standardized procedures and protocols. Provide training in forensic evidence collection and death investigation to law enforcement personnel.
Keeps informed of current techniques, procedures and equipment in forensic pathology; conducts special research projects as assigned.
On an "on-call" basis; provide after-hour, weekend, and holiday telephonic consultation and/or response to death scenes or the Coroner facility to assist the Coroner with death investigations.
Principles and practices of modern medicine and autopsy techniques. Highly specialized techniques, investigative procedures and equipment utilized in forensic pathology, including the applicability of toxicology, ballistics/firearm examination, trace evidence, forensic serology, forensic anthropology, DNA technology and interpretation, histology and clinical chemistry necessary to determine circumstance, manner, cause and time of death. Forensic evidence collection techniques and procedures. Rules and regulations applicable for courtroom testimony. Statutes, ordinances, regulations and medico-legal issues related to the Coroner, County Medical Examiner and death investigation. Current safety practices and issues pertinent to Public Health.
Techniques for dealing with and solving the problems presented by a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, in person and over the telephone. Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to the public and Sheriff’s Office staff, in person and over the telephone.
Skill & Ability to: Perform highly skilled post-mortem examinations; review and evaluate complex investigations, autopsy reports and other specific findings to establish the cause of death; communicate effectively and serve as an expert witness in a court of law, inquests, and legal proceedings; write and effectively interpret comprehensive reports; establish and maintain effective relationships with others; exercise independent judgment within general policy and legal guidelines in politically sensitive situations.
Effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, and present a clear and persuasive message to a variety of audiences. Perform specialized medical services in pathology. Keep informed and up to date on current techniques, procedures, and equipment in forensic pathology. Prepare accurate, comprehensive and concise records and reports. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of work.
Speak before large groups with varying degrees of knowledge of pathology. Testify clearly and concisely in court trials, inquests, and legal proceedings.
Graduation from an accredited school of medicine AND possession of a valid Physicians and Surgeons Certificate issued by the Board of Examiners of the State of California.
Two (2) years of experience as a Forensic Pathologist (or equivalent) within a Medical Examiner or Coroner's Office or equivalent or, One (1) year of full-time, paid work experience in the field of forensic pathology, including experience gained during fellowship.
LICENSE OF CERTIFICATE
Possession or, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California Driver’s License.
The Forensic Pathologist works in a bio-hazard environment, subject to fumes, odors, blood, and other bodily fluids, and communicable diseases.
Must be willing to work flexible hours, which may include weekends, holidays, and shift work.
Must be mentally and physically capable of performing the classification's essential functions as summarized in this information.
Must be able to pass a thorough background investigation.
Internal Number: 1105-001
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