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The Department of the Medical Examiner is staffed by 21 individuals with different areas of expertise that allows us to carry out our mandated function of determining the cause and manner of death of persons dying in our county under conditions described in ORC 313. The different job classifications listed below have specific educational requirements and duties.

CAREER INFORMATION

Death Investigator
Education:
Police officer certification or criminal justice degree.
Primary Duties: Gather information regarding the circumstances surrounding the death by telephone discussions with medical, law enforcement and other personnel and family members; attend complex death scenes, document and gather evidence related to the decedent and coordinate efforts with law enforcement agents at the scene; process body for collection of evidence prior to and during autopsy; report initial information to forensic pathologist prior to autopsy examination; prepare report of investigation.

Forensic Pathologist
Education:
4 year undergraduate degree; 4 year medical degree; 3-5 years pathology residency; 1-2 years forensic medicine fellowship.
Primary Duties: Perform autopsies to determine the cause and manner of death; coordinate investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the death, order appropriate laboratory tests; communicate findings to families, law enforcement and medical personnel as needed; testify in court; review and interpret microscopic tissue slides and other laboratory studies related to cases; generate autopsy reports.

Toxicologist
Education:
4 year undergraduate degree in chemistry and may have MS or PhD.
Primary Duties: Prepare body fluids and tissues for chemical analysis, perform complex analyses of fluids and tissues to determine the presence of a variety of drugs and medications and to quantitate these substances using analytic machines and methods.

Histotechnologists
Education:
2 year degree in medical technologies.
Primary Duties: Prepare microscopic tissue slides by fixing, embedding, cutting and staining tissues; provide tissue slides to pathologist for review.

Morgue Attendant
Education:
On the job training, must have good physical and emotional strength and be at ease around dead bodies.
Primary Duties: Weigh and measure bodies, move bodies from gurney to examination table and back, undress bodies, eviscerate, prepare instruments and supplies prior to autopsy; clean morgue.

Support Personnel
Additional staff includes a transcriptionist who transcribes the pathologist's dictations, secretaries who handle the incoming telephone inquiries and coordinates the completion of death certificates and autopsy reports and greet the public. An office administrator handles the business dealings for the office.


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