Medical Examiner Positions

The Medical Examiner relies on specialists and support staff to investigate reportable deaths and determine the cause and manner of death. 

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.

Forensic Investigator
Education: Police officer certification or criminal justice degree.  American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators Certification (obtained within 3 years of employment). 
Primary Duties: Gathers 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.

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.

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 secretaries who handle the incoming telephone inquiries and coordinate the completion of death certificates and autopsy reports and greet the public. An office administrator handles the business dealings for the office.