CLASSIFICATION TITLE: Medical Examiner
DEPARTMENT: Macomb County Health Department
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP: At-Will
Under general direction, this classification is responsible for performing post-mortem examinations as the legally designated Medical Examiner for Macomb County, including microscopic and toxicology studies to determine official cause and manner of death in legally required cases. Investigates and identifies cause of death using approved medical procedures, and notifies next of kin. Conducts authorized autopsies, performs microscopic and macroscopic studies of organs and fluids, and prepares reports detailing post-mortem inspections, including conditions relating to disease and a statement relating to cause of death. Develops methods of operation for professional and technical employees assisting in post-mortem studies to assure complete and thorough autopsy results. Testifies as an expert witness in criminal cases in Macomb County regarding findings.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provides oversight and guidance to Deputy Medical Examiners in their investigations into circumstances of death.
Performs post-mortem examinations including microscopic and toxicological studies to determine official cause and manner of death in legally required cases.
Conducts autopsies, performs microscopic studies of organs and fluids and prepares reports detailing post-mortem inspections including conditions relating to disease and a statement relating to the cause of death.
Performs medicolegal investigations, forensic autopsies, and completes reports.
Responds to scene investigations of homicides and suspicious deaths.
Testifies as an expert witness in court, depositions and criminal cases.
Responsible for maintaining timely and accurate records.
Confers with prosecutors and police investigators regarding cases.
Oversees laboratory services.
Provides and maintains liaison activities with law enforcement, health agencies and other organizations.
Signs death and cremation certificates.
Assists in developing back-up forensic pathology services.
Oversees all aspects of the medical-legal investigation of Medical Examiner cases of death.
Conducts information/education programs for law enforcement personnel, hospital personnel and employees of funeral homes as to the operation and procedures of the Medical Examiner System.
May make funeral and burial arrangements for unclaimed bodies.
Operates an automobile while performing assigned duties.
Performs related duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience
Graduate of a regularly chartered and legally constituted medical school or college, or osteopathic medical school or college
Completed a training program in anatomic pathology accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or equivalent
Two years experience in the medical examiner and/or forensic field
Preferred Education and Experience
Certification in anatomic and forensic pathology by the American Board of Pathology or by the American Osteopathic Board of Pathology
Required Licenses or Certifications
Physician license and in good standing in the State of Michigan
Must be Board Certified anatomic and forensic pathology by the American Board of Pathology or by the American Osteopathic Board of Pathology
Possession of a valid Michigan driver’s license and operable insured automobile for authorized travel
COMPETENCIES FOR SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE OF JOB DUTIES:
Safety procedures when handling chemicals and related laboratory equipment
Laws, codes and regulations pertaining to Forensic Pathology
Current developments in the field of public health and private health care
Principles and practices of public health administration
Social determinants of health in Macomb County
Applying public health theory and practices
Interpersonal skills necessary to develop and maintain effective and appropriate working relationships
Performing a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature
Assigning, prioritizing, monitoring, and reviewing work assignments
Effective written and verbal communication methods to conduct meetings and make group presentations
Observing problems and analytically design solutions
Managing and supervising employees to apply best industry standards and methods
Present evidence and findings in a clear and concise manner both verbally and in writing
Compile statistics, decipher pertinent information, and present oral operational and other types of departmental reports to officials and other interested groups or individuals
Organize and thoroughly document examinations performed
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with administrative, professional and support staff within the Health Department and with officials and staff of local, Federal and State government organizations and private organizations
Cope with difficult and/or emergent situations requiring immediate decisions in accordance with Departmental policies and objectives
Work in an environment which embraces the county’s Dignity Campaign
Effectively speak, write and understand the English language
Understand and carry out oral and/or written instructions
Accurately organize and maintain paper documents and electronic files
Maintain the confidentiality of information
Ability to conduct oneself with tact and courtesy
The work environment and exposures described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
N/S=Never/Seldom O=Occasionally F/C= Frequently/Continuously
Office or similar indoor environment: F/C
Outdoor environment: O
Street environment (near moving traffic): N/S
Construction site: N/S
Confined space: O
Individuals who are hostile or irate: O
Individuals with known violent backgrounds: O
Extreme cold (below 32 degrees): F/C
Extreme heat (above 100 degrees): O
Communicable diseases: F/C
Moving mechanical parts: F/C
Fumes or airborne particles: F/C
Toxic or caustic chemicals, substances, or waste: F/C
Loud noises (85+ decibels): O
Blood Borne Pathogens: F/C
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
N/S=Never/Seldom O=Occasionally F/C= Frequently/Continuously
Balancing on even or uneven surfaces/ground: F/C
Bending (forward or backward bending at the waist): F/C
Climbing up or down stairs, ladders, scaffolding and platforms: F/C
Crawling (moving about on hands and knees). Inspecting in confined spaces: O
Driving on sealed and unsealed roads: O
Grasping, gripping, holding, clasping with fingers or hands: F/C
Kneeling to work at low levels: F/C
Manual Dexterity (fine finger movements i.e., keyboard operating, writing): F/C
Lift/Carry/Move objects from one level/position to another (covered by the items below):
Over 100 pounds: F/C
Push / Pull objects away from or towards the body: F/C
Reaching overhead (arms raised above the shoulder) or forward reaching (arms extended): F/C
Sitting in a seated position during the task performance: F/C
Standing in an upright position without movement: F/C
Walking considerable distances in the facility on multiple surfaces: F/C
Running considerable distances in the facility on multiple surfaces: N/S
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS AND DISCLAIMERS
Complies with P.A. 390, as amended, known as the State’s Emergency Management Act and the County’s Emergency Management resolution as well as all related plans, policies and procedures covered by those statutes.
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by employees in this job. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
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