Class Code:PA001


General Description

The purpose of this class within the organization is to determine via autopsy the cause and manner of death in any violent, unexpected, or unnatural death in Broward County.

This class formulates long-range goals for the organization, develop policy and position papers and negotiate with the chief administrative officer and/or elected officials.

Duties and Responsibilities

The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the job as necessary.

Performs full forensic autopsies or external body examinations; prepares autopsy reports of findings; reviews reports of death received from hospitals, police agencies, and private physicians in order to determine jurisdiction of cases.

Conducts on-site (scene) death investigations; performs cremation views of bodies for certifications.

Conducts microscopic examinations of tissue to determine conditions which might have contributed to the death as needed.

Testifies in deposition and trial; furnishes law enforcement officials with evidence and provides professional assistance.

Explains cause of death to relatives of the deceased; provides quality control for other medical examiners; assists in the training of medical students.

Performs related work as assigned.

Physical Demands

Physical demands refer to the requirements for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement.

Performs medium work that involves walking, standing or lifting all of the time and also involves exerting between 20 and 50 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis or exceptional skill, adeptness, and speed in the use of fingers, hands, or limbs in tasks involving very close tolerances or limits of accuracy.

Unavoidable Hazards (Work Environment)

Unavoidable hazards refer to the job conditions that may lead to injury or health hazards even though precautions have been taken.

Involves routine and frequent exposure to toxic/caustic chemicals.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Requires graduation from a medical school  accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), jointly administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association (M.D.), or the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association accredits osteopathic (D.O.) schools. 

Special Certifications and Licenses

Possess and maintain a valid Florida Class E Driver's License based on area of assignment.

Licensed as a medical doctor by the State of Florida. Successful completion of an anatomic or anatomic/clinical pathology residency program and forensic pathology fellowship. All post graduate programs must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.  Must be board certified in anatomic & forensic pathology or anatomic & clinical & forensic pathology by the American Board of Pathology or obtain such certification within two (2) years of commencement of employment.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

Broward County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  ADA requires Broward County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.

Emergency Management Responsibilities

Note: During emergency conditions, all County employees are automatically considered emergency service workers.  County employees are subject to being called to work in the event of a disaster, such as a hurricane, or other emergency situation and are expected to perform emergency service duties, as assigned.

County-wide Employee Responsibilities

All Broward County employees must serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County’s Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies. 

All Broward County employees must establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity and expression.