NATURE OF WORK
This is responsible professional and administrative work in the Medical Examiner and Trauma Services Division.
Work involves determining the cause and manner of death of human beings within Broward County, producing written reports of the findings and maintaining specimens and evidence. Work also involves overseeing the work of the Resident Medical Examiners. Duties are performed under the general supervision of the Chief Medical Examiner, or assigned supervisor, through the review of autopsy and scene reports and through periodic staff conferences to identify trends and review problem cases.
Performs autopsies, examinations, and death scene investigations.
Reviews cases through analysis of autopsies, laboratory findings and case investigation reports.
Provides quality control for other medical examiners through collegial peer review.
Furnishes law enforcement officials with medical and scientific evidence; provides professional assistance to law enforcement investigators and officials.
Testifies in deposition, trial, and other legal activities as an expert witness within the scope of the practice. Ability to present findings in court in a logical manner.
Explains causes of death to relatives of the deceased; acts compassionately with bereaved families and is sensitive to their concerns.
Assists in the training of the Resident Medical Examiners, medical students, other allied health and legal students.
Participates in training required to meet Florida Medical Licensure requirements of continuing medical education (CME).
Consults with the Chief Medical Examiner, or assigned supervisor, on the effective handling of assigned responsibilities.
Prepares narrative, technical, and statistical reports using a personal computer.
Assists with establishment and updating of policies and procedures
Encouraged to research, prepare and present scientific papers.
Communicates clearly orally and in writing.
Performs related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS
Knowledge of Chapter 406, Florida Statutes, Florida Administrative Code 11G, Florida Association of Medical Examiners Practice Standards, and other laws and professional standards relating to the functions of the Medical Examiner and Trauma Management Division.
Knowledge of established procedures for deciding jurisdiction of cases as well as investigative procedures for determining causes and manner of death.
Knowledge of investigative procedures relevant to scene investigations including mass disasters.
Knowledge of the applications of forensic science and investigative techniques as they relate to forensic medicine.
Knowledge of principles, practices, instruments and methods used in the collection and processing of post-mortem evidence.
Knowledge of rules of evidence as they apply to the preservation of specimens from a post-mortem examination.
Knowledge of the legal aspects of death investigations and aspects of court testimony.
Knowledge in the principles and practices of anatomic and clinical pathology as well as general medical practice.
Knowledgeable about the proper disposal of contagious and/or infectious materials and waste.
Knowledge of the procedures involved in detecting, analyzing, evaluating and interpreting manifestations and symptoms of physical conditions from pathological examinations.
Knowledgeable about poisons and toxicology testing and interpretation of results.
Ability to perform correct and proper post-mortem examinations and solve complex problems arising from these examinations.
Ability to learn and apply the operations of the Medical Examiner and Trauma Management Division.
Ability to interact with and treat peers and subordinates calmly and with respect.
Ability to provide professional education to Division staff and the public at large.
Ability to use a personal computer and basic office software and the Division’s technical applications.
Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of BrowardCounty's Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.
Ability to 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.
Skill in the interpretation of microscopic findings.
Skill in the performance of autopsy techniques.
Skill in the use of microscopes, surgical tools and other equipment used in investigations.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Graduation from a school of medicine or osteopathy that is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association Committee on Osteopathic College Accreditation. Foreign medical graduates must meet all the requirements of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and the United States Medical Licensing Examination. 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 2 years of commencement of employment. Failure to obtain such certification within the prescribed time limit may result in termination of employment at the discretion of the District Medical Examiner.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT
Licensed as a medical doctor by the State of Florida at the time of appointment. Have or be able to obtain a Florida driver’s license.
Must be physically capable of performing death scene investigations, including in areas of dense foliage, wet environments, and rugged terrain.
Bargaining Unit: GSA-P
FLSA Status: Exempt
Financial Disclosure Required
Class Spec Estab ./Revised E 05/1994 R 10/2012