Assistant Medical Examiner - Actively Recruited - SEIU 20

Cook County Government, Chicago, IL, US


Under the general direction of the Chief Medical Examiner, performs autopsies and postmortem examinations to determine cause and manner of death. Collects evidence for law enforcement agencies. Prepares reports of postmortem examination and autopsies. Reviews medical records, police reports and the reports of the toxicologist as required to accurately determine cause and manner of death. Participates in various research projects with local hospitals and universities. Attends and participates in daily departmental meetings. Directs the staff photographers and X-ray Technicians in the preparation of photographs and radiographs. Answers inquiries from relatives and other interested parties, as to the cause and manner of death. When on call, must be available to consult with the Medical Examiner’s Investigators, make decisions concerning release of organs and tissues for transplantation purposes on Medical Examiner’s cases, and to conduct scene investigations in accordance with Office policy. Required to work in the autopsy suite between eight to thirteen days per month including weekend days. Serves as a faculty member of the Cook County Office of the Medical Examiner Accreditation Counsel for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited program in forensic pathology, teaching/training residents and fellows in Forensic Pathology. Participates in Child Death Review meetings when required. Responsible for promptly reporting communicable disease and other health threats found at autopsy to the Board of Health. May be called upon to provide expert testimony in criminal or civil court or at civil or criminal depositions. May act as a consultant for the police, State’s Attorney, Public Defender’s Office and other professionals in the field of Forensic Pathology. Required to be on twenty-four (24) hour call three to four times per month. Performs other duties as assigned.

Must have extensive knowledge of the field of Forensic Pathology/Medicine. Must have the ability to perform autopsies and have the ability to work under unpleasant conditions. Must have common sense and good judgment the ability to make accurate decisions. Must have excellent teaching skills for training medical students, residents and fellows. Must have the ability to communicate well verbally and in written form to physicians and to lay individuals in one-on-one situation as well as in depositions and court appearances. Must be able to perform required duties in highly stressful and emotional situations. Must be physically capable of performing autopsies and post-mortem examinations in the autopsy suite. Must be available to be on twenty-four (24) hour call three or four times per month. Must be available to work weekend days as part of the monthly schedule. Must have the ability to follow standardized techniques and procedures but must also be able to adapt and make independent decisions where required. Must be skilled in the use of a microscope and the interpretation of histology findings. Must be able to interpret radiographs within the context of forensic pathology practice. Must be skilled in the use of Power Point and other Microsoft Office® software programs. Must be able to perform autopsy examinations without the assistance of a technician on occasion and be familiar with specialized autopsy techniques which may be required in certain situations. Must have excellent organizational skills and be able to complete case reports in a timely fashion.

Physical Requirements: Heavy Work exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.

The duties listed are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work. They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee's normal line of work.


  • Must possess a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree from a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) accredited School of Medicine.*
  • Must possess a valid license to practice medicine in the State of Illinois, in good standing prior to the first day of employment. (Must provide original license or proof of eligibility).
  • Certified in, OR willing and able to obtain Anatomic Pathology or Anatomic/Clinical Pathology and Forensic Pathology Board certifications within three (3) years of start date. (Must provide proof of certification or eligibility).

*Degrees awarded outside of the United States with the exception of those awarded in one of the United States territories and Canada, must be credentialed by either the World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).


$249,836 / Annually

This position is eligible for a one-time hiring bonus of $15,000 payable within the first thirty (30) days of employment.

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