Job Description

Job Summary

Conducts death investigations to determine the cause and manner of death.  Investigations include the performance of autopsies, external examinations, determining/verifying decedent identity, review of decedent history, interpretation of various tests and histologic slides, provide expert testimony and participate as part of public health committees as primary work duties allow.  The Associate Medical Examiner may serve as the acting clinical department head in the absence of the Chief Medical Examiner.




Must possess a Washington MD/DO license, is currently or has been certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic pathology.  Must be either certified by the American Board of Pathology in forensic pathology or eligible to sit for the boards in forensic pathology and obtain certification within three years of appointment.  Must maintain certification by the American Board of Pathology in forensic pathology.  Maintain a valid driver license in state of residency.


Knowledge of:  Operations, services, and activities of a death investigation center; pathology and forensic pathology procedures; methods, practices, equipment and procedures of handling deceased individuals; report writing principles and techniques.


Ability to:  Prepare detailed technical reports; solve complex investigations of death; use strong interpersonal skills, including ability to interact and cooperate with co-workers and to deal effectively with law enforcement personnel, attorneys, court personnel, county commissioners, and the general public.


Examples of Duties



The Associate Medical Examiner reports directly to the Chief Medical Examiner.  The Associate Medical Examiner is not responsible for the development or ongoing management of Medical Examiner Office policies and procedures; however, the Associate Medical Examiner may provide input and recommendations for policy and procedure revisions during periods of regularly scheduled review.  This position has broad responsibility and considerable latitude for independent judgment and works autonomously in the performance of daily forensic pathology and operational activities.  All work is subject to review by the Chief Medical Examiner.


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Salary Grade: M2.854 $13,574.00 – $19,176.00- per month

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