Associate Chief Medical Examiner

US Government, Dept of Health and Human Services

Pending Classification Approval

This is a REPOST. Previous applicants do not need to reapply to be considered.

***Hiring for multiple positions: 10062201, 10062202, 10062203, and 10062204***

This is an advanced specialized professional medical position that provides pathology assistance to the Chief Medical Examiner. The Associate Chief Medical Examiner performs medico-legal examinations (up to approximately 250 per year) and/or reviews non-central office medical examiner cases (at least 400 per year; number is dependent on Pathologist’s autopsy case load), is responsible for the medicolegal interpretations of the findings and consults with local medical examiners. The employee may serve as a senior attending pathologist for autopsies performed by the Forensic Pathology Fellow, pathology residents, and medical students.   S/he gives both individual and group instruction in Forensic Pathology to lay and professional audiences including law enforcement, medical students, physicians, and allied health professionals.

Medicolegal Autopsy Examinations

The physician employee may perform approximately 200-250 medicolegal autopsies per year and prepares a final written autopsy report of the findings based on the autopsy examination itself, review of the histologic slides and toxicology results, consultation with law enforcement officials, and/or a review of the decedent’s medical records.  S/he is responsible for the final certification of cause and manner of death in these autopsy cases. The autopsy findings and interpretation are discussed with family members, other physicians, law enforcement agents and attorneys. In addition, the Associate Chief Medical Examiner may consult with medical examiners, pathologists, law enforcement personnel, and the media on the interpretation and significance of findings and laboratory test results.

Case Review and Quality Control

This individual is assigned a set of North Carolina counties (number dependent on autopsy case load). S/he is responsible for reviewing the investigation/autopsy reports submitted by the local medical examiners and regional pathologists to assure that the reports are complete, accurate, and consistent before they become official public records.  The Associate Chief Medical Examiner is responsible for final death certification on these cases.  

About the Division of Public Health and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
The NC Division of Public Health (DPH) works to promote and contribute to the highest possible level of health for the people of North Carolina – Everywhere, Everyday, Everybody.
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Campus Amenities and Benefits at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
We are located in Raleigh, NC. According to Forbes, we are ranked as one of the top 20 best places to retire and the 2nd most educated city in the country. US News & World ranks Raleigh among the top 15 places to live in the U.S.

  • 220,000 square feet state-of-the-art facility
  • Plentiful Free Parking
  • Easy access to highways (70, 40 and 440), NC Museum of Art, Umstead State Park, healthcare providers, and shopping centers
  • Proximity to globally and nationally ranked universities (NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke)
  • Fitness area with exercise equipment, classes, and wellness activities
  • Patio Dining with Umbrellas
  • Weekly Food Trucks
  • Car Cleaning and Detailing Services On-site bimonthly
  • Annual Flu Shot Clinic for Employees and Families
  • Monthly and quarterly career development classes, including opportunities for traveling
  • Library of academic journals and materials on-site
  • Employee Engagement and Staff Development Activities
  • NC OCME Employee Recognition Programs
  • State Health Plan and State of NC Employee Benefits
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