DEPARTMENT ONLY - Forensic Pathologist
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DEPARTMENT ONLY - This is a department only recruitment for current City and County of Denver - Department of Environmental Health (DEH) employees who are eligible for promotion, transfer, demotion, or re-promotion.

The City and County of Denver is currently accepting applications for the position of Forensic Pathologist for the Office of the Medical Examiner (OME) to fill an anticipated vacancy May 1, 2013. The individual will function as an Assistant Medical Examiner for the City and County of Denver. The individual must be AP or AP/CP board certified and either FP board certified or board eligible. If board eligible, FP boards must be obtained within 18 months of hire. A current license to practice medicine in the State of Colorado is required at the time of hire.

The OME is housed administratively in the Department of Environmental Health (DEH). The OME is a NAME accredited facility. Approximately 3900-4000 deaths will be reported to the office in 2013, with primary jurisdiction accepted on approximately 1100 cases. An anticipated 700-750 of these cases will be full autopsies, with approximately 200 visuals and 140 medical record reviews. Cases are shared with two other full time AP/CP/FP boarded pathologists along with a Fellow in forensic pathology in an ACGME accredited program. Support includes 7 full time investigators (most with ABMDI certification), a chief investigator (ABMDI certified), 4 autopsy technicians, 3 clerical office staff, 1 Director of Operations and 1 medical transcriptionist. A clinical academic appointment to the University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Pathology is available. Denver is a vibrant community at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, with a population of just over 600,000. It has many museums and cultural activities; supports several professional sports teams; has large network of city parks and bike trails; and is close to skiing, snowboarding and a wide range of other recreational activities.

If interested please apply online at . A letter of interest and an updated curriculum vitae should also be emailed to:

Job Responsibilities:
Reviews deaths reported to the Office of the Medical Examiner as required by Colorado Statute and determines which cases will require an autopsy, visual examination or other.

Performs medicolegal autopsies in accordance with accepted standards in the recognized medical specialty of forensic pathology.

Orders and interprets necessary diagnostic tests to aid in the diagnosis of disease and non-natural pathology, understands the effects of postmortem interval on laboratory test results, and determines the cause and manner of death.

Shares on-call responsibilities with other staff physicians, responds to homicide or other suspicious death scenes as necessary, and consults on the release of organs and tissue for recovery by procurement agencies.

Gives testimony as to the cause of death and renders expert opinions in a variety of legal forums, both criminal and civil.

Collects evidence and preserves it using accepted chain of custody procedures, documents findings at autopsy including pertinent traumatic injuries in the form of a written report, and photographs pertinent findings and traumatic injuries.

Consults with medical experts as necessary to aid in the determination of the cause of death.

Meets and/or confers with attorneys, law enforcement, and health professionals to discuss the autopsy findings and investigation.

Meets and/or speaks with families to discuss the results of the autopsy and the particulars of the death investigation and communicates with the media and other interested parties about the autopsy report.

Assists in the education and training of medical students, residents, interns, and others in the function of the Medical Examiner/Coroner and in forensic pathology.

Assists in the planning and participation of research activities that the office collaborates on.

Assists the Chief Medical Examiner in assessing the quality of services provided, helps ensure that staff and visitors conform with office and department safety policies at scenes and in the autopsy room, and assists in the development of office safety policies and in the development of office emergency preparedness plans.

Assists in the collaboration with local, regional, and state law enforcement, investigative, legal, and medical agencies including public health.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Any one position may not include all of the duties listed. However, the allocation of positions will be determined by the amount of time spent in performing the essential duties listed above.

Education Requirement:
Graduation from an approved school of medicine plus completion of post-graduate training approved by the American Board of Pathology. Experience Requirement:

None Licensure and/or Certification:
Possession of a license to practice medicine in the State of Colorado at the time of hire.
Board certification in Anatomic or Anatomic/Clinical Pathology is required at the time of application.
Must be eligible to sit for the Forensic Pathology Boards at the time of appointment.
Must pass the Forensic pathology boards within 18 months of employment.

Additional Information:
The salary for this position will start at approximately $150,000 (FP board eligible) to $170,000 (FP certified). The pay range for this position is a maximum of $234,723, reached through a series of pay increases based on a yearly performance evaluation. The actual starting salary will depend upon the chosen individual’s qualifications. The City and County of Denver is an equal opportunity employer.

If interested please apply online at . A letter of interest and an updated curriculum vitae should also be emailed to:

The City and County of Denver values leadership that influences the commitment, ability and willingness of employees to provide quality service to the citizens of Denver. Classification Title : Forensic Pathologist
Pay Grade : 823-O
Agency : Department of Environmental Health, Office of the Medical Examiner
To Apply : Please select the apply button at the top of this posting / visit:
Background Check / Drug Testing : Candidates must pass a criminal background check, 10 year employment verification and education verification. Additional checks such as credit and drug testing may be required.
Probationary Period : The successful candidate will be required to complete a minimum six month probationary period (benefits will be active during this time) prior to attaining Career Status with the City. As part of probation, employees complete a series of internal training classes which may include supervisory training based on the specific role.
Recruiter : LM We offer a competitive benefits package including:
Medical, Dental & Vision Plans (multiple programs)
Paid Time Off (combined vacation/sick leave)
Paid Holidays
Retirement (Pension Plan & 457 Deferred Comp Plan)
Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical, Parking, Dependant Care)
RTD Pass Discounts
Life Insurance; Short-term and Long-term Disability Insurance
Domestic Partner Programs
Wellness Center & Programs (vary by location)
Education & Training Classes (vary by location)
On-site perks such as dry cleaning, mail service and lobby convenience stores (vary by location) For more information on our benefits, please click here .
No relocation assistance is available.
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