Job Description DEPUTY CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER Nueces County
Medical Examiner 2610 Hospital Blvd. Corpus Christi, TX 78405
Salary: $80.85 hour Apply on website: www.nuecesco.com under
employment tab Position open until filled SUMMARY Duties include
conducting forensic autopsies; providing clear verbal
communications as expert testimony in criminal or civil
proceedings; conducting or participating in in-service training for
law enforcement or other agencies as needed; consulting from a
pathology perspective on emergency response, and assisting as a
liaison with organ and tissue procurement organizations. Some
individual teaching of staff investigators and technicians and
occasional individual teaching of resident physicians and college
students in training programs is expected. Since this is also a
management position the duties may include employee supervision and
management of day to day office functions.
The employee is required to be on duty before, during, and after
natural disasters and emergencies, as directed. ESSENTIAL DUTIES
AND RESPONSIBILITIES Include the following. Holds inquests, with or
without a jury, in cases where:
a person dies within 24 hours after admission to a hospital or
institution or in prison or in jail.
a person is killed; or from any cause dies an unnatural death,
except under sentence of the law; ordies in the absence of one or
more good witnesses.
the body of a human being is found and the circumstances of the
death are unknown.
the circumstances of the death of any person are such as to lead to
suspicion that he or she died byunlawful means.
any person commits suicide, or the circumstances of the death are
such as to lead to suspicion that heor she committed suicide.
a person dies without having been attended by a duly licensed and
practicing physician, and the localhealth officer or registrar of
vital statistics does not know the cause of death.
a person who has been attended immediately preceding his death by a
duly licensed physician orphysicians and such physician or
physicians are not certain as to the cause of death and are
unableto certify with certainty the cause of death.
Administers oaths and takes affidavits while making
investigation and holding inquests.
Takes charge of the body and all property found with it in the
absence of next-of-kin or a legal representative of the
Reviews or conducts scene investigations and background
investigations. Performs external exams, partial autopsy or
complete autopsy on Nueces county deaths. On out-of-county cases
performs external exams, partial autopsy, or complete autopsy when
Chief Medical Examiner is not available. Attends the local
conferences example EG. child fatality review team meetings and,
mass fatality review team meetings.
Attends National Conferences: EG. National Association of
Medical Examiners (NAME), and American Academy of Forensic Science
(AAFS). Receives reports of death from police officers or
departments, superintendents of institutions, physicians and
Testifies in court and gives depositions.
Causes bodies upon which an inquest should have been conducted
to be disinterred for an inquest.
Furnishes certificates of autopsy or that no autopsy was
necessary to owners and operators of crematories before a body is
Keeps full and complete records, properly indexed, giving the
name if known, of every person whose death is investigated; the
place where the body was found; the date; the cause and manner of
death; and the full report and detailed findings of the autopsy, if
Assists with plans for the future services and budgetary needs
of the department.
Assists with managing personnel, equipment, facilities and
finances assigned to the department.
Assists with evaluating services and employees of the
Is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Assists with providing summary reports to Commissioners Courts
on a quarterly basis.
Performs such other duties as may be assigned by Chief Medical
Examiner. EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE Graduation as a Medical
Doctor or D.O. from an accredited school, with specific training
and/or experience in pathology, forensic pathology, toxicology,
histology and other medical-legal sciences; Must be board certified
by the American Board of Pathology (ABP) in Anatomic Pathology. ABP
certification in Forensic Pathology or recent successful completion
of a forensic pathology fellowship program. Licensure as a
physician by the State Board of Medical Examiners. Board Eligible
or Certified in Forensic Pathology. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Graduation as a Medical Doctor or D.O. from an accreditedschool,
with specific training and/or experience in pathology, forensic
pathology, toxicology, histology and other medical-legal sciences;
Must be board certified by the American Board of Pathology (ABP) in
Anatomic Pathology. ABP certification in Forensic Pathology or
recent successful completion of a forensic pathology fellowship
program. Licensure as a physician by the State Board of Medical
Examiners. Board Eligible or Certified in Forensic Pathology.