State of Utah Employment – Autopsy Assistant

Website State of Utah

Job Description:

Are you interested in anatomy, pathology or forensics? Join the Office of the Medical Examiner (OME) with the Utah Department of Health as an Autopsy Assistant by supporting the Medical Examiners with autopsies and external examinations of decedents. The Office of the Medical Examiner operates on a seven day work week which includes a rotating schedule for weekends and holidays. The daily schedule will be typically 7:00 am to 3:30 pm but might begin at 6:30 am occasionally. In addition to these work times you must be able to handle unpleasant and disturbing images and odors while performing, and being around autopsies, be able to lift at least 50 pounds (while working actively for extended periods), and have a knowledge of medical terminology. Due to the nature of this position, compliance with the Utah Department of Health Employee Immunization policy is required and continued employment is contingent on passing a background check.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Receiving and releasing decedent to and from appropriate agencies.
  • Entering data into a database for pertinent investigation information.
  • Maintaining good working relationships with outside agencies.
  • Lifting, transferring, and positioning individuals correctly using approved lifting techniques and procedures.
  • Collecting tissues and samples for toxicology testing, cultures, research studies, and special testing.
  • Instructing residents, medical students, and new staff while complying with policy and procedures.
  • Coordinating with funeral homes, law enforcement, staff, and tissue recovery agencies.
  • Documenting by photograph and x-ray of pertinent findings.
  • Taking inventory and documenting personal effects and evidence.
  • Taking fingerprints using traditional ink.
  • Preparing, performing, and cleaning up of external examinations and autopsies.

Job Requirements:

  • Is an independent quick learner, anticipates tasks to be completed, and is well organized.
  • Has a strong and trusted work ethic, and be able to work with limited or no supervision.
  • Has a knowledge of blood borne pathogen precautions.
  • Is able to perform medical procedures.
  • Has knowledge of rules of evidence and chain of custody.
  • Has over 4 years of education and/or experience related to anatomy, physiology, biology, pathology, and/or medical training.
  • Is able to work well with others including common sense problem resolution.

Job Details:

Company: State of Utah

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Location: Salt Lake County, UT, US

Application Deadline: N/A

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