Intern for Medical Examiner’s Office
PUBLIC HEALTH – SEATTLE & KING COUNTY
Prevention Division/Medical Examiner’s Office
Hourly Rate Range: $13.96 (Intern)
OPEN: 11/28/2016 CLOSE: 12/11/2016
*The first review of candidates will be on 12/5/2016
WHO MAY APPLY: This is an Autopsy/Anthropology Intern position for the Autopsy Section of the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. This 15-22 hour per week position will begin on approximately 1/2/2017. Both graduate and undergraduate students interested in forensic science/forensic anthropology should consider this a great experience. This also provides an excellent opportunity for pre-med students.
REQUIREMENTS: Full time enrollment (excluding summer) in a Washington State college is a requirement to apply.
FORMS AND MATERIALS REQUIRED: A resume and cover letter detailing your background and describing how you meet or exceed the requirements are required.
WHERE TO APPLY: Resume and cover letter should be sent to: Medical Examiner’s Office, Attention: Louise Davis, Program Manager, 325 Ninth Avenue HMC, Box 359792, Seattle, WA 98104 or via email to Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org. Both must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the closing date. Contact Louise Davis or Jessica Mahowald at (206) 731-3232 for questions/inquiries.
WORK LOCATION: Medical Examiner’s Office, 908 Jefferson, 2nd Floor, First Hill Seattle.
WORK SCHEDULE: 15-22 hours per week. Approximately 3 days per week (depending on school schedule) from 6:30 am-12:00 pm and mandatory Saturdays from 6:30 am-10:30 am.
PRIMARY JOB DUTIES INCLUDE:
This position provides a wide variety of technical support service functions. Duties include;
- Providing technical assistance to pathologists conducting postmortem examinations and forensic autopsies of human remains by assisting pathologists in opening and eviscerating bodies and collecting toxicological samples during autopsy.
- Providing technical assistance to the Forensic Anthropologist by processing, x-raying and arranging skeletal remains in anatomical position for final photographs.
- Assisting in holding and moving bodies for photography.
- Performing radiologic examinations on deceased individuals including dental x-rays for identification.
- Assisting in the preparation of bodies for the funeral homes.
- Attending autopsy staff meetings and KCMEO weekly conferences.
- Assisting in preparation of paperwork/autopsy preparations as needed.
- Performing transcription on cases that have been autopsied.
- Other related duties as requested.
- Ability to work on a team.
- Knowledge of physiology, anatomy and skeletal biology.
- Skills in maintaining confidentiality regarding sensitive and private materials;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Knowledge in operating standard office equipment;
- Willingness to commit to a one year internship at the Medical Examiner’s Office;
- Typing skills
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
- Ability to deal with death and trauma on an ongoing and daily basis, with the ability to provide sensitive customer service in-person and over the telephone to persons who are grieving and mentally distraught.
- Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
- Selected candidate must pass a thorough background investigation.
“My time at the King County Medical Examiner’s Office (KCMEO) has been an incredibly rewarding experience. As an autopsy intern and trainee, I worked alongside investigators, autopsy technicians and forensic pathologists whose goal is to investigate sudden, unexpected, violent, suspicious, and unnatural deaths. There are many skills and experiences I have learned that have been invaluable in my pursuit of a career in medicine. I am very grateful for everything I have learned at the KCMEO. As I assist the doctors during their internal examination, I have been given the unique opportunity to learn about anatomy, pathology and medicine. Every day offers a new challenge and I have learned more about medicine then I could ever imagine. For me, the most rewarding take away from my time at the KCMEO has been my experience working with a team dedicated to helping bring closure and justice to our community. Contributing to a team whose goal is to serve our community has helped me grow as a person and has solidified my desire to pursue a career in medicine. I would recommend that anyone who is passionate about medicine and helping their community apply to become an intern.” - Eric, former KCMEO Intern & UW ’16 Alumnus