Associate Medical Examiner, District 5

The District 5 Medical Examiner’s Office is delighted to announce an opportunity to join three experienced board certified forensic pathologists in central Florida.

The Office of the Medical Examiner is located in sunny Lake County, a stone’s throw from Florida’s coastal beaches and theme parks.  Home to more than 1,000 freshwater lakes and rivers, Lake County offers a simple and natural view of “Old Florida”, with endless acres of preserves to include access to three state parks, one state forest, one national wildlife refuge and one national forest.  Lake County offers a low cost of living with no state income tax, and safe and friendly communities.  The charming city of Mount Dora is well known for its top-rated art festival, fall craft festival, sailing regatta, antique shops, and award-winning cuisine, and nearby Tavares has evolved a seaplane culture.  Lake County is minutes away from the Orlando area attractions and the Orlando International Airport to the southeast, Tampa only slightly further to the southwest, Gainesville to the north, and both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts within a short day trip.

The office is based in Lake County, with jurisdiction over Lake, Marion, Sumter, Citrus, and Hernando counties, covering a large area of central Florida extending to the Gulf Coast. The area is well known for its citrus heritage, equestrian culture, and numerous outdoor activities including freshwater and saltwater fishing.  

The pathologists are volunteer faculty with the University of Central Florida and are regularly involved in educational activities including with the regional trauma center, child death review team, and law enforcement.  In 2016 the office performed just under 1000 autopsies. Our population is growing, influenced both by expanding developments and by fluctuations in seasonal/non-permanent residents.  

Duties include:

  • The performance of autopsies, external examinations, and records reviews to determine the cause and manner of death, pursuant to Florida State Statute, Chapter 406.
  • Preparation of autopsy reports.
  • Rotating on-call duties with other physicians on staff.
  • Serving as an expert witness and providing testimony in trials, grand jury, depositions, and conferences with attorneys.
  • Participating in conferences with family members, law enforcement, attorneys, and other individuals to provide information on investigations and autopsies.
  • Training personnel as needed or requested.
  • Providing educational lectures for students, law enforcement, and the general community.
  • Reviewing cases that are reported in which jurisdiction is declined.
  • Reviewing cremation requests.
  • Maintaining educational knowledge related to Forensic Pathology and Medico-legal death investigation.

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Associate Medical Examiner, Palm Beach County

PBClogoPalm Beach County, Florida is seeking applicants for the position of Associate Medical Examiner.

The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner office serves Florida Medical Examiner District 15 (Palm Beach County), under the direction of the District Medical Examiner. The full-time professional staff consists of the Chief Medical Examiner and five Associate Medical Examiners. Support staff includes forensic investigators, autopsy technicians, digital photography and radiography, and in-house transcription service. Please visit the Florida Medical Examiner Commission WEBSITE for our office workload statistics.

The successful candidate will be employed by Palm Beach County. County employee benefits include health insurance, state retirement system, vacation and sick leave, and liability insurance. Details are found HERE. The County participates in the Florida Retirement System, with medical examiners in Special Risk Membership (3% x years of service x the average of your highest eight years of salary) with vesting at eight years. There is also an investment plan which the member can choose instead of the pension that vests in one year. More information is available HERE.

Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited school of medicine with the degree of Doctor of Medicine; eligibility for license to practice medicine in the State of Florida; successful completion of residency in anatomic and forensic pathology; board eligible/certification in anatomic and forensic pathology by the American Board of Pathology; and a minimum of one year of experience in the practice of forensic pathology.

The position is available now and will remain open until filled.

The starting annual salary is $191,000, but is negotiable depending on years of experience.

Interested candidates should send current curriculum vitae and three references to Dr. Michael Bell, MD at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For questions, please call Dr. Bell at 561-688-4575.

District Medical Examiner, Monroe County (District 16)

Position of the Medical Examiner for District 16 (Monroe County), Florida Keys:

This position is responsible for performing the duties of the Medical Examiner for Florida District 16 (Monroe County), in The Florida Keys.

Minimum Education and/or Experience:
A Florida-licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.) and experienced practitioner of pathology who possesses qualifications to take the examination or already possesses the primary certification offered by The American Board of Pathology, American Osteopathic Board of Pathology, or equal qualification rendered by a non-United States medical specialty certifying agency.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of principles and practices of forensic pathology, laws, rules and regulations governing forensic services in Florida. Ability to run the Office of the Medical Examiner; communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish and maintain positive working relationships with members of law enforcement agencies; ability to testify effectively as an expert witness.

Working Conditions:
The Office of the Medical Examiner is located at 56639 Overseas Highway, Marathon Shores, Florida. The Medical Examiner performed 207 death investigations in 2015. Current staffing includes a pathologist, two forensic investigators, morgue technician, and a secretary.

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Please pay by check made out to "Florida Association of Medical Examiners" and mail to:

Michael Bell, MD
Palm Beach County Medical Examiner Office
3126 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406