Chief Medical Examiner, Palm Beach County

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

The NAME-accredited Palm Beach County Medical Examiner office serves Florida Medical Examiner District 15 (Palm Beach County), under the direction of the Chief Medical Examiner. The full-time professional staff consists of the Chief Medical Examiner and five Associate Medical Examiners. Support staff includes 8 forensic investigators, 6 autopsy technicians, digital photography and radiography (Lodox), and in-house transcription service.

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. 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 that the member can choose instead of the pension that vests in one year.

Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited school of medicine with the degree of Doctor of Medicine; License to practice medicine in the State of Florida; successful completion of residency in anatomic and forensic pathology; board certification in anatomic and forensic pathology by the American Board of Pathology; and a minimum of ten years of experience in the practice of forensic pathology. Knowledge of state and federal laws regarding death investigation.  Knowledge of postmortem examinations and identification procedures.  Comprehensive knowledge of trauma, natural diseases, and toxicology.  Knowledge of budget preparation and administration, and the ability to supervise medical examiner personnel.  Able to perform postmortem examinations and provide sworn testimony in deposition and court.  Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, county employees, department heads/elected officials, the news media and the general public. 

The position is available August 1, 2019. Closing Date is April 5, 2019.

The starting annual salary is $260,000, 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.

Autopsy Technician, District 20 Medical Examiner

The District Twenty Medical Examiner is accepting applications for autopsy technician level 1 or 2.

Please note that employees of the District Twenty Medical Examiner are not county or state employees and do not qualify to receive Florida retirement benefits, but full-time staff receive benefits, which includes health insurance paid by the employer at 80 %, retirement, paid time off and paid holidays.

Applicant must reside in Collier County or up to South Fort Myers in Lee County.

Salary

The salary range for Technician 1 is $15.00 to 17.00 an hour, depending on experience.

Overtime pay provided for time worked over 40 hours within the same workweek in accordance with state and federal laws.

Must be able to work on-call rotating weekends.

Education and Experience

Preferred experience in the following areas: assisting autopsies at a medical examiner's office or pathology laboratory, forensic photography, medical examiner investigations or in forensic anthropology.

Job Description

Once trained, the employee will be expected to:

  • Assist with autopsies during weekday business hours and rotating on-call weekends and rotating holidays.
  • Prepare the autopsy suite and the body for autopsy, take forensic photographs before and during autopsies,
    take x-rays, as needed, and post-autopsy cleaning of the autopsy area.
  • Is responsible for record keeping, labeling, storing and maintaining chain of evidence of all specimens.
  • Carry out other morgue duties, as necessary.
  • Must be able to move a deceased person unassisted that weighs up to 200 pounds.
  • Must be intelligent, able to properly communicate verbally and in writing. Excellent organization skills required for success.
  • Able to work under pressure without losing composure.
  • Must be honest, trustworthy, reliable and punctual.
  • Must have respect for the deceased at all times.
  • Must be hard-working and polite.
  • Must be flexible and willing to assist co-workers, whenever needed.
  • Read and write English proficiently.
  • Must be computer literate.

Please send your resume and references with addresses and phone numbers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Resume must include your present and last 3 employers. There is no application form.

Associate Medical Examiner, Districts 5 & 24

The Districts 5 & 24 Medical Examiner’s Office is delighted to announce an opportunity to join four 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, Hernando, and Seminole 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 2018 the office performed just over 1000 autopsies. Our population is growing, influenced both by expanding developments and by fluctuations in seasonal/non-permanent residents.

Duties include:

  • 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.

Compensation and benefits include:

  • Salary is $195,000 for those board-eligible in forensic pathology, with an increase upon obtaining forensic pathology boards, and is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  • Benefits include health and dental insurance, 401k with employer and employee contributions, an annual conference, annual dues to relevant organizations, licensure fees, and ample vacation
  • Outside private consultation work is allowed.

Minimum qualifications include:

  • Applicants are required to be board certified by the American Board of Pathology in Forensic Pathology or become so within 2 years of hire.
  • A Florida license to practice medicine
  • A valid Florida driver’s license
  • Pass a background check and pre-employment drug screen.

The position is available to start in June 2019.

Contact:

Wendy A. Lavezzi, MD
District 5 Medical Examiner’s Office
Leesburg, FL 34748
ph: 352-326-5961
fax: 352-365-6438
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www.medicusforensics.com

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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