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  • Perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease
  • Perform postmortem procedure with organ block dissection and histology tissue preparation ensure integrity of toxicology samples, including packaging and preparation for shipment
  • Review pertinent information and data for presentation to attending pathologist
  • Provide training to rotating medical students and Pathologists' Assistant students
  • Provide training of new techniques to autopsy technicians
  • When needed, assist in evisceration, toxicology sample collection, photography, and radiography
  • May assist with sections/specimens utilizing cryostat, stains and coverslip slides; maintains frozen section equipment.
  • Assist in family-physician communications
  • Identify special techniques and procedures to be utilized in the completion of the examination (ex: bacterial and viral cultures)
  • Communicate ideas and suggestions for the improvement of autopsy protocols in accordance with Lean Principles
  • Evaluate and maintain autopsy room equipment and supply inventory
  • Assist in cataloging autopsy photographs
  • Conduct medical research under direction of microbiologist or biochemist.
  • Conduct medical research under direction under direction of forensic pathologist or anthropologist
  • Enter data from analysis of medical tests or clinical results into computer for storage. 
  • Establish or monitor quality assurance programs or activities to ensure the accuracy of laboratory results. 
  • Analyze or collect samples of biological material for chemical content or reaction. 
  • Set up, clean, and maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Provide technical information about test results to physicians, family members, or researchers.
  • Complete and ensure integrity of information entered into electronic database

any other special projects, as assigned

Professional Development:  Attend HRD courses, in-services, and/or meetings that contribute to professional growth. 

Required Qualifications*

Graduation from a Baccalaureate Pathology Assistant program or completion of post Bachelor program from an approved school or Pathology Assistant or Bachelor Degree in Sciences with background in physiology and anatomy with 3-to-5 years of experience in Pathology.

Certification by AAPA or ASCP as Pathology Assistant is desired.

Employees in this classification are required to have a minimum of a Bachelor degree in sciences.

Work Locations

Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office

1300 E. Warren

Detroit, MI 48207

Additional Information

Supervision and compensation is received from the Anatomic Pathology Operations Administrator, Division of Anatomic Pathology, the Chief Medical Examiner Michigan Medicine Pathologist and Faculty member or other designated official. 

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.