Forensic Autopsy Tech – per diem

Albany Med Health System

Department/Unit:

Pathology Hospital

Work Shift:

Day (United States of America)

Salary Range: Min. $21.78/hr – Max $34.85/hr

The Forensic Autopsy Technician maintains related records and certificates, prepares equipment, supplies and bodies for autopsy, assists with the performance of autopsies, stores tissues and specimens, and maintains the area and all equipment and supplies in a clean and organized fashion. Also is responsible for maintaining appropriate professional communications and client relations with all external and internal contacts required in the performance of this position. This position requires the exercise of sound judgement and responsibility and works under the direct supervision of the pathologist assistant and the pathologist/resident during autopsy procedures.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist Pathologist Assistant with input into the writing of departmental Policies and Procedures as well as assisting with the creation of competency evaluations of the morgue positions.
  • Assist the pathologist during the autopsy, assist and support Medical Examiner / Coroners’ Pathologist with the collection of trace evidence, and Assist coroner / coroner’s physician in medical legal autopsies.
  • Maintains departmental inventory and submits supply requisitions to supervisor as required.
  • Work cooperatively with others (employees, patients’ families, funeral directors, etc.) to accomplish tasks and goals.
  • Demonstrate basic keyboarding skills and knowledge of the laboratory computer system (LIS) to perform inquiries and autopsy accessioning.
  • Ensure tissues and specimens are stored and labeled appropriately, as well as complete requisitions for tests requested by pathologist and ensure delivery of specimens to appropriate laboratory for analysis.
  • Photograph, weigh organs, and maintain autopsy-related records.
  • Train new staff as directed.
  • Maintain workflow of morgue and report issues to appropriate Pathologist Assistant.
  • Practice safety and infection control according to established standard operation procedures (SOPs).
  • Ensure security and confidentiality are maintained at all times.
  • Obtain the patient medical record and prepare the body for autopsy by a pathologist.
  • Prepare and set up equipment, tools and supplies needed for the autopsy.
  • Clean all areas and equipment regularly as well as dispose of specimens properly according to SOPs.
  • Prepare specimens for and arrange transportation to the State Lab and/or Police Lab.
  • Assist the pathologist in preparation of tissue(s) needed for educational pathology conferences and to clean the area afterwards.
  • Participate in the monitoring, evaluation and continuous improvement of quality within Autopsy / Morgue Areas.
  • Report work related issues to the Pathologist Assistant for guidance/resolution.
  • Initiate monthly on call schedule

Qualifications

  • Associate’s Degree in Biology, Mortuary Science or Forensic – required
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic – preferred
  • 1-3 years of specifically related experience in college, with autopsies or with relevant laboratory experience – required

Thank you for your interest in Albany Medical Center!

Albany Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer.

This role may require access to information considered sensitive to Albany Medical Center, its patients, affiliates, and partners, including but not limited to HIPAA Protected Health Information and other information regulated by Federal and New York State statutes. Workforce members are expected to ensure that:
Access to information is based on a “need to know” and is the minimum necessary to properly perform assigned duties. Use or disclosure shall not exceed the minimum amount of information needed to accomplish an intended purpose. Reasonable efforts, consistent with Albany Medical Center policies and standards, shall be made to ensure that information is adequately protected from unauthorized access and modification.

Thank you for your interest in Albany Medical Center!​

Albany Medical is an equal opportunity employer.

This role may require access to information considered sensitive to Albany Medical Center, its patients, affiliates, and partners, including but not limited to HIPAA Protected Health Information and other information regulated by Federal and New York State statutes. Workforce members are expected to ensure that:

Access to information is based on a “need to know” and is the minimum necessary to properly perform assigned duties. Use or disclosure shall not exceed the minimum amount of information needed to accomplish an intended purpose. Reasonable efforts, consistent with Albany Med Center policies and standards, shall be made to ensure that information is adequately protected from unauthorized access and modification.

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