Medical Examiner

Job Description

Nature of the job

Who is a medical examiner and what do they do?

A medical examiner is a person who performs the postmortem examination to know the cause of the death of the person. The medical examiner is of two types one is the anatomical and second is the forensics pathology.

An anatomical medical examiner investigates the internal organs of the dead body to know the cause of the death related to the illness. While as the forensic medical examiners help the criminal department to investigate the crime fatality. When the investigation is completed i.e. like the cause of the death is determined, the medical examiner prepares the reports on that.

The medical examiner also testifies the lawful proceedings so as to find out the solution. The primary responsibility of the medical examiner is to assess the data and then convey to the laboratory employees when demanded.

The medical examiner set up, assesses as well as examines the policies and also the operational practices. The medical examiner deals with the dead bodies whose death is caused by various causes like accident, suicide, murder, diseases etc. The lawful motive of the medical examiner is to preserve the general people health as well as the legal necessities of the state. Medical Examiner job description will further explain about the required skills and career growth.

Skills and expertise required

What is the essential requirement for a medical examiner?

Qualification: The medical examiner should have a bachelor’s medical degree. Having master’s degree in this profession is given more importance. One needs to have at least 4 years of experience in this field. The medical examiner should have the 4 years training diploma certificate and also residency of one year in the forensic pathology.

Licensure: The candidate should have license for practicing in this profession. He has to pass the examination conducted by the USMLE (United State medical license examination board)

Skills required by the medical examiner:

A medical examiner should possess some skills related to his profession such as:

  • Good communicational skills
  • Proactive in nature
  • Ability to think practically
  • Expert in the pathology
  • Computer knowledge
  • Alert mind
  • Needs to be brave as he has to examine the dead body
  • Sense of responsibility
  • Able to perform individually
  • Ability to work under stress
  • Aware about the latest technologies that are used for the investigation purpose

Career growth

What are the job prospects for the medical examiner?

Medical examiner job is very profitable and respectful. Also having a good experience in this field is like getting a more monetary benefit. As the crime is rising day by day due to the huge growth of population, there is a huge demand for medical examiners. The salary of the medical examiner may vary on the basis of different factors like qualification, experience, location as well as the image of the organization. The average salary of the medical examiner is near about $25,000 to $56,000 per year. On the hourly pattern, the medical examiner makes money near about $11 to $20 per hour. The medical examiner having more than 10 years of experience in this field can earn about $28,000 to $77,000 per year.

Besides this the medical examiner also enjoy the various additional benefits like insurance claims, retirement plans etc.

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