Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Principal Physician (Associate Medical Examiner)

Recruitment #210902-4661RW-001


The State of Connecticut, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, is seeking one (1) Principal Physician (Associate Medical Examiner) to work in our Statewide Death Investigation System.  The position is 40 hours per week, with rotating weekends, holidays and on-call.

PLEASE NOTE:  Physicians (M.D./D.O.) must have completed a pathology residency, be board certified in Anatomic Pathology or AP/CP AND be board certified or board eligible (minimum) in Forensic Pathology at the time of application.  CT Medical Licensure is NOT required at the time of application.  However, the selected candidate must possess and maintain a CT medical license by the time of matriculation.

Our free-standing, modern facility in located in Farmington, Connecticut on the campus of The University of Connecticut Health Center and Medical School.  The office is a state-wide medical examiner system performing about 3,000 autopsies per year, of which about 150 are homicides.  Full-time medicolegal death investigators work 24/7 to investigate reported deaths and attend scenes.  Additional support staff include excellent forensic technicians and photographers.  The CT OCME has a Forensic Pathology Training Program with 2 fellows each academic year.  Pathology residents from Yale, Hartford Hospital and Danbury Hospital rotate through the office in addition to Pathologists' Assistant students from Quinnipiac University.  Histology is done in house while toxicology is outsourced with an average turn-around-time of 12 days.  There is a board-certified forensic anthropologist on staff and the medical examiners have access to consultants in pediatric pathology, neuropathy, cardiac pathology, radiology and odontology.  Reports are dictated to an outsourced dictation company with <24 hour turnaround time.  An electronic case management system contains all case related information, including all images, radiology, and reports, and has search and management functions for a complete archive of cases.

Salary for this position is prescribed by State of CT schedule and scale.  Additional compensation of ~$60,000 annually is provided for weekend, holiday and on-call responsibilities.  Comprehensive health and retirement benefits are provided by the State of Connecticut.  Life and disability insurance, and other tax deferred programs are also available to State employees.  Additionally, CT OCME will cover the expense for each Associate Medical Examiner to attend one scientific meeting annually.  Medical licensure and board re-certification examinations are reimbursed.

Selection Plan

All applicants should upload their Curriculum Vitae within the "Resume Tab" of their application with their submission.  Applicants invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation, which supports their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  performance reviews, supervisory references, board certifications, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.

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NOTE:  All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders  13F (3a) and 13G (3a) .


In a state agency this class is accountable for providing clinical administrative and/or supervisory functions and/or direct care medical services as a board certified physician. 

In the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner this class is accountable for performing autopsies and conducting investigations of sudden and medically unattended deaths.


Performs autopsies at Office of the Medical Examiner for determination of cause of death, collection trace evidence, establishment of identification and estimation of time of death; makes inquiries into circumstances of death for purposes of establishing cause and manner of death; compares findings at scene of death with results of autopsies to establish cause and time of death; testifies about findings in courts of law; exchanges information and works with municipal and State Police, health departments and other agencies in resolving cases; participates in educational programs for medical and law enforcement students and officials; performs related duties as required. 


Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of anatomic pathology; knowledge of forensic pathology; knowledge of principles and practices of general medicine and surgery; considerable skill in pathological technique and determination of cause of death; considerable oral and written communications skills; interpersonal skills; ability to supervise and teach laboratory technicians anatomical pathology techniques; ability to prepare reports of medicolegal autopsies.


Incumbents in this class must be certified in anatomic pathology by the American Board of Pathology and board eligible in Forensic Pathology. 


Forensic pathologists with experience teaching forensic pathology fellows as part of a training program are strongly encouraged to apply.  


  1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license to practice medicine and surgery in Connecticut.  A temporary license may be granted for a period not to exceed one (1) year.

  2. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner:  incumbents must be certified in forensic pathology by the American Board of Pathology within two (2) years of employment. 

  3. Incumbents in this class (except for Office of the Chief Medical Examiner) must possess and maintain eligibility for participation in federal health care programs as defined in 42 U.S. 1320a-7b(f). 

  4. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner:  incumbents in this class will be required to work on call during evenings/nights on a rotating basis.  During an evening on-call the physician is available off-site, by telephone, to assist the telecommunications and investigative staff with case triage.  Rare scenes may require physician attendance when on-call.  The hours of off-site call are 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. the next day. 

  5. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner:  incumbents in this class will be required to work weekends on a rotating basis.  When working a weekend, the physician must be on-site at OCME and conduct whatever postmortem examinations are required. 

  6. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel. 



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.