Medical Records Specialist 1

Recruitment #240705-5620CL-001


The State of ConnecticutOffice of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) is a free-standing, modern facility located on the UCONN Health Center Campus in Farmington, CT.  The office is a state-wide medical examiner system charged with the investigation of sudden and unexpected deaths that, by statute, fall under our jurisdiction. 

We are seeking one (1) full-time Medical Records Specialist 1 to work in our facility located at 11 Shuttle Rd. Farmington, CT 06032 with the following schedule:

  • First Shift - Monday - Friday
  • 8:00am - 4:30pm

  • A chance to work for a Forbes top company: ‘Forbes’ State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule 
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service.  Click here for more information.
  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage
  • State Employee Retirment System (SERS) Tier IV (new hires after 7.17.23)
  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation 45 Plan through Empower (formerly Prudential)
  • Paid time off - including 13 holidays per calendar year
  • Dedicated employee parking

    The Medical Records Unit is involved with the creation, organization, quality assurance, maintenance and release of death certificates, autopsy reports and other documents that pertain to our death investigations. Duties for the incumbent in this role will include, but are not exclusive to:
    • Assist in creating death records for the deceased residents of Connecticut
    • Quality assurance that records are free of omissions and errors
    • Teaching new and continuing users in electronic medical records systems
    • May lead lower-level clerks as assigned

    The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner offers competitive benefits, which include health and dental insurance, a retirement plan, group life insurance and other supplemental benefits.  Paid time off is also offered, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year, in addition to vacation, sick and personal leave.

    Note:  In addition to the checking of references and facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation will be completed before the candidate is certified for appointment.

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    Selection Plan

    In order to be considered for this job opening you must be a current State of CT employee of the agency listed above for at least six (6) months of full-time service or full-time equivalent service, absent any applicable collective bargaining language, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application.

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    • In order to be considered for this job opening you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application.
    • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
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    In a state medical institution or facility medical records department this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks associated with maintaining medical records and medical records coding activities.


    • Assists in maintaining a file of medical records such as daily admissions and discharges, daily census, case histories, results of diagnostic tests, signed releases of information, medical summaries and abstracts; 
    • Inspects reports and records for omissions and errors; 
    • Codes and files a full range of diagnoses according to anatomical systems and in conformance with accepted international classification systems (i.e. ICD, WHO, DSM3, DRG, etc.); 
    • Prepares statistical reports on such matters as classification of disease, laboratory, dental, X-ray and physiotherapy activities; 
    • Prepares death certificates, burial permits and other related records; 
    • Prepares reports to state and federal agencies as required; 
    • May attend probate court hearings and give testimony; 
    • Performs related duties as required.


    • Knowledge of
      • basic medical terminology and human anatomy; 
      • medical coding principles and techniques with particular emphasis on International Classification of Disease Adopted procedures; 
      • principles of statistical data tabulation; 
      • office systems and procedures; 
    • Skills
      • interpersonal skills;
      • oral and written communication skills.


    Four (4) years of experience in the maintenance of medical records and preparation of statistical reports.


  • Knowledge of relevant state laws and regulations, excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to utilize computer software to compile data and run statistical reports; 
  • Working knowledge of medical terminology and reviewing medical records for accuracy;
  • Experience with both paper and electronic records;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite with emphasis on Excel, Word, Outlook, Access & Adobe Acrobat;
  • Experience processing subpoenas or court orders;
  • Experience working with microfilm and other archival storage systems.

    Persons having responsibility for supervising or observing the behavior of inmates or custodial clients will be required to possess a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certification by the time of permanent appointment.



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


    As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.

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