Forensic Pathologist

Recruitment #170328-UNCG-11


Application Instructions

Amy Elliott, CAO
901 N. Stonewall Ave
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73117
Telephone:  (405) 239-7141

Forensic Pathologist
Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) seeks an additional forensic pathologist to join our team of 12 board certified forensic pathologists as we align ourselves with National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) accreditation standards. We have in-house toxicology (ABFT-accredited), forensic anthropology and histology. We also have an ACGME- accredited forensic pathology fellowship with the 2017 and 2018 slots already filled. The pathology technician to physician ratio is 1:1; we have two family assistance coordinators, 28 ABMDI-certified investigators, a consultant forensic odontologist, and a full administrative staff. We have funding for a total of 14 FTE forensic pathologists and 2 concurrent fellows, and we anticipate having those positions filled by 2018.

The OCME in Oklahoma is an independent, pure statewide ME system with two practice locations (Tulsa and OKC) serving a population of approximately 3.8 million people and is charged by state statute with directing death investigations involving cases affecting the criminal justice and public health systems.   Last year we completed over 6,000 postmortem examinations and issued over 15,000 cremation and out-of-state transport permits. We have invested heavily in IT to facilitate efficient workflow, evidence and records management. We are a national frontrunner in the efficient utilization of Lodox full body forensic radiography and look forward to developing our new postmortem CT program.

Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma. The live music scene is flourishing and is home of the BOK Center which hosts many top named entertainers. Tulsa hosts a lot of farmers markets to choose from, and the Cherry Street market is one of the best. There are also lots of biking, skiing and hiking trails in the city. Foodies will find a wide variety of choices, from the upscale to smoky BBQ shacks, sommelier-managed wine merchants to local craft brews. We have a zoo that is ranked as one of the top in the country.  The Philbrook Museum of Art is nationally ranked and sits on 23 acres and serves over 160,000 visitors annually.  The cost of living in Tulsa is significantly lower than the nation average. Of course, Oklahoma City is an easy drive down the turnpike from Tulsa and is the home to a renowned NBA basketball time as well as the bustling Bricktown entertainment area.

• Licensed to practice medicine in the State of Oklahoma at time of employment.

• Board certification by the Anatomic Board of Pathology (ABP) in AP or AP/CP at the time of employment.

• Board certification by the ABP in Forensic Pathology within two years of hire.

• Pass a rigorous background check.

Primary Performance Expectations:

• Approximately 250-300 autopsy equivalents per year.

• Case completion according to NAME standards.

• Participation in the QA process.

• Our physicians are expected to direct medicolegal death investigations, perform postmortem examinations and document findings in concise and accurate reports, take overnight and weekend call, and offer professional consultation to outside agencies, including organ procurement organizations, criminal court officials and law enforcement, and provide judicial testimony.  They also review requests for cremation and out-of-state body transport and issue permits using a web-based system.

• Teaching fellows, medical students, residents, and students from our local forensic science programs.

• Team work, mutual respect, professionalism, affability, and equanimity are critically important values for us.  We have an efficient, team-oriented approach to case management. It is essential to have good skills in working effectively with other people, have a professional demeanor and carry the utmost respect for our decedents.  MDeity syndrome is frowned upon.



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Veteran's Preference Points apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.