WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Medical Examiner Investigator

2 years ago(4/1/2016 7:58 AM)
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Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is seeking qualified Medical Examiner Investigators for the Medical Examiner's Office.  These individuals will investigate the medically relevant circumstances surrounding deaths reported to the Office of the Medical Examiner and prepare written reports documenting the investigative findings. We have position openings in the counties of St. Joseph, Muskegon, Allegan, Calhoun, Mason, Van Buren and Kalamazoo.


  • Respond to scenes of reported deaths and perform a skilled investigation
  • Determine whether a death is within the Medical Examiner’s jurisdiction and requires an investigation, based on Michigan Law and Western Michigan University School of Medicine Forensic Pathology policies and procedures 
  • Maintain availability by pager or telephone during on-call hours
  • Prepare human remains for transport
  • Communicate effectively with emergency personnel and law enforcement investigators in order to obtain accurate and comprehensive information regarding the circumstances surrounding a death 
  • Communicate effectively and compassionately with the decedent’s loved ones and other witnesses 
  • Obtain medical history from physicians, medical records, emergency personnel, relatives, witnesses, police and other involved persons 
  • Communicate effectively with Funeral Directors and funeral home personnel
  • Speak and write in a professional manner; maintain a professional appearance
  • Submit clear, accurate and objective reports, in a computerized web-based records management system, in a prescribed format in a timely manner for all death investigations 
  • Insure that the next-of-kin is notified of the death
  • Maintain and upgrade professional knowledge and skills by attending continuing education seminars, training programs and appropriate courses 
  • Obtain ABMDI certification within three to five years of service, if applicant does not already meet ABMDI application requirements at time of hire
  • Comply with policies and procedures established by the Medical Examiner
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Medical Examiner and/or Chief Medical Examiner Investigator


  • Education:
    • An associate degree or equivalent from a two-year college, university or accredited technical school
    • An equivalent combination of education and experience
    • Achieve ABMDI Registry Certification (basic) within one year of hire, if applicant has previous experience as an investigator and meets minimum requirements to apply for ABMDI Registry Certification (basic), at the time of hire
  • Experience:
    • Law enforcement experience of at least three years, or
    • Medical background, or
    • Experience as a first-responder (e.g. Firefighter, EMT)
  • Special Requirements:
    • Preferably at least 24 years of age
    • Must possess and maintain a valid State of Michigan Operator's License
    • No prior felony convictions
    • Ability to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of modern medical examiner principles, procedures, techniques and equipment
    • Ability to maintain good physical condition in order to safely perform job duties
    • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
    • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with peers and supervisors
    • Ability to exercise sound judgement in evaluating situations and making decisions
    • Ability to follow and give verbal and written instructions
    • Must be able to respond to a scene within the assigned county within 60 minutes of report
    • Internet access

As one of the newer US medical schools, WMed is an exciting environment to pursue an academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University, which ranks among the 50 largest colleges and universities and among the top 100 national public doctoral universities in the US, and Kalamazoo's two teaching hospitals, Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. WMed was granted preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in 2012, and welcomed its inaugural class in August 2014. The School of Medicine Clinics are housed in a modern 60,000 square foot clinical building on the Oakland Drive Campus and are accredited by The Joint Commission with recognition by National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. The 350,000 square foot educational building on the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo underwent a $68 million renovation and expansion project including a state-of-the-art Simulation Center. In 2016, an additional $10 million expansion created two floors supporting clinical and laboratory research, and the Innovation Center on the Parkview Campus became part of the medical school. There are more than 200 residents and fellows in eight residencies and two fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). WMed is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) for continuing medical education. The medical examiner’s office, staffed by medical school faculty from the department of Pathology, is accredited by the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME).


Kalamazoo is a wonderful and vibrant city, located midway between Chicago and Detroit. It is a short distance from Lake Michigan, and home to two nationally ranked institutions of higher learning, Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. Kalamazoo is known for its community focus and emphasis on access to quality education at all levels. The Kalamazoo Promise is a nationally renowned program in which graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools receive free tuition to attend public and private colleges in Michigan. At the other end of the educational continuum, the Kalamazoo Ready 4s program ensures that every 4-year-old in Kalamazoo County has the opportunity to attend a high-quality pre-kindergarten program, regardless of ability to pay. Kalamazoo and Michigan provide extensive entertainment and recreational activities, including opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, unique restaurants and shops, and a strong culture supporting the arts.


Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug-and tobacco-free workplace.


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