WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Neuropathology Research Assistant

US-MI-Kalamazoo
4 weeks ago
Job ID
2017-1272
# of Openings
1
Category
Research
Target Salary
15.98

Overview

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is seeking a Neuropathology Research Assistant.  Responsible for providing support to the research project of the Lieber Institute for Brain Development (LIBD) by obtaining, preparing and preserving human brain tissue, collaborating with the Office of the Medical Examiner, recovering and shipping human tissue to the LIBD. Travel to funeral homes and other locations may be required to recover tissue from a decedent. A portion of the time may be providing administrative assistant, investigative assistant, and autopsy assistant services to the Office of the Medical Examiner. The hours for this position may be somewhat irregular. Working some weekends and some holidays is required.

Responsibilities

  • Based upon pre-established criteria, promptly identifies deaths meeting criteria for donation of the brain to research
  • Facilitates brain donations; this may involve contacting the family and obtaining consent with a voice recording
  • Sections, photographs, and prepares the brain for shipment to the LIBD following research protocols
  • Participates in the weekend rotation of autopsy assistants
  • Participates in the rotation of in house investigators
  • Monitors the MDILog database for accuracy and thoroughness
  • Availability to work on weekends or evenings to complete time sensitive projects.
  • Acquires knowledge for new technology and policy/procedure revisions.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Associate degree or two years of college, at a minimum
  • Experience in research laboratory or autopsy facility
  • Experience with autopsy procedures and working with human tissues
  • Death investigation experience, highly desirable

 About Western Michigan University School of Medicine

 

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. The program leading to the MD degree was accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in 2012, and the inaugural class began in 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.

 

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.

EEO Minorities/Women/Disabled/Protected Veterans

 

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