WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

  • Part-Time Autopsy Assistant (weekends)

    Job Locations US-MI-Kalamazoo
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(5/3/2018 2:56 PM)
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    Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is recruiting for a Part-Time Autopsy Assistant (weekends).  The ideal candidate prepares bodies for postmortem examinations, assists pathologist during the examination, and prepares body for release to funeral home; provide medical photography services. Provides support with transfer of cadavers to anatomy laboratory and into storage.




    • Performs external examination, photographs, and collects specimens for laboratory analysis on post-mortem subjects.
    • Performs autopsy dissection, documents data, observations, weights and measurements following established procedures, stores autopsy specimens, and disposes of them according to established procedures.
    • Prepares body for funeral home, notifies designated office, and completes all records.
    • Photographs surgical, autopsy and graphic materials, upload digital photographs and creates permanent record of photographs with accurate labeling.
    • Assists with prosection of cadavers for anatomy.
    • Organizes workload to complete assignments within requested time frame.
    • Documents and maintains evidence in accordance with chain of custody protocols.
    • Reviews, investigates, and authorizes cremation permit requests.
    • Availability to work weekends.
    • Availability to work occasional overtime.
    • Acquires knowledge for new technology and policy/procedure revisions.
    • All other duties as assigned.



    • Associate degree or two years of college preferred.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of anatomy and medical terminology preferred.
    • Achieve ABMDI Registry Certification (basic) as soon as possible, based upon time and experience requirements established by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.

    About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine


    As a newer US medical school, WMed is an exciting environment to pursue an academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching hospitals, Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. Planning for the new medical school began in 2008 and achieved full accreditation of the MD program by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in 2018, and candidate status for institutional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission in 2016.  The school welcomed its inaugural class in August 2014, and is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenue, research activity, tuition, and endowment income. The home of the new medical school includes the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine Clinics, a modern 60,000-square foot clinical building on the Oakland Drive Campus, and a 350,000-square foot educational building in downtown Kalamazoo located on the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus. The building, donated by MPI Research, underwent a $68 million renovation and expansion project, including a 24,000 state-of-the-art Simulation Center. In 2016, an additional $10 million expansion created two floors supporting clinical and laboratory research, and the medical school acquired the Innovation Center, a 69,000-square foot, purpose-built incubator and co-working space, located on the Parkview Campus.


    There are more than 200 residents and fellows in nine residencies and three 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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