Assistant Professor Forensic Pathology

East Tennessee State University

Johnson, TN

ID: 7066394
Posted: May 22, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Summary
The Department of Pathology, East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen College of Medicine is looking for 1-2 forensic pathologists at the William L. Jenkins Forensic Center. Rank will be at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, depending on the successful applicant’s credentials.

The William L. Jenkins Forensic Center (WUFC) is a state-of-the-art, N.A.M.E.-accredited facility sited on the beautiful James H. Quillen College of Medicine Campus. An excellent benefits package is provided and there is no state income tax. The Center is responsible for performing 600-650 forensic autopsies a year for the eight counties in upper Northeast Tennessee. The position is contingent upon outside funding from the eight counties, provided since the division startup in 1983.

The position will function as forensic pathologist and will report to the Chair of the Department of Pathology.

Forensic Pathologist/County Medical Examiner duties:

Perform autopsies for an eight county population of 508,000, with approximately 25 homicide cases per year (currently shared between 2.5 FTE forensic pathologists); working with 3 full time autopsy technicians on staff.
Complete reports within guidelines established by N.A.M.E. The Forensic Center adheres to a maximum 60-day time-frame for completing cases through N.A.M.E. accreditation.
As part of regular duties, the successful candidate is expected to:

Educate residents and medical students.
The residents of the ETSU Pathology Residency Program rotate through the department and perform autopsies at the Forensic Center.
Additionally, the successful candidate is expected to spend 20% effort on scholarly activities and didactic teaching in support of the educational mission of the department of pathology.
Perform County Medical Examiner duties currently for four of the eight counties served.
County Medical Examiner is required by law to investigate all deaths involving a homicide, suspected homicide, a suicide, a violent, unnatural or suspicious death, an unexpected apparent natural death in an adult, sudden unexpected infant and child deaths, deaths believed to represent a threat to public health or safety, and executed prisoners. (Tenn. Code Ann.§ 38-7-106) Deaths resulting from injuries or complications from injuries no matter how long after the injury occurred are medical examiner cases and fall under the jurisdiction of the medical examiner. Four ABMDI Certified Medicolegal Death Investigators are on staff.
Promote process/quality improvement initiatives within the center.
Support medical student/resident education and research within the center.
ETSU is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all of our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. Successful candidates should have a demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Position is contingent upon sufficient funding.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.
Ability to lift, move, push, pull 50 lbs. or more required to perform the forensic duties.
Ability to work Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm when needed with occasional on call coverage status for Forensic Center/County Medical Examiner with limited scene response.
Required Qualifications
The applicant must be board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology (or anatomic pathology).
The applicant must also be eligible for a Tennessee medical license at the time of hire and must have license by start date.
Preferred Qualifications
It is preferred that the applicant have special qualification certification in forensic pathology at the time of hire but they may be board eligible.

Salary $210,000, if board certified in forensic pathology


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