Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is recruiting a Night Morgue Attendant. Responsible for intake and release of decedents; answering phones; scheduling of organ/tissue procurement; preparation of tools and paperwork; performing diagnostic imaging activities using CT scanner and Lodox; requesting records, distributing slides for histology; completing inventory, stocking, and laundry for the Department of Pathology.
- Performs intake and release of decedents, facilitating this process with funeral homes/transport companies, and completion of necessary documentation, maintaining a legal chain of custody of each decedent.
- Performs diagnostic imaging activities (LODOX, CT scanner, etc.) on each decedent and body donor transported to WMed.
- Prepares for autopsies each morning by preparing bodies, setting up stations, creating histological cassettes and rulers using cassette printer, as well as folders and paperwork for each decedent requiring a postmortem examination.
- Answers and coordinates all internal and external phone calls regarding intake and release of decedents, WMed North cases, consultant examinations, private examinations, WMed body donations, etc.
- Assists in the Anatomy Laboratory to include: support with transfer of cadavers to anatomy laboratory and into storage, maintenance of cadavers and cleanliness of the anatomy lab.
- Assists with embalming process of all WMed body donors, including post-embalming clean-up.
- Assists in the Research Histology Laboratory to include: maintaining organization of all glass slides and paraffin blocks; ensuring proper accessioning and labeling of all tissue samples, including operation of slide and cassette printing equipment, prepares samples for shipment, including inventory procedures and generating shipping documentation; performs routine and non-routine activities involved in the preparation of slides for microscopic evaluation, as directed by Lead Histotechnologist.
- Assists investigations by obtaining medical records, checking content and accuracy of Medical Certificates of Death, reviewing each investigated case for accuracy, and assisting in the preparation of cremation permits for review by a medical examiner or deputy medical examiner.
- Scheduling and coordination of all organ/tissue procurement via communication with organ procurement organizations.
- Acquires knowledge for new technology and policy/procedure revisions.
- Performs all procedures and documentation related to decedents sent to WMed for storage.
- Maintains inventory and stocking of supplies.
- Maintains cleanliness of walk-in coolers (forensic and anatomy), as well as inventory of all decedents located therein.
- Responsible for all laundry operations, including scrubs and the cleaning and preparation of all recycled rags/mops.
- Organizes workload to complete assignments within the requested period.
- Attends and actively participates in departmental meetings.
- Availability to work occasional overtime on weekends or evenings to complete time sensitive projects.
- Occasionally responsible for cleaning up bodily fluids from cadavers outside of department.
- All other duties as assigned.
- High School Diploma/GED required; Associates or Bachelor’s degree preferred
- Exceptional time management skills required
- Experience in customer service or medical specialty preferred
- Radiology experience (LODOX/CT) preferred
- Experience organizing and shipping samples preferred
- Experience operating cassette and slide printing equipment a strong plus
- Ability to work independently without direct supervision and make correct decisions based on training and experience
- Demonstrate care and understanding in communicating with grieving individuals
- Knowledge and proficiency with web-based applications and other software as required by the department
- Ability to interpret, comprehend, and transmit complicated and detailed instructions accurately and efficiently
- Ability to communicate effectively with others verbally and in writing
- Knowledge and proficiency in grammar and spelling skills
- Ability to understand and interpret written material, including technical material and instructions
- Demonstrates strong organizational and time-management skills
- Discretion, compassion, and exemplary attention to detail
- Ability to operate automated standard office equipment such as multi-line phone system, copier, photography equipment and more
- Demonstrates the ability to recognize priorities in organization of work flow
- Able to perform duties independently, with a minimal need for direct supervision
About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed)
We are committed to excellence and health equity through transformative medical education, high-quality, patient- and family-entered care, innovative research, and community partnerships within a just culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our vision is health equity for all in Southwest Michigan through innovation in the practice and study of medicine.
The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching health systems, Ascension Borgess and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. Building upon a $100 million foundational gift in 2011, WMed is a recipient of the Empowering Futures Gift, a philanthropic commitment of $300 million to support the mission of the medical school. WMed contributes to the economic vitality of Southwest Michigan through the services we provide as well as the creation of 1,600 new jobs and an annual estimated economic impact of $353 million in Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties.
WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the Higher Learning Commission. The medical school offers a comprehensive, innovative four-year Doctor of Medicine degree program and two Master of Science degree programs in Biomedical Sciences and Medical Engineering. We train physicians in 10 residencies and five fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. To support our educational mission, we have Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.
WMed Health is the clinical practice of the medical school with more than 300 providers offering comprehensive primary care and specialty services in several locations throughout Kalamazoo, Portage, and Battle Creek. The Department of Pathology faculty serve as the Office of the Medical Examiner for counties throughout Michigan and northern Indiana.
The W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo serves as the primary educational facility with faculty and administrative offices, student study and social spaces, team-based learning halls, a state-of-the-art Simulation Center accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, basic science research labs, as well as toxicology and forensic pathology labs.
WMed is building upon Kalamazoo’s century-long foundation of drug discovery and medical device development with a strategic investment in clinical, laboratory, community, and educational research. The Center for Immunobiology, Center for Clinical Research, Research Histology Lab, Innovation Center, and Human Research Protection Program contribute to the medical school’s advancement of knowledge through innovation and discovery.
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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