FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST (PHYSICIAN SPECIALIST)

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 29, 2023
Full Time Criminology and Forensics Public Health

Job Description

Position/Program Information

FILING START DATE:

3/8/2021 at 8:00 AM (PT)

This examination will remain open until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.

EXAM NUMBER:

P5476A-R

TYPE OF RECRUITMENT:

Open Competitive Job Opportunity

SPECIAL SALARY INFORMATION

$18,318.00 - $23,206.00 monthly

Due to manpower shortage, appointees in the Pathology-Forensic specialty shall be compensated at Step 12, $18,318.00. Candidates who are board certified in Forensic Pathology will receive an additional bonus equivalent to 5.5% of base monthly salary.

Full time, permanent, physician employees are allowed ten (10) days or eighty (80) hours per calendar year for approved continuing education purposes.

BENEFIT INFORMATION

Los Angeles County offers one of the strongest public-sector benefits packages in the nation which includes a Defined Benefit Retirement Plan, Deferred Compensation Plan, and a Cafeteria Benefit Plan where employees may elect medical coverage, dental coverage, group life insurance, AD&D insurance, health and dependent care spending accounts, and long-term disability health insurance.

DEFINITION

Incumbents in these positions are physicians licensed to render specialized professional medical services in Forensic Pathology.

CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS
Positions allocable to this class report to a Chief Physician and provide specialized medical services which requires completion of an approved residency in Forensic Pathology. The Physician Specialist, M.D. performs the full range of professional level work including autopsy procedures, determining cause of death, assessing signs of illness or injury, reviewing laboratory and radiological data, and directing forensic technicians in autopsy procedures. The position is responsible for training and/or assisting in the training of physicians assigned to residency or fellowship programs. Incumbents are required to exercise knowledge of departmental policies and procedures and to actively demonstrate skills typically associated with Forensic Pathology.

Essential Job Functions

  • Performs medical work in a specialized medical field, including specialized autopsy procedures within Forensic Pathology specialty.
  • Conducts training or assists in the training of resident or fellow physicians.
  • Consults with staff physicians regarding medical and diagnostic work performed.
  • Provides consultation to other medical services, including specialists in other fields.
  • Conducts the more difficult post mortem examinations and may provide training of other physicians engaged in these activities.
  • Confers with medical and professional personnel in such related fields as toxicology in order to discover the main and contributing causes of death.
  • Certifies as to the cause of death and testifies in court as an expert witness.
  • Develops new techniques within the medical specialty, as needed.
  • Conducts specialized research, special studies, and services, including preventive and educational strategies, as needed.


Requirements

SELECTION REQUIREMENTS

Completion of a residency in Anatomic Pathology or Anatomic and Clinical Pathology AND a fellowship* in Forensic Pathology or equivalent training** approved by the American Board of Pathology.

LICENSE
California State Physician and Surgeon's Certificate authorized by the Board of Medical Examiners of the State of California.***


Certification by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology or Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.***

A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

PHYSICAL CLASS
3 - Moderate. Includes standing or walking most of the time, with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching; includes working on irregular surfaces, occasionally lifting objects weighting over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION

INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THE COMPLETION OF FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

*Applicants who will successfully complete their fellowship program approved by an American Specialty Board within six (6) months of filing may compete in this examination. However, their names will be placed on a withhold status on the eligible register. Applicants MUST submit a copy of their recommendation letter from the Residency Program Director confirming good standing and anticipated successful completion date, at the time of filing or email it to csears@hr.lacounty.gov within seven (7) calendar days of filing online . The recommendation letter must be on a legible letterhead from the accredited institution which shows the area of specialization. In the event candidates do not successfully complete their fellowship program, their names will be removed from the eligible register. A copy of the completion of fellowship program certificate must be submitted before appointment.

Applicants who do not possess a California State Physician and Surgeon's Certificate at the time of filing may compete in this examination. However, their names will be withheld from the certification list pending receipt of the required California State Physician and Surgeon's Certificate authorized by the Board of Medical Examiners of the State of California.

Applicants who have completed a residency and/or fellowship program approved by the American Specialty Board MUST attach a legible copy of their certificate of completion to the application at the time of filing or email it to klent@hr.lacounty.gov within seven (7) calendar days of filing online .

**Equivalent training is defined as training which the appropriate American Specialty Board formally recognizes in writing as being equivalent.

***Applicants who possess the required California State Physician and Surgeon's Certificate authorized by the Board of Medical Examiners of the State of California and Certification by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology or Anatomic and Clinical Pathology , must attach a legible copy of their certificate to the application at the time of filing or within seven (7) calendar days from application submission. If you are unable to attach the required documents, you must email it to klent@hr.lacounty.gov within seven (7) calendar days of filing online . Please include exam number and exam title.

The required license/certificate MUST be current and unrestricted; conditional, provisional, probationary or restricted license/certificate will NOT be accepted.

Additional Information

EXAMINATION CONTENT
This examination will consist of a review and appraisal of qualifications based upon information from Curriculum Vitae*, weighted 100%. This examination will assess procedural; cognitive and diagnostic; administrative; and dispositional competencies.

*IMPORTANT INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THE CURRICULUM VITAE
As part of the application, all applicants must submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) summarizing their education, experience, and training as it relates to FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST (PHYSICIAN SPECIALIST) (NON-MEGAFLEX). Each CV must cover the following areas:
  • educational degrees obtained
  • teaching experience
  • research completed (e.g., studies, articles, publications)
  • awards received
  • academic and professional presentations given
All applicants shall attach their CV to their application at time of filing or email to csears@hr.lacounty.gov within 7 days of submitting their application. Applications that are missing the CV will be deemed incomplete.

Applicants must meet the Selection Requirements and achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the appraisal of qualifications in order to be placed on the eligible register.

Final results will be sent by E-mail. Scores cannot be given over the phone.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
The names of candidates receiving a passing grade in the examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months from the date their name is added to the register.

Applications will be processed on an as-received basis and promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.

NO PERSON MAY COMPETE FOR THIS EXAMINATION MORE THAN ONCE EVERY 12 MONTHS.

FAIR CHANCE INITIATIVE

The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.

SPECIAL INFORMATION
Candidates selected for appointment will be extended an offer of employment that is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation which includes a medical screening and a psychological evaluation.

VACANCY INFORMATION
The resulting eligible register will be used to fill vacancies in the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner located at 1104 North Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90033.

AVAILABLE SHIFT

Any

HOW TO APPLY
Applications must be submitted online only. All applications must be received before 5:00 p.m. on the last day of filing. Applications submitted by U.S. Mail, Fax, or in person will not be accepted.

Plan to submit your online application well in advance of the deadline as you may be required to verify your email address. This only needs to be done once per email address, and if you already have a job seeker account on governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty, you can verify at any time by logging in and following the prompts. This is to enhance the security of your online application and to ensure you do not enter an incorrect email address.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Career Goals
  • Legible copy of certificate of completion of residency training program approved by the American Specialty Board.
  • Legible copy of California State Physician and Surgeon's Certificate authorized by the Board of Medical Examiners of the State of California.


SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal Law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES

For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, laptop computers and portable WIFI are available for loan from various public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.

NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD

All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member's or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (ARDI)
The County of Los Angeles recognizes and affirms that all people are created equal and are entitled to all rights afforded by the Constitution of the United States. The Department of Human Resources is committed to promoting Anti-racism, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts to address the inequalities and disparities amongst race. We support the ARDI Strategic Plan and its goals by improving equality, diversity, and inclusion in recruitment, selection, and employment practices.

California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922
Testing Accommodations Coordinator Email: TestingAccommodations@hr.lacounty.gov
Teletype Phone: (800) 899-4099
Alternate Teletype Phone: (800) 897-0077
Department Contact Name: Channon Sears

Department Contact Phone: (213) 351-2912

Department Contact Email: csears@hr.lacounty.gov

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