Medical Investigator

Under supervision of the Office of the Medical Examiner, Medical Investigators conduct investigations on homicides, suicides, sudden, unexpected natural or accidental deaths. They may also conduct investigations into alleged misconduct by physicians and physician's assistants. Their duties include developing investigative plans; conducting interviews of investigative targets, complainants and witnesses; obtaining medical records and other documents pertinent to investigations; arranging for medical and/or legal review of documentation; conducting background checks; and preparing summary reports and oral presentations useful to the Office of the Medical Examiner. Medical Investigators also photograph appropriate content of the scenes, take fingerprints of deceased persons, examines the body, gather samples of relevant materials at the scene of death to be used for toxicological examination, and testifies in court and administrative proceedings.

Education required:

Medical Investigators can have a bachelor's degree in police forensics, mortuary science, criminal justice or a health related field and two years of experience in investigative work in such areas as criminal, medical, clinical laboratory, or insurance investigation in death cases including evidence gathering and/or analysis; or have a bachelor's degree and possession of a Registered Physician's Assistant certificate issued by the State of New York and two years of experience as a Physician's Assistant; or have an associate's degree in police forensics, mortuary science, criminal justice or a health related field and four years of experience in investigative work in such areas as criminal, medical, clinical laboratory, or insurance investigation in death cases including evidence gathering and/or analysis.

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