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Recruitment #21-009286-0001


Established in 1939 as the nation’s first statewide medical examiner system, the acclaimed OCME of Maryland is a supportive, drama-free agency with a strong institutional culture and a commitment to excellence. The OCME is NAME accredited and has been continuously striving to maintain that standard for 30 years. The OCME’s forensic pathology team includes the Chief Medical Examiner, two Deputy Chief Medical Examiners, and 16.5 Assistant Medical Examiners. The agency has four ACGME accredited fellowship positions.




MDH, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Baltimore, MD

Main Purpose of Job

The Deputy Chief Medical Examiner of the State of Maryland is a member of the OCME leadership team and must manifest expert guidance and professional decisions in the administration of the office.  The two Deputy Chiefs help maintain excellence of medicolegal death investigation and forensic pathology practices.  Duties include oversight of the autopsy, histology, toxicology, and secretarial services as well as physician scheduling and ensuring the smooth flow of daily conferences.  Moreover, the Deputy Chiefs are expected to help lead the institution to one of prominence and esteem in the community.  This position is primarily administrative, but he/she is expected to perform a 25% FTE autopsy caseload.     

The Deputy Chief Medical Examiner works under the direction of the Chief Medical Examiner and the Post Mortem Examiners Commission (PMEC) and performs duties defined by the Annotated Code of Maryland Health-General, Title 5, Sections 301-312. This deals with various duties associated with the investigation of all unattended and all non-natural deaths in the State of Maryland. The Statute establishes the jurisdiction and basic duties of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, but in actual practice the duties and responsibilities extend far beyond the outline provided by the Statute.


Qualified candidates must possess:       

  • Graduation from an accredited School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine Degree (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) or the international equivalent;
  • Successful completion of an ACGME approved Forensic Fellowship program;
  • Eligibility for medical licensure in the State of Maryland (Maryland licensure must be obtained prior to hire);
  • Board Certification in Forensic Pathology and Anatomic Pathology by the American Board of Pathology; 
  • Availability to be on 24-hour call two-three (2-3) times per month and to work one weekend per month (25% autopsy caseload); and,
  • Management and/or human resources experience in a Medical Examiner’s Office or comparable experience in the field of Forensic Pathology.



Desired candidates should possess:       

  • Knowledge of the rules, local regulations, agency policies and procedures of the OCME;
  • Ability to maintain an exceptional level of quality assurance;
  • Knowledge of professional standards in forensic pathology;
  • Excellent communication skills for both written and verbal communication with criminal prosecutors, defense attorneys, law-enforcement personnel, representatives from insurance companies, and next-of-kin, and must have a pronounced ability to maintain professional neutrality to all parties in a dispute or litigation;
  • Proven skill in working in a fast paced environment;
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to establish effective working relationships;
  • Experience handling high profile cases;
  • Experience dealing with interdisciplinary agencies (law enforcement, healthcare professionals, legal professionals, funeral homes, and government officials);
  • Operates with integrity and respect for colleagues;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with successful management of conflict resolution;
  • Successful team builder;
  • Effectively maximizes personnel resources; and,
  • Commitment to expectations of professionalism and excellence from staff.


Applicants must be licensed by the Maryland Board of Physicians to practice medicine under Maryland State Law at time of hire. A copy of the current license must be attached to the application.


This is a Management Service position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.  A resume must accompany your application.

Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. 

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.




Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to 410-333-5689. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

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