Human Remains Coordinator and Prosector

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is recruiting a Human Remains Coordinator and Prosector, working within the Department of Pathology. Reporting to the Anatomy Assistant Professor, independently prosects embalmed human remains and specimens for instructional use in the medical school.

Independently prosects embalmed human remains to produce high-quality anatomic specimens for instructional use and demonstration by faculty. Works with faculty to determine optimal use of human anatomical specimens for instructional labs. Works with faculty to update, develop and record lucid prosection protocols used by student prosectors. May provide limited instruction to students about prosection technique and specimen care. Assists anatomy faculty and pathology lab staff in laboratory and classroom set-up, including but not limited to placing specimens and models on lab floor and in the classroom as instructed. Provides limited instruction of anatomy objectives. Coordinates with other pathology department staff as needed to move remains and specimens to and from the pathology suite for anatomical instructional use. Assists pathology laboratory staff with maintenance and management of human remains and specimens as needed for instructional use. Responsible for gross anatomy laboratory maintenance and assists pathology staff in routine facility maintenance. Works with faculty to coordinate specimen needs for all gross anatomy educational programs within the medical school, including the gross anatomy course and advanced anatomy educational programs and courses. Works with pathology staff to obtain medical information on willed body donors for optimum specimen use and assists with maintenance of web-based database of all human remains used for educational purposes at the medical school. At times may be responsible for cleaning up bodily fluids from cadavers outside of department. Availability to work occasional overtime on weekends or evenings to complete time sensitive projects. All other duties as assigned. Acquires knowledge for new technology and policy/procedure revisions.

Bachelor’s degree in applicable field (e.g., Biomedical Sciences) supplemented with college credit for coursework in human or comparative anatomy. Master’s degree preferred. Six months to one year of related and progressively more responsible coursework and/or work in the dissection and/or prosection of anatomical specimens. Knowledge of human anatomy. Knowledge of medical terminology. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Willingness to learn new techniques and adapt to changing curriculum requirements. Ability to lift human remains and heavy machinery. Ability to work independently with little or no supervision after initial training period. Ability to manage confidential information in a professional manner and use sound judgment at all times.