Working in the morgue is a unique experience in which no two days are alike. During the autopsy, the Autopsy Assistant provides support to pathology faculty and house officers. This includes assisting with dissection, whether a full autopsy or brain only, and coordination of paperwork required by Michigan Medicine in compliance with all applicable laws and/or regulations. In addition, the staff of this unit interacts daily with funeral directors and faculty and staff from the patient floors, regarding the status of autopsies which have been or will be performed.
The Michigan Medicine Pathology Morgue Suite staff is comprised of two full-time Autopsy Assistants/Medico-Legal Death Investigators and two "on-call" Autopsy Assistants. The on-call Autopsy Assistants are responsible for working with the medical staff performing autopsies on weekends and after hours autopsies. For example, rapid prostate autopsies and brain only autopsies.