Strength Through Diversity
Ground breaking science. Advancing medicine. Healing made personal.
The Family Liaison for the Department of
Pathology (Warm Autopsy Program) is a part of the medical team involved with
review of patients in final life stage to assist Palliative Care and families
in discussion regarding the option of an autopsy, disposition of the body,
identification of cases with tissues of high value for pathology/cancer
research, impact on funeral arrangements, consent forms and related matters.
Roles & Responsibilities:
- Attends rounds with Palliative Care and other services on a daily basis
- Assists with epic review of patients actively dying to assist Palliative Care on Cause of Death determination and the identification of cases with tissues with high value for pathology/cancer center research
- Reviews what family members or caregivers are involved with the patient’s clinical care and establishes next-of-kin prior to disposition, and participates in discussion regarding the autopsy
- Communicates comfortably and compassionately with family/caregivers and friends of those actively dying to explain the benefits of an autopsy while maintaining a supportive and caring demeanor
- In explaining the autopsy procedure, reinforces that it does not interfere with funeral arrangements or open caskets, that the institution respects all religious wishes of families, and works to comply with all desired autopsy restrictions
- Explains the time-frame of an autopsy and its potential limitations, and that the procedure will not always result in a clear cause of death
- Confirms all autopsy consents for any issues relating to Cause of Death, Medical Examiner issues and next-of-kin
- Maintains log of brain cutting/weight (if collected and where distributed, i.e., MHBB, CRARY, VA or regular autopsy service)
- Records any autopsy or process discrepancies
- Follows up with physicians on any related issues
- Other related duties as assigned
- Education: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a health science or counselling
- Experience: 2+ years in a related health care field, preferably in patient/family relations
Strength Through Diversity
The Mount Sinai Health System believes that diversity is a driver for excellence. We share a common devotion to delivering exceptional patient care. Yet we’re as diverse as the city we call home- culturally, ethically, in outlook and lifestyle. When you join us, you become a part of Mount Sinai’s unrivaled record of achievement, education and advancement as we revolutionize medicine together.
We work hard to acquire and retain the best people, and to create a welcoming, nurturing work environment where you can develop professionally. We share the belief that all employees, regardless of job title or expertise, can make an impact on quality patient care.
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Over 38,000 employees strong, the mission of the Mount Sinai Health System is to provide compassionate patient care with seamless coordination and to advance medicine through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve.
Formed in September 2013, The Mount Sinai Health System combines the excellence of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with seven premier hospital campuses, including Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt), Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.
The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We promote recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background, or sexual orientation.