Senior Pathologist Assistant
Job ID: 560937
The Pathology Department at UPMC is excited to be hiring a Senior Pathologist Assistant! In this exciting role, you'd have the opportunity to rotate between the laboratory facilities at UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Shadyside, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.
This lab offers exposure to a wide variety of different and complex specimens. So if you're looking to join a team that is on the cutting-edge of medicine, then we invite you to explore our Senior Pathologist Assistant opportunity today!
Under the general direction of the Manager or Supervisor and the applicable Medical Director, you would have the ability to oversee and perform the activities of the pathology assistants in the evaluation, examination, description, dissection, and sectioning of the gross tissue in both surgical and autopsy pathology for the microscopic evaluation and review by the pathologists.
You would also serve as an assistant to Pathology Fellows and Residents in their training in gross surgical and autopsy pathology, and are accountable to the Pathologists on medical issues. In addition, the position is responsible for performing various auxiliary functions such as photography and specimen radiology, and performs various training, supervisory and administrative functions.
Pathologist Assistant Master's Degree and PA(ASCP) Certification strongly preferred.
- Adhere to all safety standards, policies and procedures related to the handling and disposal of specimens. Complies with standard precaution procedures.
- Assist manager or Supervisor with administrative functions as they relate to the Pathologists' Assistant portion of the department including assisting with development of quality assurance monitors, quality control monitors, data gathering and preparations of QA report, input for performance reviews, budget preparation and monitoring, regulatory compliance and continuing education and training.
- Operate the Laboratory Information System and Medical Archival Retrieval System relative to the functions of the pathology assistants team.
- Continually provide and participate in on-the-job training conferences, seminars and continuing education to ensure competence and awareness of most recent technology and advances in the field. Participate in competency evaluation of pathologist's assistant team members for skill and task assessment.
- Ensure that tests are prepared properly at all stages from specimen collection through results reporting, and performs additional special handling of the specimens if necessary or requested (i.e.: radiography, photography, special fixation, cultures and tissue procurement).
- Examine and prepare surgical pathology cases for microscopic evaluation by providing gross description, dissection and sections of each case as defined by the Surgical Pathology Manual while maintaining accurate records of all activities.
- Oversee the proper handling, storage and disposition of all surgical and autopsy tissue while adhering to the regulatory and compliance standards regarding biohazard and safety.
- Participate in and performs frozen sections, intraoperative consultations, autopsies and prenatal procedures. File and retrieve surgical and autopsy materials and maintain accurate records of all such activities.
- Perform duties according to the policies and procedures of the Pathology Department and Hospital including compliance and confidentiality. Remain abreast of policies, regulations, guidelines, techniques, procedures and methodologies in anatomic and autopsy pathology.
- Perform special projects such as research protocols when required.
- Perform the proper operation, repair and replacement, and preventative maintenance of area equipment and tools. Maintain record logs for the equipment.
- Provide independent technical leadership, consulting with the Manager or Supervisor on unusual and complex cases, such as oncology cases where the tumor has spread into other organs, cancers that extend into surrounding structures, autopsies on complicated cases, and initial intraoperative examination and tissue banking for uncommon specimens of interest to research such as wide section melanomas and thoracic biopsies. Provides ongoing training and orientation to the pathology assistant team members.