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The Pathology Department is seeking a Pathologist Assistant to assist surgical pathologists in handling surgical specimens, including performing grossing functions for surgical specimens of all levels of complexity; assisting with frozen section procedures; procuring tissue for research; assisting with autopsies and photographing specimens as appropriate; and participating in administrative, quality assurance and control activities in gross room. Other duties include teaching and training residents and follows rotating through the gross room. The successful candidate should be organized and trainable plus have their PA (ASCP) or qualified to sit for the certification exam within 90-days of hire, with pending graduation from NAACLS accredited school. The Pathologist Assistant will work 4-day workweek from 8:30 am – 7:00 pm with a rotating weekday off.
Experience and Education
Master’s degree as Pathologists’ Assistant, certification or eligible for certification as a Pathologists’ Assistant by American Association of Pathologists’ Assistants or other recognized accrediting agency.
New graduates must be within four (4) months of expected graduation date, and in good standing with their accredited program, to be considered for hire, and must be able to successfully pass PA Certification exam within the first 90 days of hire.
Preparation, gross description and dissection of human tissue surgical specimens including a) assuring appropriate specimen accessioning; b) obtaining pertinent clinical information and history, including scans, x-rays, lab data, etc; c) describing gross anatomic features of surgical specimens, preparing tissues for histological processing, obtaining biological samples such as blood, tissue and toxicological material for studies such as flow cytometry, image analysis, immunohistochemistry, etc. and performing requisite special procedures; d) preparing and submitting appropriate tissue sections for light microscopy as well as special procedures such as frozen section, electron microscopy and immunoflourescence microscopy; e) photographing appropriate specimens and microscopic slides.
Assist pathologists or pathology residents in gross and microscopic examination of surgical and autopsy specimens, including specimen photography and tissue blocking. Conferring with the attending pathologist(s) to identify any special techniques and procedures to be utilized in the completion of examination (e.g. cultures smears; histochemical, immunofluorescence, toxicological, viral or electron microscopic studies, etc.), and notifying all personnel directly involved.
Train (under faculty supervision) new residents in performance of autopsy and surgical gross dissections, specimen photography, and trimming in tissue blocks for histology. Coordinates patient care and teaching conferences including retrieval of clinical and laboratory data, radiographic studies, pathologic materials and specimen photographs. Assisting in the organization and coordination of anatomic pathology conferences.
Maintain banks of fixed frozen tissues. Maintain databases of specimens, photographs, conference proceedings, and teaching materials. Develop best practices for surgical pathology specimen processing.
Develop and maintain quality control/quality assurance programs. Assures proper maintenance of equipment, provision of adequate supplies, and cleanliness of laboratory area.
Performs other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES
Work requires proficiency in use of all medical and surgical instruments and equipment specific to job duties.
Work requires extreme accuracy in all phases of work.
Work requires ability to exercise considerable judgment in recording, interpreting, and evaluating medical histories and physical data of patients, recommending treatments and medications, counseling patients, and recognizing conditions of patients that require immediate attention of physician.
Work requires frequent personal contact with patients to take medical histories, conduct physical examinations, and counsel.
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