A Pathologists’ Assistant will provide surgical pathology services under the direction and supervision of a Pathologist - Obtain pertinent patient clinical information and history, including scans, x-rays, and laboratory data necessary to perform the required grossing and dissection processes.
Perform gross dissection and description of all types of surgical specimens (from non-complex specimens such as biopsies to major surgical cancer resections (i.e. mastectomy, nephrectomy, hysterectomy, laryngectomy, hemicolectomy, Whipple's, etc.).
Prepare and submit appropriate tissue sections for light microscopy (routine processing) as well as special procedures such as frozen section, electron microscopy, immunofluorescence, cytogenetics, flow cytometry, etc.
Perform special procedures including Faxitron imaging, specimen triage, and research tissue banking. Photograph all appropriate gross specimens and microscopic slides.
Assist and train Pathology Residents in gross room techniques. Assists in the preparation and performance of human postmortem examination with subsequent dissection, submission of samples, and dictation of gross findings.
Certification as a Pathologists’ Assistant by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) (required). PA (ASCP) certification must be obtained within 6 month of hire and renewed as required.
Graduation from an NAACLS accredited Pathologist Assistant training program (preferred) OR a minimum of 8 years of work experience as a Pathologists’ Assistant in a high pace hospital setting (required) AND an earned bachelor’s degree in a chemical or biological science or medical laboratory technology, obtained from an accredited institution (required).
Skills and knowledge needed to perform accurate gross examination and dissection of surgical tissue specimens in a surgical pathology lab.
Ability to perform frozen sections and human postmortem examinations.
Previous experience working in surgical pathology lab in a high pace hospital setting.
Ability to follow grossing templates and procedures as well as effectively teach Pathology Residents and other gross room employees.
Knowledge of required safety protocols when working with fresh human tissue, blood and chemicals.
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