Pathologist Assistant

Job Description

Under the direction of the directors, the Pathologists’ Assistant serves as a technical expert in Surgical Pathology Gross Rooms, providing technical assistance and direction to trainees and pathologists’ assistants (PAs). The primary role of the incumbent is practitioner, educator and role model for trainees and staff members in grossing the most complex cancer specimens (pancreas, breast, bladder, uterus, ovary, etc.) as well as simple benign resections and biopsies. It is the role of the PA to continuously interact with the laboratory director(s), site managers, supervisors and designees. The incumbent determines the need to consult with a pathologist, makes technical grossing decisions, troubleshoots and resolves specimen receiving issues. The incumbent must have the basic knowledge of the full scope of general PA technical duties in the laboratory when required (lab preparation, receiving, accessioning, performing an intraoperative evaluation including cryostat frozen sectioning and staining, gross sectioning, dictation, photography, etc.). The incumbent must also have a thorough understanding of what and why these sections are essential, and perform duties efficiently (focusing on quality and quantity). As determined, works variable schedules and rotates at other work sites as needed. Provides technical support to the Autopsy Service and Histology Laboratory as needed. Other duties as assigned. SKILLS AND CERTIFICATIONS [note: bold skills and certification are required] Bachelor’s Degree A graduate from a NAACLS accredited pathologists’ assistant training program ASCP certified or certification-eligible as pathologists’ assistant Certification-eligible candidates must pass the certification examination within one year of hire Current Fellow member of the American Association of Pathologists’ Assistants (AAPA) preferred Current Member of the American Society for Clinical Pathology preferred Master’s Degree preferred