Under supervision of a pathologist, assists with preparing, dissecting, and selecting pathology specimens for analyses.
Essential Job Duties:
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
Espouses the principals of Lean Thinking and creates a work environment that positively promotes continuous process improvement. Explores opportunities to add value to job (innovative ideas) to benefit the organization and taking ownership of the outcome. Proactively finds other work-related tasks during low census.
Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
Maintains inter- and intradepartmental work flow by fostering a spirit of cooperation (hand offs).
Maintains laboratory supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies. Conserves laboratory resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results.
Orders or accessions appropriate tests in Laboratory Information System (LIS) as requested by authorized provider by accurately reading and interpreting orders and being familiar with test mnemonics.
Under the general supervision of a Pathologist, assists in the collection (autopsy) and gross examination of surgical and autopsy specimens for diagnostic evaluation and reporting. Performs functions to established productivity guidelines with minimal errors.
Assists Pathologist with frozen section by preparing tissue and producing slides.
Operates and maintains laboratory instrumentation. Performs preventative maintenance and troubleshoots problems to the full extent of ability
Participate in the training of new staff and students by serving as a mentor and technical resource.
Actively participates in the laboratory quality plan/program (ex. investigative reports, notification of delays, etc.)
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with course work sufficient to meet the requirements of the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) for certification as a Pathologists Assistant.
In lieu of ASCP certification as a Pathologists Assistant, consideration will be given to those who have completed a four year medical degree and at least one year of pathology residency.
Preferred Qualifications: One year of experience working in an acute care facility as a PA(ASCP). 2+ years experience grossing complex surgical specimens such as breast, lung, gastro-intestinal, and gyn is preferred.
Certification as a Pathologist Assistant
Working Conditions, Equipment, Physical Demands:
There is a reasonable expectation that employees in this position will be exposed to blood-borne pathogens.
Physical Demands – Medium
Medium work. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
The physical demands and work environment that have been described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The above job description is an overview of the functions and requirements for this position. This document is not intended to be an exhaustive list encompassing every duty and requirement of this position; your supervisor may assign other duties as deemed necessary.