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Under the direction of a Pathologist, responsible for the gross examination and dissection of anatomic pathology specimens and the performance of postmortem examinations. Prepare tissue for numerous pathology tests including frozen section diagnosis, flow cytometry, and immunohistochemistry staining. Photograph gross and microscopic specimens, prepare educational conferences and provide training for Pathologists' Assistant students. Tasks may include administrative, supervisory and teaching responsibilities.
1. Autopsy Pathology 1.1. Obtains medical record and other clinical data, autopsy permit and verifies authenticity and legality of permit as related to Connecticut law and Hospital rules and regulations. Reviews same with attending pathologist involved in the autopsy. 1.2. Reviews medical history and autopsy request with all associated information with responsible attending pathologist. 1.3. Checks patient's record with staff pathologist to identify important clinical and anatomic features of case and identifying those special techniques and procedures which will be necessary (ie, cultures, histochemical stains, toxicological, viral or electron microscopic studies) and notify all personnel directly involved. 1.4. Ascertain whether medical examiner's office has been notified or should have been notified in cases where this is appropriate. 1.5. Performs or assists pathologist in gross postmortem evisceration and dissection under the supervision of attending pathologist noting weights, measurements, and other pertinent findings associated with this evisceration. 1.6. Takes gross photographs of autopsy organs and prepares material for various conferences. 1.7. Obtains all routine tissue blocks for histologic preparation and collects materials for appropriate other studies (toxicological, viral, bacterial, etc.) as directed. 1.8. Assures proper fixation, histologic preparation of all tissues. 1.9. Performs special techniques on those cases where appropriate. 1.10. Dictates or helps prepare provisional anatomic diagnoses, clinical history, etc., for review by attending pathologist in consultation with responsible pathologist. 1.11. Assumes responsibility for keeping complete accurate records of gross and microscopic photography of material and prepares selected organs when appropriate for teaching purposes. 1.12. Selects tissue for microscopic review and submits tissue to histology. 2. Surgical Pathology 2.1. Shall describe or supervise gross dissection and section of surgical specimens under the supervision of attending pathologist assigned to gross pathology in the surgical section. 2.2. Performs cryostat sections, stains, or supervises same for frozen section diagnosis. 2.3. Assumes responsibility or supervision of all photographs, special bacteriologic studies and preparation of specimens for future teaching conferences. 2.4. Shall participate and coordinate when appropriate assembling of surgical protocols, slides, relevant previous surgical material in preparation for sign-out by assigned staff pathologist. 2.5. Attends and participates when appropriate in surgical pathology sign-out conferences. 2.6. Will insure that histology information is accurately entered into the CoPath Computer System and that the correct work group has been selected. 2.7. Will dictate clinical history and prep diagnosis on all surgical specimens. Will proof read and correct the same as well as gross description in a timely fashion. 2.8. Will coordinate cutting room activities with aides, histotechnologists and secretaries. 2.9. Will comply with the blood-borne pathogen standard and the formalin standard. Will comply with established protocol for personal protective equipment. 3. Regulatory Compliance 3.1. Adheres to laboratory policies governing confidentiality and legal issues. Documents the release of patient information/specimen to the appropriate requesters as per laboratory policies. 3.2. Under the direction of the attending pathologist, review microscopic slides and prepare final report to include microscopic description and clinical pathologic correlation as needed and final diagnosis. Completes routine autopsies in 30 days and complicated autopsies in 90 days. 3.3. Complies with all department policies and procedures. 3.4. Completely familiar with and complies with hospital and department safety and personnel regulations. Assists with implementation of saftey controls in the department. 3.5. Maintains and adheres to departmental and hospital policies and procedures regarding patient/department/medical staff, ect., confidentiality standards. 3.6. Understands departmental, histology and surgical pathology policies and procedures. Reviews new and significant changes in policy in a timely fashion. 4. Clinical Direction 4.1. Coordinates cutting room activities. 4.2. Investigates and resolves complaints through own action or referral to a higher authority. 4.3. Reviews procedures and asks appropriate questions to insure thorough understanding before beginning substitution duties. 4.4. Carries out each task correctly and in its entirety. 4.5. Follows appropriate channels of communication. 4.6. Directly supervise Pathologists' Assistant students. Ensures their scope of responsibility does not exceed their skill level and they remain compliant with established guidelines. 4.7. Documents all difficult work situations for subsequent review or study. 4.8. Shall be responsible for other administrative duties relative to the anatomic and surgical pathology diagnoses and photography collection. 4.9. Shall assume under special circumstances other activities in the histology/cytology laboratories and autopsy service as appropriate. 4.10. Shall participate in specimen projects as directed such as revision of the on-line cutting manual, review and revision of the autopsy canned comments, review of SNOWMED coding, etc. 4.11. Shall participate in department quality assurance studies. 4.12. Participates in helping department reorganize and maintain a healthy working environment for fellow employees. 4.13. Carries out assigned tasks in an efficient manner, uses time well, and seeks additional work to utilize free time. 4.14. Willingly carries out additional assignments as required. 4.15. Recognizes the scope of responsibilities and functions within the limitation of the job description and organization structure. 4.16. Responds in a positive manner to constructive criticism. 4.17. Good team worker. Exemplifies optimal cooperation and positive attitude towards co-workers and others. 4.18. Demonstrates high degree of dependability and reliability under a variety of working conditions. 4.19. Displays honesty and sincerity in providing feedback to management concerning ideas for improved organizational efficiency and better patient care. 4.20. Is able to work independently, with a high degree of self motivation, requiring minimal supervision. 5. Continuing Medical Education 5.1. Participates in teaching program of laboratory personnel, particularly residents, students and others as appropriate. 5.2. Assists in the evaluation of new technologies, instrumentation & procedures. Performs instrument maintenance & troubleshooting. 5.3. Participates in continuing medical education activities. Continues technical and professional development. 5.4. Takes initiative to update knowledge of and skills in new procedures, equipment, methods, tools, techniques, and so forth. 5.5. Is mindful of department budget and workload when planning to attend conferences, seminars, and other activities which may update skills. 5.6. Plans and carries out activities to update skills in the most efficient and cost-effective manner, prioritizing based on current job needs. 5.7. Remains practical in attempting to apply updated skills to department's current routine. 5.8. Maintains current required certification, licenses and skill level.
Graduate of an AAPA approved Pathologists' Assistant program with a Bachelor and/or Masters degree in Health Sciences. Must be AAPA and ASCP certified or board eligible.
Two years experience as a Pathologists' Assistant within a hospital setting preferred.
ASCP certification required
Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills, as well as presentation skills required. Must be able to collaborate effectively with all levels of management. Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel. Excellent attention to detail required.
Ensures compliance with regulatory requirements and standards
In collaboration with physicians, Operating Room (OR) personnel and Histology, this position is responsible for the examination of tissue specimens from surgical patients, as well as the description and selection of samples submitted for processing and microscopic review/diagnosis by a pathologist. Also this position is responsible for the postmortem examination of patient with dissection, evisceration, description and selection of tissue samples representing the gross pathology. Must demonstrate the ability to work independently and solve problems.
Ability to stand for long periods of time. Manual dexterity for careful dissection of surgical specimens or organs required.