The Pathologist Assistant reports to the Lead Pathologist Assistant and the attending pathologist. Under general supervision prepares surgical and autopsy specimens for microscopic examination which includes gross description and dissection. Assists in the performance of postmortem examinations.
Processes surgical pathology specimens including properly fixing cutting photographing and sectioning of surgical specimens including frozen sections and utilization of the laboratory information system according to standard operating policies and procedures.
Performs postmortem examination under the supervision of the pathologist and assists medical students in performing autopsies.
Works closely with residents and medical students orienting and teaching.
Maintains inventory and equipment including preventative maintenance tasks.
Notifies in a timely manner either the chief resident fellow Director of Surgical Pathology or Director of the residents program when work is beginning to back up.
Ensures a clean and safe work environment by maintaining adequate supplies and instruments and monitoring the cleanliness of work-stations including frozen section area. Ensures equipment is in good working order.
Monitors hours and activities of grossing staff.
Performs other duties as assigned such as accessioning billing and coding.
Bachelors Degree in biology and successful completion of an accredited pathologist assistant program.
Pathologist Assistant certification preferred.
Completion of medical training or related doctoral program may be substituted for Pathologist Assistant certification.
Professional knowledge and very high level of analytical ability to perform postmortem and tissue examinations interpret findings and determine data to be forwarded to pathologist.
Knowledge of anatomic pathology computer system functions.
Ability to conduct gross dissection procedures utilizing surgical instruments.
Interpersonal and verbal communication skills to effectively interact with pathologists train medical students and residents and present and defend case findings at conferences.
Written communication skills to prepare case summaries and interpretations and reports of laboratory activities.
Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care patients with consideration of aging processes human development stages and cultural patterns in each step of the care process.
Three to six months job related experience to become familiar with a variety of procedures techniques and equipment used in performing activities.
Physical abilities to assist in lifting and positioning bodies.
Exposed to infectious diseases and odorous chemicals when performing autopsies and working with surgical specimens.
Hazards are minimized by adherence to established safety precautions
Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status. Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
Location: Rhode Island Hospital USA:RI:Providence
Work Type: Full Time