Acquires tissue from surgical resection specimens for the purpose of research, under direct or indirect supervision of a Pathologist. Oversees chain-of-custody of surgical specimens from surgical suite to pathology processing of specimen for clinical purposes. Maintains records to ensure documentation of research-related activities, and compliance with clinical/research regulatory requirements and protocols.
1.Maintains communication with clinical researchcoordinators regarding patient recruitment, status of patient consenting,scheduling of surgical procedures, coordination with surgical suite staff, andcoordination with pathology staff involved in clinical processing of surgicalspecimens.
2.Maintainsrecords regarding tissue acquisition activities including development andmaintenance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), records to fulfillregulatory and compliance requirements, and data-basing for purposes ofspecimen tracking and curating.
3.Developsand maintains expertise in specimen dissection and knowledge of dissectionprotocols for clinical processing of specimens to ensure acquisition of tissuefor research purposes does not negatively impact processing of specimen forclinical purposes.
4.Consultswith appropriate attending Pathologist(s) as needed for specimen disposition regardingwhether tissue can be acquired for research purposes, and if so, how much andfrom where in the tissue specimen in compliance with established SOPs for eachspecimen type.
5.Dissectsspecimen for resection of tissue for research purposes under direct or indirectsupervision. Includes but is not limitedto:
Assuring appropriatespecimen accession and numbering of surgical specimens and designated researchspecimens;
Describing grossanatomic features, and taking samples for microscopic examination and researchprotocols; and
Assisting inpreparation of frozen protocols
6.Processesresearch tissue for distribution to recipients including acquisition of fresh(vital) tissue, freezing of tissue, or processing for fixation, as appropriateto research study protocol.
7.Helpsensure specimens are received at appropriate locations, on a timely basis andin a state of quality appropriate for the intended research use by working withresearch team.
8.Workswith Biorepository(ies) to track specimen inventories, curation status, anddistribution to recipients.
9.Workswith biorepository staff to ensure high performance of integrated system fortracking, processing, and monitoring the research program operations andprotocols utilizing the services of the Biorepository.
Performs related duties, as required.
Bachelor'sDegree from a Pathologist Assistant Program or related field, required. Master's Degree or International Medical Graduate trained in Anatomic Pathology,preferred.
Certificationthrough the ASCP as a Pathologist Assistant, required.
Minimumof seven (7) years experience in surgical pathology, autopsy dissection,histology procedures/techniques, gross dissection of surgical specimens, frozensections and post-mortem examinations, required.
Excellent communication skills and ability to workindependently, required.
Demonstrates technical proficiency required to do thejob. Possesses directly related current knowledge.
Northern Westchester Hospital