Under the technical supervision of a pathologist, and administrative supervision of the Laboratory Site Manager, responsibilities encompass assisting the pathologists in the grossing of human surgical specimens. The Pathology Assistant will prepare materials for use at pathology conferences upon request and maintain records of tissue and other QA/QC parameters.
Reports to the Laboratory Site Manager and Chief of Pathology; and indirectly to Pathologists.
P.A., ASCP or equivalent
1. TEAM WORK A. Involves other departments in project planning and implementation. B. Supports others in the department and provides help and assistance when possible. C. Regularly attends and participates in team and/or departmental meetings and activities. D. Keeps others in the department informed of relevant information. E. Regularly offers and requests constructive feedback and coaching. F. Establishes and maintains effective working relations.
2. SERVICE EXCELLENCE (both internal and external) A. Welcomes patients/customers/employees in a warm, friendly manner. B. Actively listens and constructively responds to questions and concerns in a timely manner. C. Ensures that the dignity of the patient/customer/employee is maintained at all times. D. Abides by and upholds the hospital’s service excellence standards. E. Respects the diversity of the patient/customer/employee population. F. Demonstrates safe and effective use of equipment. V.
1. Assists in the preparation and performance of surgical specimen examinations which include: A. Picking up specimens from various pick up sites within the hospital. B. Performing short registrations in Meditech when necessary. C. Accessioning specimens into Copath. D. Assuring appropriate specimen accessioning and numbering of all surgical specimens. E. Obtaining clinical history including scans, X-rays, etc. when indicated. F. Labeling cassettes with two patient identifiers. G. Describing gross anatomic features, dissecting surgical specimens and preparing tissue for microscopic examination under direct/indirect supervision of a pathologist. H. Obtaining biological specimens for analysis and performing special techniques as directed by the pathologist. I. Photographing all pertinent specimens and microscopic slides. J. Assuring correct coding and filing of surgical protocols and reports, filing photographic and microscopic slides and maintenance of other anatomical reports and data. K. Assuring proper maintenance of equipment, adequate supply inventory, and cleanliness of the surgical pathology suite and frozen section room. L. Assists in the organization and coordination of anatomic pathology conferences. M. Aids in the frozen section process including cutting, staining and cover slipping slides.
2. Assists, initiates, institutes, and/or accomplishes certain specialized procedures or duties as designated by the Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Site Manger, including continuing education lectures, supervisory and teaching responsibilities, and any other additional responsibilities assigned by the laboratory administration team.
3. Ensures compliance with all federal, state and local regulations and other regulatory agencies (CAP, TJC, FDA, etc.) policies. Maintain inspection readiness at all times.
4. Keep current on new technologies, procedures and methodologies that may enhance patient care and/or increase efficiency in the laboratory.
5. Follow all organizational, departmental and hospital policies, ie. Fire, Safety, Hazardous Waste, HIPAA regulations, etc.
6. Maintains procedure manuals.
7. Develops and performs QA monitors to assure continued safe practices