The Pathologists' Assistant is specifically trained in the gross examination, dissection and submission of specimens for histologic evaluation for all commonly received specimens in the Histology Laboratory.
Under the supervision of a board certified Anatomic Pathologist, the Pathologist Assistant is responsible for:
Gross description and dissection (examination of surgical tissues).
Submission and preparation of specimens for histologic and other laboratory testing.
Gross specimen photography.
Processing of frozen sections and/or touch preparations for rapid interpretation.
Training of new employees within the appropriate scope of practice as necessary
Technical review and writing of relevant procedures with the Anatomic Pathology Manager
Attendance at all relevant meetings
Maintaining equipment in work area
Abiding by Hospital and Laboratory policies
Maintaining a clean work environment
Participation in organization of conferences
A minimum of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university, plus successful completion of an NAACLS accredited Pathologists' Assistant program.
Able to communicate effectively and work well with laboratory personnel and the pathologists on staff, as well as key individuals outside the department
PA (ASCP) required
Qualifies for high proficiency testing, meeting the CAP standards for performing gross dissection