M-F. No nights or Weekends. Participating in surgical pathology specimen grossing and performance of Autopsies. No preferences- new or soon-to-be graduates are welcome to apply - if we have any current Duke program candidates we definitely want to consider them for hire pending graduation.
General Description of the Job Class
Assist in performance of autopsy and surgical pathology services. Work independently when performing professional duties associated with the preparation, performance, and completion of autopsies, and examination and/or preparations of the surgical pathology specimens, with general supervision of pathologist.
Duties and Responsibilities of this Level
Select and identify tissue for microscopic study; determine proper fixative solutions in which tissue will be maintained.
Triage specimen received from surgery; dictate gross findings on selected specimen using appropriate terminology; refer tissue sections for microscopic review by Pathologist or Resident.
Maintain records of surgical pathology specimen dissections and dictation; assist in the compilation of reports for surgical pathology; label and store gross tissue specimen.
Perform specialized procedures such as frozen sections and decalcification; maintain and coordinate specimen and records for specialized procedures using appropriate protocols; submit requests for special histologic procedures and special stains when appropriate.
Photograph specimen samples as appropriate for use in instruction and documentation. Perform photomicroscopy on cases considered for interdepartmental conferences or for teaching purposes; maintain complete and accurate records of all gross and microscopic photographs.
Assist pathologist with eviscerations, gross anatomic dissection, and in obtaining appropriate sections for microscopic examination; assist in the training of techniques and procedures to staff interns and residents.
Remove organs, portions of bone, or other samples of tissues for any specialized study or research; collect special materials for toxicological, viral and bacteriological assays. Maintain records; file x-rays; maintain facilities; label and store gross tissue obtained during autopsy; monitor and order supplies.
Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
Minimum Required Qualifications
Bachelors or Master's degree from an accredited Pathologist Assistant program.
Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification
Certification by the American Association of Pathologist Assistants.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Basic knowledge of human anatomy, macro surgical techniques, general laboratory skills. Understanding of safety and infection control requirements of the position. Demonstrated ability to obtain and prepare tissue for evaluation, provide assistance to pathologists, in a timely and quality manner. Proficiency in preparing and maintaining records, use of electronic communications tools and software.
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