Position Summary: We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Lead Pathologists' Assistant (PA).
A Pathologists' Assistant is a highly trained allied health professional who provides various pathology services under the direction and supervision of a pathologist.
This position is responsible for the gross examination and dissection of anatomic pathology specimens. The Lead PA must prepare tissue for numerous pathological tests including frozen section diagnosis, histology, flow cytometry, and immunohistochemical staining. The Lead PA may photograph gross and microscopic specimens, help prepare educational conferences, and provide training to pathology residents. The duties of the Lead PA are not always limited to anatomic and surgical pathology, but also include a variety of tasks including administrative, supervisory, and teaching duties. In addition to the Pathologists' Assistant duties described above, this individual will assist the Gross Room Manager in directing gross room operational workflow, and determining daily case grossing assignments. The Lead PA will work with the Gross Room Manager to ensure procedures are adhered to by staff, house staff, and physicians. They will also work on developing new procedures as they relate to gross room laboratory operations and regulatory compliance. This individual will also assist in ensuring proper upkeep and maintenance of the grossing laboratory; including but not limited to organization of supplies, cleanliness of stations, and equipment and facility maintenance. Assists manager in troubleshooting and maintaining operations as they relate to autopsy and the daily morgue census.
Reconciliation of specimens: assures appropriate specimen accessioning reconciles specimen labeling of logs, containers, blocks, and requisitions, according to procedures.
Obtaining and appropriately applying the clinical information to the analysis and interpretation of the surgical case.
Gross description: Accurately dictates gross description according to designated protocols and templates. Includes all relevant details in the gross description including; color, measurement, shape, weight. Reviews gross description to ensure accuracy and completion.
Dissection of specimens including; Dissects specimens according to protocols and procedures. Prepares appropriate sample of tissue for histological processing and/or frozen sections, obtains tissue for additional studies including but not limited to flow cytometry, electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, etc., and performs special procedures including faxitron imaging and tumor triage. Photographs all appropriate gross specimens and microscopic slides. Correlates specimen information with the appropriate attending pathologist.
Performing duties relating to the maintenance of the laboratory when needed. Cleans workstation between and after case dissection completion. Ensures proper maintenance of equipment, sterilization of instruments and discard of waste and material properly. Notifies manager of low supply inventory and assists with supply management and supply ordering.
Assists manager in directing workflow daily. Assists manager in ensuring that specimens are grossed in a timely manner with appropriate priority, that all staff and house staff are assigned to cases appropriately according to departmental procedures, and that frozen section coverage is maintained at both Tisch and HJD.
Assisting in the department with coordination of anatomic pathology conferences.
Performing duties relating to the maintenance of the laboratory when needed. Cleans workstation between and after case dissection completion. Ensures proper maintenance of equipment, sterilization of instruments and discard of waste and material properly. Notifies manager/lab helpers of low supply inventory and assists with supply management.
Assists in developing and implementing any new operational procedures in the Gross Room. Supports residents and fellows in workflow management as it relates to gross room laboratory operations.
Assists in developing and implementing any new grossing procedures. Supports PA's and house staff in training on new grossing procedures.
Participates in creating teaching programs for PA students, residents, and fellows. Does this in conjunction with the residency director, surgical pathology director, and gross room manager. Assists in training/teaching for the house staff, students, and PA's. This includes but is not limited to training in: pathology gross examination, dissection, and dictation procedures, use of cryostats, faxitron, and digital photography as needed.
Assists department, Gross room manager, and Quality Director with various QA/QI initiatives and tracking QA activity. Assists manager and department administration in performing self-audits and implementing new protocols or projects to lead towards Quality improvement in the gross room. Assists manager in troubleshooting problem cases. Works with pathologists to resolve when necessary.
Assists department, Gross room manager, and Quality Director with compliance with all regulatory agency standards including by not limited to: CAP, NYSDOH, NYCDOH, CMS, OSHA, and Joint Commission. Assists manager and department administration in performing self-audits and implementing measures to achieve compliance.
Assists supervisor, pathologists, house staff, and management with any and all other duties as assigned.
Graduate of a NAACLS accredited Pathology Assistant training program, or Bachelor's Degree in clinical laboratory science, medical technology, biology or related field, with required 3 years working as a Pathologist Assistant (particularly with exposure to surgical pathology, gross dissection of surgical specimens, and frozen sections).
NYSDOH License as a Pathologist Assistant or clinical laboratory technologist.
Excellent communication skills and ability to work independently.
National Certification by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP-PA).
Board certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP BOR).
Certification through the American Association of Pathologist Assistants (AAPA).
Experience working with Residents and Fellows.
3+ years experience working in a surgical pathology laboratory as a Pathologist Assistant.
Qualified candidates must be able to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization.
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