• Pathologists' Assistant (On-Call)

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 10 months ago(5/15/2018 2:47 PM)
    Requisition ID
    Allied Health
    Position Type
  • Overview

    The Pathologists’ Assistant is responsible for the preparation, gross description and dissection of surgical specimens for histologic processing, including photographing gross specimens, performing frozen sections and performing specialized procedures prior to processing.   Participates in preparation and performance of postmortem examinations including the performance of associated specialized procedures.


    Functions as a member of the laboratory team and actively supports the hospital’s quality improvement and customer service goals. 


    1. Receives/obtains surgical specimens and ensured accuracy of patient information on requisition. Accessions specimen into CoPath, allowing for accurate billing.  Performs detailed and specialized dissection of tissue samples, selecting and preparing the appropriate sections in order for the pathologist to provide an accurate report.  Accurately dictates gross description of each specimen, providing a legal documentation suitable for the medical record.
    2. Performs the necessary slide preparations for frozen sections and fine needle aspiration analysis during intraoperative consultations.
    3. Performs specimen photography and radiography. Maintains proper functioning of photography equipment according to department guidelines.  Produces correctly labeled, quality photographs and radiographs suitable for the patient’s records. Maintains and downloads specimen photography for shared use.
    4. Educates new students, residents, and fellows in the description and dissection of surgical biopsies and large complicated specimens. This includes instruction on departmental procedures such as specimen photography, use of cryostats and staining setups, biorepository and daily operation/workflow of grossing area and morgue.
    5. Participates in the preparation and performance of autopsies to include: (a) preparation of body for autopsy (performing the correct incisions); (b) external examination; (c) in-situ organ inspection; (d) systematic removal of organs; (e) dissection of organs; (f) recording of data; (g) selection and submission of tissue for microscopic examination; (h) procurement of cultures and blood for testing; (i) prepares and supplies the autopsy suite for examination; (j) prepares body for undertaker according to accepted standards.
    6. Performs specialized techniques required during the performance of autopsies, including the distension of intact hearts, examination for pneumothorax, obtaining bone samples, and others.
    7. Maintains Biorepository. Collects, logs in and rapidly freezes tissue samples; registers sample in Freezerworks providing an independent sample number without patient identifiers; stores samples in freezer according to placement indicated in the database; distributes tissue to researchers in accordance to the Institutional Review Board and in accordance with research protocols, and maintaining records of all tissue given out. 
    8. Remains current with written protocols and procedure manuals, and capable of developing and writing new protocols and procedures
    9. Participates in development of safety protocols and observes strict biological, fire and chemical safety procedures. Adheres to safety policies, regulations and precautions in the laboratory. 
    10. Provides on call coverage during evenings and/or weekends as necessary.


    1. Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Degree preferred in specific/appropriate discipline or related life sciences from an accredited institution.
    2. Professional registration/certification as a Pathologist Assistant (AAPA certified or certificate eligible).
    3. Follows established laboratory safety procedures in accordance with regulatory bodies such as Joint Commission, CAP, OSHA, FDA, and EPA.
    4. Proven problem solving skills, integrating and interpreting data, finding solutions to technical problems. Performs critical analysis and uses principles of scientific theory to solve both technical and non-technical problems. 
    5. Excellent interpersonal skill to effectively communicate with team members, physicians, parents and all other customers of the laboratory
    6. Attention to detail is critical, with direct impact on patient care.
    7. Demonstrated knowledge of hospital and laboratory computer information systems.
    8. Normal vision or corrected to 20/20 and color discrimination.
    9. Ability to thrive in a fast paced work environment and to work within short time frames due to critical nature of work and multiple priorities.


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