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The Pathologists Assistant (PA) is responsible for some of the functions normally performed by the anatomic pathologists. Under the supervision of a pathologist, the PA may perform autopsies, photography, and grossing of surgical specimens; monitor progress of tissue studies for autopsy cases, arrange tissue storage and organization. This individual will assist pathologists in both technical and administrative duties. Responsibilities require the PA to work independently with minimal supervision; he or she must have exceptional organizational skills and motor skills. Duties require working knowledge of anatomy, pathology, and histopathology.
1. Demonstrates the anatomic pathology technical skills and knowledge required for surgical, autopsy, and perinatal specimens 2. Knowledge of anatomy and dissection procedures for surgical, autopsy, and perinatal specimens. 3. Ability to perform gross descriptions for surgical, autopsy, and perinatal specimens4. Ability to perform photography of body, organs, and pertinent items5. Select appropriate tissues for cultures, microscopic exams and special studies6. Autopsy prosection including external exam, in situ organ inspection, evisceration, organ dissection and dictation of the gross findings7. Assure proper restoration of the body for acceptable release to the funeral director8. Optional: Performs specialized technical services electron microscopy or other. Please describe responsibilities:9. Maintains 35 mm slide archive10. Performs other duties as assigned11. Demonstrates knowledge of and upholds applicable laws and regulations related to position12. Wears / uses personal protective equipment as appropriate for the work area or task performed13. Performs quality control procedures as required and documents / notifies manager with ?out of control results?14. Performs and documents daily, weekly and monthly tasks where appropriate15. Assists Manager and Chief with QA projects and monitors 16. Reviews and signs all applicable manuals on an annual basis: Safety, LIS and technical procedure manuals17. Attends continuing education programs and meets the department requirements of 4 hours of CE per year18. Able to review, write procedures and policies and prepare quality assurance reports according to regulatory agency standards19. Obtains proper authorization for autopsy procedures 20. Assures proper maintenance and restoration of the autopsy suite21. Demonstrates clerical accuracy and computer skills required in the laboratory and for administrative responsibilites22. Verifies patient information accurately using the requisition form and specimen container23. Accessions specimens promptly and accurately into the computer system following LIS procedures24. Labels cassettes and slides accurately and writing is legible25. Able to prepare materials for conferences and projects as needed by utilizing Microsoft Office products, photomicrographs & digital imaging26. Demonstrates the ability to communicate with staff, patients, parents and clients27. Demonstrates the ability to present information in a clear, concise effective manner either oral or written28. Ability to facilitate activities as required29. Maintains and fosters interpersonal relationships with both internal and external customers30. Ability to adapt and change manner of communication style to various cultural differences31. Believes in and practices good teamwork32. Demonstrates the ability to provide feedback that is useful and assists in individual improvement33. Supervision and training of dieners in relation to techniques, safety policies, and updates34. Informs laboratory personnel of pertinent changes in laboratory procedures35. When assisting an individual provides feedback in a courteous manner that is useful and will assist individual development36. Demonstrates the ability to make determinations regarding a course of action and alternatives37. Recognizes and resolves problems in a timely manner, seeks out additional resources as needed, with minimal interruption to the user38. Demonstrate the ability to adjust to change, handle interruptions, and continue to function effectively with changing circumstances39. Can identify and correct problems with autopsy permits and documents40. Procurement and coordination of patient?s chart and other pertinent clinical data for pathologist?s review for autopsy cases41. Obtain and summarize clinical history and organize results of special studies for surgical, autopsy and perinatal specimens42. Monitor the progress of special studies within CHI and outside the institution, investigate when necessary43. Demonstrates the ability to plan and develop new procedures or policies and demonstrates initiative to complete assignment44. Prioritizes and adjusts work schedule in order to accommodate projects and users requests as determined by the Chief of AP, Surgical Pathologist or AP Manager45. Demonstrates the ability to monitor and stage the progress of a project and provide feedback to AP manager of Chief of AP46. Demonstrates ability to set long and short term goals and deadlines when implementing a project, and to define objectives necessary to meet those goals47. Demonstrates ability to work with and coordinate the activities of other personnel involved with the project48. Takes personal initiative to refine procedures, investigate and suggest new procedures, troubleshoot, modify workflow when particularly busy, and discuss potential problems
KNOWLEDGE , SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
1.Ph.D. or Masters degree in biological or allied health sciences with three years anatomical experience; OR Bachelors degree in biological or allied health sciences with five years anatomical experience. Advanced degrees preferred.2.Must be eligible for certification with the American Association of Pathologists? Assistants for on the job trained candidates (or working toward eligibility within the minimum OJT period required for certification).3.Effective interpersonal skills are required in interactions with departmental staff, medical and nursing staff, all levels of hospital staff, outside vendors and instrument field engineers.4.High degree of motor control and good hand/eye coordination working with specimens.5.Ability to work independently under minimal supervision; 6.Ability to teach and supervise the work of others.7.Ability to maintain confidentiality of information.8.Aptitude for detail.
MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to stand for more than 1 hour at a time, sit for more than 1 hour at a time. Good visual and auditory acuity. Full use of hands and arms. Ability to speak clearly. Ability to lift up to 30 pounds occasionally.?Occasionally must be able to lift five gallon reagent containers onto counters; assisted lifting of larger patients for autopsy procedure.?High risk of exposure to infectious disease cases and exposure to hazardous chemicals and noxious odors.?Must be able to tolerate the required personal protective equipment.?Must be able to tolerate the emotional demands of working with deceased children.