Nationwide Children's Hospital

  • Pathologist Assistant-Anatomic Pathology

    Posted Date 1 month ago(9/5/2018 12:19 PM)
    Requisition ID
    Allied Health
  • Overview

    Full-time, day shift. Rotating weekends/holidays/call. Location: Anatomic Pathology


    The moment you walk through our doors, you can feel it. When you meet one of our patient families, you believe it. And when you talk with anyone who works here, you want to be part of it, too. Welcome to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where Passion Meets Purpose.

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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 specimens

    4. Ability to perform photography of body, organs, and pertinent items

    5. Select appropriate tissues for cultures, microscopic exams and special studies

    6. Autopsy prosection including external exam, in situ organ inspection, evisceration, organ dissection and dictation of the gross findings

    7. Assure proper restoration of the body for acceptable release to the funeral director

    8. Optional: Performs specialized technical services electron microscopy or other.

    9. Maintains 35 mm slide archive

    10. Performs other duties as assigned

    11. Demonstrates knowledge of and upholds applicable laws and regulations related to position

    12. Wears / uses personal protective equipment as appropriate for the work area or task performed

    13. 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 appropriate

    15. 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 manuals

    17. Attends continuing education programs and meets the department requirements of 4 hours of CE per year

    18. Able to review, write procedures and policies and prepare quality assurance reports according to regulatory agency standards

    19. Obtains proper authorization for autopsy procedures

    20. Assures proper maintenance and restoration of the autopsy suite

    21. Demonstrates clerical accuracy and computer skills required in the laboratory and for administrative responsibilites

    22. Verifies patient information accurately using the requisition form and specimen container

    23. Accessions specimens promptly and accurately into the computer system following LIS procedures

    24. Labels cassettes and slides accurately and writing is legible

    25. Able to prepare materials for conferences and projects as needed by utilizing Microsoft Office products, photomicrographs & digital imaging

    26. Demonstrates the ability to communicate with staff, patients, parents and clients. Demonstrates the ability to present information in a clear, concise effective manner either oral or written. Maintains and fosters interpersonal relationships with both internal and external customers. Ability to adapt and change manner of communication style to various cultural differences. Believes in and practices good teamwork32. Demonstrates the ability to provide feedback that is useful and assists in individual improvement.



    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.


    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.


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