The Pathologist Assistant will provide anatomic pathology services under the clinical direction and supervision of a pathologist. Responsibilities will primarily include gross examination of surgical pathology specimens, performance of autopsies and special procedures including tumor triage.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Essential Job Functions
• Supports and models behaviors consistent with the mission and philosophy of Billings Clinic and department/service.
• Preparation of gross description and dissection of human tissue surgical specimens including: (Patient Care, Pathology, Grossing)
Assuring appropriate specimen accessioning
Obtaining clinical history, including scans, x-rays, laboratory data, etc.
Describing gross anatomic features, dissecting surgical specimens, and preparing tissues for histologic processing
Obtaining biological specimens such as blood, tissue and toxicological material for studies such as flow cytometry, image analysis, immunohistochemistry, etc., and performing special procedures including digital imaging and tumor triage.
Photographing all pertinent gross specimens and microscopic slides
Performing duties relating to the administration and maintenance of surgical pathology protocols, reports and data, including the filing of reports, protocols, photographic and microscopic slides, assuring the completion of specimen coding and billing
Assuring proper maintenance of equipment, provision of adequate supplies, and cleanliness of the surgical pathology suite
• Selecting, preparing and submitting appropriate gross tissue sections for frozen section analysis as well as light and immunofluorescent microscopy (Patient Care, Pathology, Gross Tissue Selection)
• Performing duties related to the administrative maintenance of anatomic pathology protocols, photographic and microscopic slides, and assuring the completion of coding. (Patient Care Pathology, Pathology Procedures)
• Assisting in the organization and coordination of anatomic pathology conferences. (Patient Care, Pathology, Pathology Conferences)
• Preparation of human postmortem examinations including: (Patient Care, Pathology, Postmortem Exam)
Ascertaining proper legal authorization for autopsy
Retrieving the patient's medical record and other pertinent data for review with the attending pathologist(s)
Conferring with the attending pathologist(s) to identify any special techniques and procedures to be utilized in the completion of the postmortem examination, (i.e., cultures, smears, histochemical, immunofluorescence, toxicological, viral, or electron microscopy studies, etc.), and notifying all personnel directly involved
Notifying the physician in charge, the funeral home, and all other appropriate authorities prior to the beginning of the autopsy, and coordinating any requests for special specimen sampling (i.e., organ transplantation, research, etc.)
Performing postmortem examinations which may include external examination, in situ organ inspection, evisceration, dissection and dictation or recording of data such as organ weights, presence of body fluids etc. and gross anatomic findings
Obtaining biological specimens such as blood tissue and toxicological material for studies including flow cytometry, image analysis, immunohistochemistry etc., and performing special procedures such as coronary artery perfusion, central nervous system perfusion, enucleation, inner ear bone dissection, spinal cord removal, etc.
Photographing the body, organs, microscopic slides and other pertinent materials
Gathering and organizing clinical information and data pertinent to the preparation of the preliminary summarization of the clinical history
Preparing the body for release (including the presence of biohazards such as contagious disease, radiation implants, etc.), and releasing the body to the appropriate mortuary or funeral home representative
• Orients and trains other laboratory technicians in the preparation and analysis of specimens and may direct their work as it relates to these activities. (Education, Staff, Orientation & Training)
• May participate in general administration activities within the laboratory to include development of protocols, policies/procedures and providing input into the annual budgeting process. (Leadership, Dept Planning, Assists with Dept Planning)
• Identifies needs and sets goals for own growth and development; meets all mandatory organizational and departmental requirements.
• Maintains competency in all organizational, departmental and outside agency environmental, employee or patient safety standards relevant to job performance.
• Performs other duties as assigned or needed to meet the needs of the department/organization.
Essential Functions Disclaimer
Supports and models behaviors consistent with Billings Clinic's mission, vision, values, code of business conduct and service expectations. Meets all mandatory organizational and departmental requirements. Maintains competency in all organizational, departmental and outside agency standards as it relates to the environment, employee, patient safety or job performance.
Performs all other duties as assigned or as needed to meet the needs of the department/organization.
Minimum 4 Year / Bachelors Degree Bachelors degree from an accredited Pathologist Assistant program
At hire ASCP Certification to be obtained within 90 days of hire
Other Minimum Qualifications
• Prior experience as a Pathologist Assistant preferred
• Or an equivalent combination of education and experience relating to the above tasks, knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered
Or an equivalent combination of education and experience relating to the above tasks, knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered
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