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What are the top 3 traits or skills every pathology assistant must have to excel?

Can you suggest any tips or insights to develop your pathology assistant expertise?

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Caitlin, info from LifeWorks in Granby, Connecticut

81 months ago

Realistic: Involves working on practical, hands-on problems and solutions, often with real-world materials, tools, and machinery.
Work Values
Moral Values: Never pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Security: Have steady employment.
Ability Utilization: Make use of individual abilities.
Activity: Busy all the time.
Skills:
Critical Thinking: Use logic and analysis to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches.
Instructing Teach others how to do something.
Active Listening: Listen to what other people are saying and ask questions as appropriate.
Time Management: Manage one's own time and the time of others.
Equipment Maintenance: Perform routine maintenance and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Reading Comprehension: Understand written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
Speaking: Talk to others to effectively convey information.
Science: Use scientific methods to solve problems.
Abilities
Visual Color Discrimination: The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Arm-Hand Steadiness: Able to keep the hand and arm steady while making an arm movement or while holding the arm and hand in one position.
Deductive Reasoning: Able to apply general rules to specific problems to come up with logical answers, including deciding whether an answer makes sense.
Problem Sensitivity: Able to tell when something is wrong or likely to go wrong. This doesn't involve solving the problem, just recognizing that there is a problem.
Written Comprehension: Able to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Near Vision: Able to see details of objects at a close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Information Ordering: Able to correctly follow rules for arranging things or actions in a certain order, including numbers, words, pictures, procedures, and logical operatio

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Caitlin in Granby, Connecticut

81 months ago

The link to Lifeworks....

science.education.nih.gov/LifeWorks.nsf/Alphabetical+List/Pathologists'+Assistant?OpenDocument&ShowTab=4&

I hope this is helpful. I'm not even in PA school yet, so I don't know how true these statements are, but they seemed logical.

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Andrey in Vancouver, British Columbia

30 months ago

This answer is good for everything :) For example: What are the skills every spy must have to excel?

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Michael in Brunswick, Georgia

30 months ago

Host said: What are the top 3 traits or skills every pathology assistant must have to excel?

Can you suggest any tips or insights to develop your pathology assistant expertise?

Learn to be a baby sitter---because you will deal with a lot of children in big boy pants

Learn to deal with stupid--- because you really do not want to know how bad it really is

Learn to be a firefighter--- because you will be putting out small fires every day and on occation, have some major eruptions.

Last- Stay in the game, keep your head and push through any obsticle in your way.

I have done this job (PA) for 25 years, master the above and you will do fine.

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