Previous Hospital Experience Required
Assist in the preparation and performance of gross examination of surgical specimens
using section guidelines tissues dissection, and voice recognition system for dictation as available.
See below. Performs other duties as assigned.
Under the supervision of a pathologist, a Pathologists’ Assistant may perform the following tasks or assume the following:
I. Assist in the preparation and performance of gross examination of surgical
specimens to include the following:
A. Assure appropriate specimen accessioning and numbering of Surgical specimens.
B. Obtain from clinical records case history, laboratory data, copies of scans and X-rays, when indicated.
C. Under the supervision of a pathologist, describe gross anatomic features, dissect surgical specimens, and prepare tissue sections for microscopic examination to include preparation of frozen section and permanent sections for light microscopy, included picture taking as needed (requested).
D. Assist in coding gross specimens during gross description.
E. Assist in the organization and coordination of the anatomic pathology grossing for all specimens for both grossing tables.
F. Be able to update and use Voice brook templates as needed, making sure that back-up dictation system (Dictaphone) also have the same templates.
G. Assist the pathologist in the preparation, staining and cover slipping of the sample selected for frozen section.
H. Coordinates with the Histology staff loading tissue cassettes in Tissue processor.
I. Demonstrate safe use of the grossing table, handsaw, and cryostat.
J. Updates Gross Room procedure Manual to comply with regulatory agencies.
K. Performs each task at the expected level of service, technical, quality and/or clinical competences meeting section needs. Abides by all WPHC policies/procedures and regulatory agencies guidelines.
L. Accurately enters required information on the LIS, chooses appropriate samples for decalcification and submits adequately decalcified tissue to histology.
M. Demonstrate respect for patients, families, WPHC, colleagues and all external partners.
N. Demonstrate high ethical standards. Honest, reliable and sincere relative to job.
O. Maintain an open line of communication with all pathologists and histology laboratory staff.
P. Print and download additional cassettes as needed using cassette label set-up.
Q. Follows Universal Precautions.
II. Assist in the preparation and performance of post mortem examination as needed.
Education, Training, Licensure and Experience Requirements
B.S. degree in Biology with certification of Pathologists’ Assistant Program or equivalent, minimum of 2 years hospital experience. ASCP Certification eligible and/or current NYS License required.
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