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Senior Pathologists' Assistant


UPMC is hiring a Senior Pathologists' Assistant that will rotate between the Pathology departments at UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Shadyside, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC! This role offers exposure to a wide variety of different and complex specimens, so if you're looking to join a team that is on the cutting edge of medicine, we want to hear from you! 
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Under the general direction of the Manager or Supervisor and the applicable Medical Director, oversees and also performs the activities of the pathology assistants in the evaluation, examination, description, dissection, and sectioning of the gross tissue in both surgical and autopsy pathology for the microscopic evaluation and review by the pathologists. Serves as an assistant to Pathology Fellows and Residents in their training in gross surgical and autopsy pathology, and are accountable to the Pathologists on medical issues. Performs various auxiliary functions such as photography and specimen radiology, and performs various training, supervisory and administrative functions.

  • Perform the proper operation, repair and replacement, and preventative maintenance of area equipment and tools.
  • Maintains record logs for the equipment.
  • Assist Manager or Supervisor with administrative functions as they relate to the Pathologists' Assistant portion of the department including assisting with the development of quality assurance monitors, quality control monitors, data gathering and preparations of QA report, input for performance reviews, budget preparation, and monitoring, regulatory compliance and continuing education and training.
  • Oversee the proper handling, storage, and disposition of all surgical and autopsy tissue while adhering to the regulatory and compliance standards regarding biohazard and safety.
  • Ensure that tests are prepared properly at all stages from specimen collection through results reporting and perform additional special handling of the specimens if necessary or requested (i.e. radiography, photography, special fixation, cultures, and tissue procurement).
  • Competent at operating the Laboratory Information System and Medical Archival Retrieval System relative to the functions of the pathology assistants team.
  • Perform special projects such as research protocols when required.
  • Perform duties according to the policies and procedures of the Pathology Department and Hospital including compliance and confidentiality.
  • Remain abreast of policies, regulations, guidelines, techniques, procedures, and methodologies in anatomic and autopsy pathology.
  • Provide independent technical leadership, consulting with the Manager or Supervisor on unusual and complex cases, such as oncology cases where the tumor has spread into other organs, cancers that extend into surrounding structures, autopsies on complicated cases, and initial intraoperative examination and tissue banking for uncommon specimens of interest to research such as wide section melanomas and thoracic biopsies.
  • Provides ongoing training and orientation to the pathology assistant team members.
  • Examine and prepare surgical pathology cases for microscopic evaluation by providing gross description, dissection, and sections of each case as defined by the Surgical Pathology Manual while maintaining accurate records of all activities.
  • Adhere to all safety standards, policies, and procedures related to the handling and disposal of specimens.
  • Comply with standard precaution procedures.
  • Participate in and performs frozen sections, intraoperative consultations, autopsies, and prenatal procedures.
  • File and retrieve surgical and autopsy materials and maintains accurate records of all such activities.
  • Continually provides and participates in on-the-job training conferences, seminars, and continuing education to ensure competence and awareness of the most recent technology and advances in the field.
  • Participate in competency evaluation of pathologist's assistant team members for skill and task assessment.


  • Graduate of a NAACLS accredited Master's degree pathologist's assistant training program OR;
  • Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences or Medical Technology or a related field and 5 years of clinical experience in Anatomic or Clinical Pathology is required.
  • Analytical and technical ability necessary to independently evaluate patient specimens and clinical data to appropriate sample tissue relevant to diagnostic evaluation and recognize organ and tissue anomalies.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills necessary to orient and train staff as well as provide educational experiences to team members, fellows, residents, and students.
  • All procedures or job-related tasks involve an inherent potential for mucous membrane or skin contact with blood, body fluids, or tissues.
  • A potential for spills or splashes of biohazard substances does exist.
  • Exposure to normal laboratory lights and noises and occasional exposure to toxic and carcinogenic chemicals.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
  • ASCP certification required within 1 year of hire.
  • Act 34
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