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Lead Pathologists' Assistant, UPMC Memorial

  • Job ID: 134548403
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: UPMC Pinnacle Memorial
  • Department: Laboratory Admin
  • Location: 1701 Innovation Drive, York PA 17404
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $32.33 to $50.10 / hour

Description

Purpose:
Under the general direction of the supervisor/manager and medical director, provides technical support and onsite operational leadership for the gross lab. Provides exceptional service to patients and clinicians.

Responsibilities:

 

  • Participate in and performs frozen sections, intraoperative consultations, autopsies and perinatal procedures. File and retrieve surgical and autopsy materials and maintain accurate records of all such activities.
  • Continually provide and participated in the on the job training conferences, seminars and continuing education to ensure competence and awareness of most recent technology and advances in the field. Participate in competency evaluation of pathologists' assistant team members for skill and task assessment.
  • Provide input into the performance evaluations of staff members.
  • Define issues and problems in operations, identify solutions, and justify recommended solutions.
  • 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.
  • Adhere to all safety standards, policies and procedures related to the handling and disposal of specimens. Complies with standard precaution procedures.
  • Perform the proper operation, repair and replacement and preventative maintenance of area equipment and tools. Maintain record logs for the equipment.
  • 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.
  • Assures staff compliance with test procedures and quality protocols.
  • Assist manager or Supervisor with administrative functions as they related to the Pathologists' Assistant portion of the department including assisting with 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.
  • Participate in QA activities and identify issues that require focused QI team initiatives.
  • Assist with preparation of work schedules and definition of rotational responsibilities of staff.
  • Maintain and update grossing guideline procedure manuals.
  • Oversee the proper handling, storage and disposition of all surgical and autopsy tissues while adhering to the regulatory and compliance standards regarding biohazard and safety.
  • Perform special projects such as research protocols when requested.
  • Competent at operating the Laboratory Information System and Medical Archival Retrieval System relating to the functions of the pathology team.
  • Ensure that tests are prepared properly at all stages from specimen collection through results reporting, and performs additional special handling of the specimens if necessary or requested (i.e. radiography, photography, special fixation, cultures and tissue procurement).
  • 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.

 

Qualifications

  • Graduate of a NAACLS accredited, Master's degree pathologists' assistant training program or Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences or Medical Technology or a related field and successful completion of an AAPA approved program is required.
  • Knowledge of specimens, autopsy procedures and general methodology normally gained through at least 2 years of experience as a Sr. Pathologists Assistant.
  • Analytical and organizational ability necessary to identify technical resources and provide effective administrative and personnel management in assigned area.
  • Interpersonal ability necessary to deal effectively with all levels of hospital staff and physicians and to supervise assigned personnel.
  • Oral and written skills sufficient to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Computer aptitude necessary to effectively utilize laboratory computer systems.
  • All procedures or job related tasks involve inherent potential for mucous membrane or spills 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:
Clearances must be dated within 90 days.
 

  • American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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