This position serves as a professional assistant to the pathologist whose duties include to include grossing of specimens, gross photography, accessioning of surgical specimens, autopsy pathology and supervisory lab management. Instruct residents and medical students in handling gross surgical specimens. Perform frozen sections and all other related duties. Pathologist Assistant (Assistant in Pathology). Bachelors or M.S. degree or its equivalent is required. Must have an active ASCP certification or be eligible to sit for ASCP certification examination. Duties in Surgical/Anatomical Pathology to include grossing of specimens, gross photography, accessioning of surgical specimens, autopsy pathology and supervisory lab management. Instruct residents and medical students in handling gross surgical specimens. Perform frozen sections and all other related duties.
This position must have certification (or eligible for certification exam) with the ASCP which is renewed every 3 years. This Pathologist Assistant will work in a CLIA certified surgical grossing laboratory and will direct and oversee the daily workflow of the staff and housestaff of the laboratory. Proper grossing at UF & Shands, as a tertiary care center, requires proper specimen selection for the various tests being requested and for accurate diagnosis and frozen section performance. These tests include flow cytometry, microbiology, molecular diagnostics, cytogenetics, and frozen sections. Selection is critical to have the proper amount, type, and location. This advanced knowledge and expertise is gained through advanced training and degrees and is confirmed through the rigorous certification exam.
Receive, correlate paperwork with specimens received. Work and communicate with personnel from submitting accounts as well as courier. Resolves discrepancies working with others in order to expedite cases.
Accession surgical pathology specimens accurately.
This position will prepare, dictate the gross description and dissect human tissue from surgical specimen. These duties will include the understanding and inclusion of pertinent clinical history, description of gross anatomic features, preparation of human tissues for histologic processing and photographing all pertinent specimens and slides. Further, as this field progresses, the use of digital microscopy, remote microscopy and other technologies may need to be incorporated in the day-to-day operations.
Perform frozen sections under the direction of pathologist. This will include the freezing of human tissue removed at the time of surgery in preparation of intra-operative examination by a pathologist.
Prepare tissue samples for flow cytometry, immunohistochemical (IHC) stains, genetic testing, microbiology culture, and various other laboratory evaluations.
Instruct residents and medical students in the proper techniques of gross handling of surgical pathology specimens.
Photograph surgical pathology specimens.
Use of a respirator mask for tissue discarding is required.
Minimum Requirements: Master’s degree in a appropriate area of specialization; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and two years of appropriate experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Bachelors or M.S. degree is required along with active ASCP Pathologist’s Assistant certification or eligible to sit for ASCP certification exam.