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Pathologist Assistant

  • Requisition no: 519864
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Medical Center
  • School/Department: Pathology and Cell Biology
  • Grade: Grade 104
  • Categories: Health/Clinical, Research (Lab and Non-Lab)
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours Per Week: 35

Position Summary

  • Surgical Pathology - Assisting in the preparation and performance of surgical specimen dissection by ensuring appropriate specimen accessioning: obtaining pertinent clinical information and studies; describing gross anatomic features; dissecting surgical specimens; preparing and submitting tissue for histologic processing; obtaining specimens for additional analytic procedures (flow cytometry, IF, EM, etc.) and assisting in photographing gross specimens.
  • Autopsy Pathology - Assisting in the performance of post-mortem examination by ascertaining proper legal authorization; obtaining the pertinent clinical data and studies; notifying involved personnel of all special procedures and techniques required; coordinating special requests for specimens notifying involved clinicians and appropriate authorities; assisting in the port-mortem examination; obtaining and submitting tissue for additional analytic procedures and assisting in photographing gross specimens, assist and organize teaching materials.
  • Responsible for assisting Pathology residents on training Pathology support staff in the proper techniques of post-mortem examinations in accordance with established policies and procedures.  Responsible for maintaining the autopsy suite, acquiring necessary supplies, and cleaning and disinfection o autopsy equipment as necessary.
  • Will apply and enforce policies and procedures in accordance with all internal and external regulate requirements.  Will be expected to be available by pager for telephone consultation during laboratory off-hours.  Will be expected to be available by pager for telephone consultation during laboratory off-hours. Will be expected to provide coverage on off-hours (night and weekends).  Will perform other related duties necessary for the laboratory.


  • 60% - Physical examination and description, evisceration, dissection, and submission of tissue sections for microscopic examination 
  • 20% - Assisting and training Pathology support staff and rotating medical students in the proper techniques for post-mortem examinations and surgical specimens in accordance with established policies and procedures
  • 15% - Establishing, applying, and enforcing policies and procedures in accordance with all institutional and laboratory regulatory agencies.
  • 5% - Other duties necessary for the operation of the laboratory.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus 3 years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with Copath or a similar laboratory computer system is preferred
  • Graduate from an accredited Pathologist's Assistant training program or a Fellow of the American Association of Pathologists' Assistant (AAPA) preferred.

Other Requirements

  • Must be physically able to perform autopsies
  • Must exercise independent judgement with respect to evaluation fixation, freezing, and preparation of specimens for light microscopic evaluation and other special studies.
  • Must demonstrate excellent communication, interpersonal and writing skills
  • Pathologist Assistant License or must be New York State license eligible.
  • Must successfully complete systems training requirements.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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