Pathologists' Assistant

Location: MA - Boston
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Job ID: 9222

Pathologists' AssistantPer Diem/ Flexible Part-timeLocation: Boston Teaching Hospital Per Diem or Part-Time Pathologists' Assistants are needed for planned and unplanned coverage.At the direction and under the supervision of a Pathologist, a Pathologists' Assistant may perform the following tasks and assume the responsibility for duties including the following: Preparation, gross description and dissection of human tissue surgical specimens. Assuring appropriate specimen accessioning. Obtaining clinical history, including scans, x-rays, laboratory data, etc. Describing gross anatomic features, dissecting surgical specimens, and preparing tissues for histologic processing. Obtaining biological specimens such as blood, tissue and toxicological material for studies such as flow cytometry, image analysis, immunohistochemistry etc., and performing special procedures. Photographing all pertinent gross specimens and microscopic slides. Performing duties relating to the administrative maintenance of surgical pathology protocols, reports and data, including the filing of reports, protocols, photographic and microscopic slides; assuring the completion of specimen coding; billing code entry. Assuring proper maintenance of equipment, provision of adequate supplies, and cleanliness of the surgical pathology suite. Assisting in the organization and coordination of anatomic pathology conferences. Preparation of human postmortem examinations . Ascertaining proper legal authorization for autopsy. Retrieving the patient's medical chart and other pertinent data for review with the attending pathologist(s). Conferring with the attending pathologist (s) to identify any special techniques and procedures to be utilized in the completion of the postmortem examination, (e.g. cultures; smears; histochemical, immunofluorescence, toxicological, viral or electron microscopy studies etc.), and notifying all personnel directly involved. Notifying the physician in charge, the funeral home, and all other appropriate authorities prior to the beginning of the autopsy; and coordinating any requests for special specimen sampling (e.g. organ transplantation, research, etc.);
Performing postmortem examinations which may include: external examination; in situ organ inspection; evisceration; dissection and dictation or recording of data such as organ weights, presence of body fluids etc., and gross anatomic findings. Selecting, preparing and submitting appropriate gross tissue sections for frozen section analysis as well as for light, electron and immunofluorescent microscopy. Obtaining biological specimens such as blood, tissue and toxicological material for studies including flow cytometry, image analysis, immunohistochemistry etc.; and performing special procedures such as coronary artery perfusion, central nervous system perfusion, enucleation, inner ear bone dissection spinal cord removal, etc. Photographing the body, organs, microscopic slides and other pertinent materials. Gathering and organizing clinical information and data pertinent to the preparation of the preliminary summarization of the clinical history. Preparing the body for release (including indicating the presence of biohazards such as contagious disease, radiation implants, etc.), and releasing the body to the appropriate mortuary or funeral home representative. Performing duties related to administrative maintenance of anatomic pathology protocols; photographic and microscopic slides; and assuring the completion of coding. Assisting in the organization and coordination of anatomic pathology conferences. Assuring the proper maintenance of equipment, the provision of adequate supplies, and the cleanliness of the autopsy suite.QUALIFICATIONS: Must have understanding of human Anatomy and Physiology acquired through college baccalaureate degree. Master of Health Science Pathologists' Assistant preferred. 1+ year of experience, skills required to operate dictation systems, laboratory balances, band saw (Stryker), fixed bone saw (Isomet) and cryostats. ASCP certification preferred. All of those qualified and interested can contact John Baumann at 978-941-4206, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. communication will be held in strictest confidence

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