Senior Pathologists' Assistant

Location: MA - Boston
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Job ID: 9680


Sr. Pathologists' Assistant â 2 openings
1) Genitourinary Pathology, Frozen Section, Center for Cancer Genomics (CCG)
2) Neuropathology/Hematopathology
Location: world-renowned Boston Teaching Hospital
Qualifications for both positions: Must possess a master's degree from a NAACLS accredited and AAPA approved Pathologists' Assistant Training Program. ASCP certification as Pathologists' Assistant required. Prior experience with collating laboratory data and molecular diagnostics preferred or background in genomics or relevant field preferred. 2+ years of experience highly desired with preference for prior work experience in an academic setting. Extensive knowledge of the basic laboratory sciences. Extensive knowledge of laboratory testing, especially cancer diagnostics, genomics, IHC, etc. Ability to summarize complex clinical and laboratory data. Ability to train pathology residents and fellows and provide instruction to medical students. Ability to function independently. Familiarity with basic computer programs for data entry and analysis, searching for clinical information, case identification and retrieval. Strong interpersonal skills and judgment to permit interactions with pathologists, residents, other physicians, technicians, secretaries, and other administrative staff. Must possess strong organizational skills. Must be able to perform as a senior team member, providing direction and guidance to pathology residents and fellows, medical students, and medical technologists.
SR. PATHOLOGISTS' ASSISTANT â NEUROPATHOLOGY/HEMATOPATHOLOGY
This senior PA position will be under the direct supervision of the Neuropathology and Hematopathology Chiefs and attending pathologists to support these specialty services and the precision medicine program in cancer and other diseases.
Fellowship Support: Collation/integration of draft elements (e.g. flow cytometry, rapid heme panel) of reports, including review of clinical and prior laboratory findings, and review of cases at sign-out with the attending pathologist. Formal instruction and guidance of pathology residents and fellows in the handling of tissue and collation of data. Communication with outside hospitals and providers for second opinion cases to facilitate acquisition of materials or clinical history and once final results are completed, communicates results with outside referring providers and centers when required. Aids and supports attendings and trainees in frozen section preparation, reporting, and allocation of tissues for appropriate testing. This duty will require being on pager call during regular work hours. Provides subspecialty support for autopsy cases as needed including allocation of samples for special studies and research in support role to attendings on service. Also participates in teaching trainees in autopsy procedures and analysis. Demonstrates astute judgment when handling patient material and reports. Troubleshoot problems that arise dealing with mislabeling or other problems with specimens, working with technical and medical staff and other departmental personnel as necessary, as well as other clinical staff in the hospital. Participates in QA/QI projects, including development, evaluation, and implementation of new tests and analysis and implementation of tests, in collaboration with technical and medical staff, and supports initiatives within the Neuropathology and Hematopathology Laboratories. Aids laboratory technicians and administrative assistants, as needed, on clinical and technical problems and interpretation of results.
Quality Assurance: Assist senior staff by assuring consistent and proper performance of laboratory testing for departmental or inter- departmental purposes such as clinical studies, teaching, and research. Assist clinical staff in preparation of case materials for research, clinical trials, conferences, special studies, and clinical studies, including photomicroscopy. Communicates effectively with clinical technologists, residents, fellows, and attending physicians. Active participation in resident teaching conferences, tumor board and integrative diagnostic boards for the services. Participates in internal and external continuing education programs and helps to manage the certification of these programs. Maintains established department policies, procedures and objectives, including quality assurance, safety, environmental and infection control. Follows all JCAHO Patient Safety Goals and related Laboratory and Hospital Policies.
General Pathologists' Assistant Duties: As needed, performs all duties of Pathologists' Assistant including but not limited to:
1) Gross description and dissection of a full range of surgical pathology specimens.
2) Provide instruction to resident trainees on gross anatomy, appropriate specimen orientation, tissue selection, cryotomy, and staining for stat intraoperative diagnosis by the pathologist.
3) Demonstrates astute judgment when handling patient material and reports.
4) Assist senior staff by assuring consistent and proper acquisition of tissue from specimens for departmental or inter- departmental purposes such as clinical studies, teaching, and research.
5) Troubleshoot problems that arise dealing with mislabeling of specimens, specimens missing in processing, etc., working with senior staff and other departmental personnel as necessary, as well as other clinical staff in the hospital.
6) Active development of and participation in resident teaching conferences and activities. As necessary in the frozen section lab, select tissue from surgical specimens, section in a cryostat and stain these sections for review and stat intraoperative diagnosis by the pathologist.
SR. PATHOLOGISTS' ASSISTANT â GENITOURINARY PATHOLOGY, FROZEN SECTION,CENTER FOR CANCER GENOMICS (CCG)
In the Department of Pathology, this Senior Pathologists' Assistant functions to support the Department of Pathology Genitourinary Division, Frozen Section Laboratory and the Center for Cancer Genomics (CCG). This position will require a skilled, independent professional acting under the supervision of the Genitourinary (GU) Pathology Service Chief and Technical Supervisor Frozen Section to perform a wide variety of high complexity tasks in processing of the full range of human surgical pathology specimens.
GU Pathology Support: Will act as an integral part of the GU pathology team. Collation/integration of draft elements (e.g. laboratory values, cystoscopy reports, imaging) of reports, including review of clinical and prior laboratory findings and review of cases at sign-out with the attending pathologist and/or the GU pathology team (includes attendings, fellows, and residents). Assistance with special study orders, tissue (block) ordering, slide retrieval. Formal instruction and guidance (education) of pathology residents and fellows in the handling of tissue and collation of data; grossing manual updates. Communication with outside hospitals and providers for second opinion cases to facilitate acquisition of materials or clinical history and once final results are completed, communicates results with outside referring providers and centers when required. Aids and supports attendings and trainees in FSR allocation of tissues for appropriate testing. This duty may require being on pager call during regular work hours. Provides subspecialty support for autopsy cases as needed including allocation of samples for special studies and research in support role to GU attendings on service. Demonstrates astute judgment when handling patient material and reports. Troubleshoot problems that arise dealing with mislabeling or other problems with specimens, working with technical and medical staff and other departmental personnel as necessary, as well as other clinical staff in the hospital. Participates in QA/QI projects, including development, evaluation, and implementation of new tests and analysis and implementation of tests, in collaboration with technical and medical staff. Independently gross GU related tissue specimens based on a previously outlined schedule. Assist and participate in multidisciplinary GU related conferences.
CCG Responsibilities: Act as the CCG operational point person in Pathology, responsible for managing and tracking research resection specimens. Serve as a resource for pathology, tissue, and OR procedure questions; provide knowledge and advice on the best way to meet study requirements. Receive and allocate fresh research resection specimen samples from the Operating Suite to CCG Pathology Technicians for DNA and RNA extraction. Tissue sampling will ultimately be supervised by faculty-level pathologist. Serve as primary liaison between Pathology and CCG to facilitate and coordinate standard operating procedures (SOPs) for approved research allocations and projects, including IRB review, to ensure rapid processing, transfer, and accurate documentation of specimens. Ensure proper handling, labeling, and storage of research specimens to maintain the diagnostic viability of specimens for histological and cytological analyses as well as to optimize molecular testing.
Quality Assurance Assist senior staff by assuring consistent and proper performance of laboratory testing for departmental or inter-departmental purposes such as clinical studies, teaching, and research. Assist clinical staff in preparation of case materials for research, clinical trials, conferences, special studies, and clinical studies, including photo microscopy. Works collaboratively and functions as an effective member of the health care team. Communicates effectively with clinical technologists, residents, fellows, and attending physicians. Active participation in resident teaching conferences, tumor board and integrative diagnostic boards for the services. Participates in internal and external continuing education programs and helps to manage the certification of these programs. Maintains established department policies, procedures and objectives, including quality assurance, safety, environmental and infection control. Follows all JCAHO Patient Safety Goals and related Laboratory and Hospital Policies.
Frozen Section and General Pathologists' Assistant Duties: Performs all duties of Pathologists' Assistant including but not limited to:
1) Gross description and dissection of a full range of surgical pathology specimens, specifically GU surgical pathology specimens and all divisions received for intraoperative consultation.
2) Demonstrates astute clinical judgment when handling patient material and reports.
3) Assist senior staff by assuring consistent and proper acquisition of tissue from specimens for departmental or inter-departmental purposes such as clinical studies, teaching, and research.
4) Troubleshoot problems with mislabeled and/or missing specimens, work with senior staff and other departmental personnel as necessary, as well as other clinical staff in the hospital.
5) As necessary, provides coverage for Senior PA Frozen Section, Tissue Allocations.
6) Active development of and participation in resident teaching conferences and activities.
7) As necessary in the frozen section lab, select tissue from surgical specimens, section in a cryostat and stain these sections for review and stat intraoperative diagnosis by the pathologist. Instruct residents, medical students, and less advanced technicians in the gross description, dissection, sampling of surgical pathology specimens, and specimen cryotomy. Photograph and x-ray all pertinent specimens as directed by a pathologist for diagnostic study as well as for research and clinical studies.
All those interested and qualified 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.
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