Pathologists' Assistant/40 Hours/ Day/ BWH- Path

Boston, MA | Pathology


GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT: Summarize the nature and level of work performed

Acting quite independently under the supervision of the Technical Supervisor, Surgical Pathology, performs a wide variety of tasks in processing of the full range of human surgical pathology specimens. This includes gross description and dissection, submitting appropriate diagnostic sections, and when necessary review of the case at sign-out with a pathologist. Provides instruction to resident trainees and Pathologists' Assistant student interns on gross anatomy, appropriate specimen orientation, tissue selection, cryotomy, and staining for stat intraoperative diagnosis by the pathologist. Performs a wide variety of prosecting and reporting responsibilities in the autopsy suite, when required.. Performs other technical and ad hoc administrative tasks in laboratory.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Indicate key areas of responsibility, major job duties, special projects and key objectives for this position. These items should be evaluated throughout the year and included in the written annual evaluation.

1. Gross description and dissection of a full range of surgical pathology specimens. Correct and finalize gross description section of surgical pathology report following transcription. As required, review gross description and case materials with medical staff at sign-out.

2. Formal instruction for pathology residents in surgical pathology technique. Orient and train medical residents, medical students, Pathologists' Assistant students, and less advanced technicians in Pathology Gross Room procedures.

3. Demonstrates astute clinical judgment when handling patient material and reports.

4. Maintains diagnostic viability of specimens. Ensures correct patient labeling of all materials received. Ensures that requests for service by clinicians meets regulatory standards set by JCAHO and other agencies.

5. Photograph and x-ray specimens as needed for diagnostic study, research and clinical studies.

6. Prepares frozen sections.

7. Appropriately triages tissue for different types of fixation or special studies.

8. Performs post-mortem examinations including prosection of organ block and sampling tissue for histologic sections. Dictates data as necessary for autopsy report. Correct and finalize gross description section of autopsy report following transcription. As necessary, review gross description and case materials with senior staff at sign-out.

9. Obtain biological specimens for further analysis at autopsy.

10. Perform special procedures such as coronary and pulmonary artery angiography.

11. Ensures that documents for autopsy are properly completed in accordance with hospital policy and state law.

12. 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.

13. Assist pathology staff in preparation of case materials or photographic material for research, conferences or special studies.

14. Enter data of patient medical record information into computer, assign surgical pathology accession numbers, edit and confirm patient charge information, using laboratory information system

15. 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.

16. Load and activate program of tissue processors, as needed.

17. As necessary, on a rotating basis, provides Saturday coverage for grossing surgical specimens.

18. As necessary, provides coverage for Tissue Bank Pathologists' Assistant.

19. Active participation in resident teaching conferences.

20. As necessary in the frozen section lab, with the resident or staff pathologist, select tissue from surgical specimens, section in a cryostat and stain these sections for review and stat intraoperative diagnosis by the pathologist

21. Assist in keeping work area clean, organized, and in compliance with all safety regulations.

22. Maintains established department policies, procedures and objectives, including quality assurance, safety, environmental and infection control.

23. Follows all Joint Commission Patient Safety Goals and related BWH Laboratory and Hospital Policies.

24. Perform all other duties and responsibilities as directed.

QUALIFICATIONS: (MUST be realistic, neither overstated nor understated, and related to the essential functions of the job.)

Master's Degree from NAACLS accredited and AAPA approved Pathologists' Assistant Training Program required prior to date of hire.

PA(ASCP) certification required. Recent graduates must obtain PA(ASCP) certification within 1 calendar year from date of training program completion.

Two or more years of experience highly desired with preference in academic setting.

SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED: (MUST be realistic, neither overstated nor understated, and related to the essential functions of the job.)

Extensive knowledge of the basic sciences, especially anatomy.

Extensive knowledge of surgical pathology and autopsy techniques.

Ability to summarize complex clinical data.

Extensive comprehension of medical terminology.

Good working knowledge of histologic procedures.

Desire to train pathology residents, Patholgists' Assistant students, medical students, and incoming Pathologists' Assistants

Must possess excellent dissection technical skills.

Ability to perform frozen sections.

Ability to function independently.

Familiarity with basic computer programs for data entry, 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.


Master's Degree from NAACLS accredited and AAPA approved Pathologists' Assistant Training Program required prior to date of hire.

PA(ASCP) certification required. Recent graduates must obtain PA(ASCP) certification within 1 calendar year from date of training program completion.

Two or more years of experience highly desired with preference in academic setting.

It is the policy of North Shore Medical Center and North Shore Physicians Group to affirmatively implement equal opportunity to all qualified candidates and existing employees without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, disability, Veterans of the Vietnam Era status; or any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable ordinance or law. All aspects of employment including recruitment, selection, hiring, training, transfer, promotion, termination, compensation and benefits.

Why North Shore Physicians Group?

You’ll practice at the leading edge of patient-focused medicine in one of New England’s most scenic and historic locations. And you’ll make a difference every single day. Make your move to NSPG. We’re one team, with one focus. Join us.

With NSPG you’ll experience:

Excellent quality of life

The North Shore area offers:

  • Communities with varied and rich histories and convenient access to museums, art, restaurants and shops.
  • Natural beauty, handsome architecture and vivid history — only 15 miles north of Boston.
  • 30 miles of gorgeous rocky coastline with breathtaking beaches and harbors.
  • World-class sailing and close proximity to the mountains and picturesque New England.
  • Easy access to a multitude of universities, colleges, and public and private schools.

Clinical excellence

  • Our practices are certified Level 3 NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Homes.
  • For the fifth year in a row, North Shore Medical Center has been ranked a top regional hospital in Boston and Massachusetts by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Our affiliate, Massachusetts General Hospital, is one of U.S. News & World Report’s top three Honor Roll hospitals in America.
  • NSPG and NSMC use the Epic EMR that integrates patient care through the Partners HealthCare System, including Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Career advancement

  • Grow, learn and develop new practice innovations.
  • Continue your medical education.
  • Make academic connections and explore teaching opportunities.
  • Explore leadership opportunities.
  • Develop clinical and administrative career ladders.

A supportive practice environment

  • Collaborative professionals.
  • Patient-centered care model.
  • Leadership that listens and values your contributions and ideas.
  • Autonomy and respect for your skills and expertise.
  • Excellent salary and benefits.


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