Job Details

Requisition Number 18-0274
Post Date 5/16/2018
Title Pathology Assistant - Pathology
City Washington
State DC
Department Hospital
Description Position Summary
A pathologists’ assistant provides anatomic pathology services under the direction and supervision of an attending pathologist. A pathologists’ assistant is qualified to perform gross dissection, description, and submission of tissue specimens for surgical pathology examination, preparation of tissue specimens for intraoperative consultation/frozen section examination, and dissection and examination of organs and tissues during autopsy examination.
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Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be assigned.

• Perform gross dissection, description, and submission of tissue specimens for histologic processing and surgical pathology examination
• Provide a detailed and accurate description of tissue specimens using an electronic dictation system
• Perform gross dissection, description, and preparation of tissue specimens for intraoperative consultation/frozen section examination, including preparation of cryostat sections and smears/imprints and staining of slides for microscopic examination
• Preparation and submission of tissue specimens and other biological specimens for special laboratory studies, including flow cytometric and molecular analyses
• Perform dissection and examination of organs and tissues during autopsy examination
• Prepare for autopsy examination by obtaining patients’ medical records and arranging for radiographic examinations
• Perform gross and microscopic photography of specimens
• Participate in the teaching of pathology residents in gross tissue dissection and description techniques, intraoperative consultation/frozen section examination, and autopsy dissection and examination
• Assist in preparation of materials for educational conferences
• Assist with departmental quality assurance/quality improvement activities and compliance with all CLIA, CAP, TJC, and DC DOH standards
• Clean and maintain surgical pathology, autopsy, and other equipment.
• Perform duties relating to the administrative maintenance of surgical pathology protocols, procedures, reports, and data
• Assist in standardizing and implementing new protocols and procedures, as necessary.
• May be exposed to disagreeable odors and infectious diseases; therefore, must take proper safety precautions necessary to protect health and wellbeing.
Requirements Qualifications
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education Master of Science degree from a NAACLS-accredited Pathologists’ Assistant training program

Certification as a Pathologists’ Assistant by the American Society of Clinical Pathology


Experience None required; 1-5 years is desirable.


Competencies Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to communicate providing verbal feedback in a professional manner. Must be able to follow and understand instructions, and react favorably in all work situations. Must have strong interpersonal skills and be mentally adaptable and flexible in dealing with a variety of people at various levels within and outside the MFA.

Supervision Received
General supervision received from the Administrative Supervisor and Attending Pathologists..

Supervision Exercised
None

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