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Company: UChicago Medicine
Location: United States of America
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Biotech


Be a part of a world-class academic healthcare system, UChicago Medicine, as a Pathologist Assistant in the Anatomic Pathology department. Pathologist's Assistant performs gross dissection of biopsies and complex surgical tissues for review by pathologist of specimens from hospital, outpatient clinics and outside clients. Assists with resident and medical student teaching and provides clinical oversight for Anatomic Pathology Technicians in the Gross Room, Cytology specimen prep and autopsies. Operating within UChicago Medicine's Department of Pathology, we provide reference laboratory testing to various related and unrelated health care entities, managed care organizations and non-affiliated hospitals, outpatient clinics and private physicians' offices. We offer a full range of diagnostic services. 


**Sign On Bonus Available ** 


Job Summary 


In collaboration with the Pathologist, the Pathologists' Assistant is responsible for the gross pathology description and sampling of biopsy and/or other selected complex surgical tissue specimens. The dissection sampling and description is performed in accordance with established procedures to aid the pathologist in establishing the diagnosis. The Pathologists' Assistant also performs critical duties such as obtaining, dissecting, preparing and documenting tissue specimens to be used in the Human Tissue Resource Center (HTRC) and assisting with autopsies. The Pathologists' Assistant works closely with Anatomic Pathology staff to ensure the rapid delivery and integrity of surgical specimens to be used in the HTRC. The Pathologists' Assistant assists with resident teaching and may provide oversight of activities in support of basic laboratory operations.


Essential Job Functions 

  • Prepares and dissects surgical biopsies and large complicated specimens in collaboration with the pathologist. Produces high quality, high volume work in a timely fashion.
  • Trains, assists and serves as a resource to medical students and pathology residents in gross description, dissection and dictation techniques, basic specimen handling procedures, data entry in the laboratory LIS, and use of instruments and equipment.
  • Participates in the orientation of pathology residents in the surgical pathology gross room; provides clinical performance feedback on pathology residents.
  • Participates in intra-operative consultations procedures; prioritizes specimens when multiple frozen sections are received simultaneously. Cuts and stains frozen sections as necessary. Ensures required regulatory information is recorded per standard operating procedures (SOP).
  • Handles any specimen and/or requisition discrepancies or deficiencies; resolves issues with physician, clinic or client and documents resolution per SOP.
  • Uses and maintains equipment per SOP; participates in evaluation and implementation of new equipment.
  • Prepares specimens for gross photography; photographs specimens maintaining patient identification; maintains photographic equipment, supplies and photographic/radiologic files.
  • Assists Technical Director, Anatomic Pathology, Pathologists' Assistant, Sr. and/or pathologists in development and implementation of new and special procedures or techniques.
  • Participates in quality and process improvement efforts. Identifies ways to improve work processes and improve customer satisfaction.
  • Maintains a clean and safe work enviroment to ensure order and readiness for use; follows established laboratory safety procedures in accordance with those regulatory bodies such as OSHA, FDA, EPA, etc.; observes and practices universal precautions when handling biohazardous material; participates in development of safety protocols in surgical pathology.
  • Communicates effectively with Pathologists' Assistant, Sr., Manager, Anatomic Pathology, Chief Medical Technologist, Anatomic Pathology, pathologists, pathology residents, other health care professionals, and laboratory colleagues. Able to work as a team player.
  • Participates in autopsy procedures; in collaboration with Lead Autopsy Technician provides instruction and acts as resource for medical students and residents in autopsy techniques such as evisceration, removal of the brain and spinal cord, and organ dissection.
  • Assists with specimen inventory, storage and retrieval for Clinical Pathophysiology and Therapeutics course (CPP&T).
  • Works with the Manager of the HTRC, to coordinate daily tissue dissecting and banking efforts of the HTRC with the Operating Room (OR) and Anatomic Pathology.
  • Receiving advance notification from the HTRC Research Nurse reviews the daily OR schedules to identify those patients that have given consent for specimens to be used in the HTRC. Must carefully note consented, refused or unlinked patient surgeries.
  • Under direction of a surgical pathologist, removes those portions of tissue specimens deemed surplus by the surgical pathologist and thus available for use in the HTRC. Delivers the specimens to the HTRC Technologist.
  • Provides appropriate coverage in the absence of the Pathologists' Assistant, Sr.
  • Performs other duties as requested by senior management.


Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology PA (ASCP) certification or eligibility required. Eligibility defined as
    • A minimum of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited* college/university,
    • AND successful completion of a NAACLS accredited Pathologists' Assistant program within the last five years.
  • Thorough knowledge of dissection technique, equipment and methodologies.
  • Thorough knowledge of photographic technique and equipment.
  • Experience with computer applications.
  • Ability to interact professionally with pathologists, pathology residents, other health care professionals, and laboratory colleagues.
  • Ability to work independently, maintain composure and exercise sound judgement during stressful situations.
  • Display leadership qualities including communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a broad range of individuals internal as well as external to the Hospitals and University.
  • Maintains patient confidentiality at all times.
  • Ability to handle large volumes of work within narrow timeframes 

Position Details 

  • Job Type/FTE: 1.00
  • Shift:  Mid (11:30a-8p)
  • Unit/Department:  Anatomic Pathology
  • CBA Code:  Non-Union

Must comply with UCMC's COVID-19 Vaccination requirement as a condition of employment. If you have already received the vaccination, you must provide proof as part of the pre-employment process. This is in addition to your compliance with the Flu Vaccination requirement as well. Medical and religious exemptions will be considered consistent with applicable law. Lastly, a pre-employment physical, drug screening, and background check are also required for all employees prior to hire.

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