Dartmouth-Hitchcock is recruiting for an exciting new position added to work with five other PAs in a rural academic level III trauma center. We have the perfect blend of large mix complex specimens seen in an urban setting while being located amongst the mountain and lakes of New Hampshire with endless year round outdoor activities. Our new renovated space has a full bank of windows to let the sun shine in while grossing.
We welcome applications from new graduates.
This position has no weekends or call and autopsies performed by the PAs are rare to none.
The Pathologist Assistant plans, coordinates, and participates and/or instructs in clinical and research protocols and studies while ensuring safe and standard practice with an emphasis on high quality results. They perform a variety of complex pathologic procedures, including gross surgical specimen dissections and autopsies.
Responsibilities: A listing of the key responsibilities:
- Provides responsible oversight for surgical bench and Autopsy operations.
- Plans, coordinates, and ensures high quality performance with a Lean approach for both Gross room and Autopsy workflows.
- Performs surgical specimen evaluation for routine procedures, special studies, and frozen sections. Dictates gross specimen descriptions. Performs and directs special tissue preparation protocols and tissue procurement for studies and banking.
- Triages specimens received from surgery.
- Performs frozen section processing for outreach clients.
- Under the direction of a pathologist: performs and/or maintains proficiency in autopsy examination including eviscerations, dissection, description, tissue sectioning, and reporting.
- Assists in training of Residents and Staff in departmental procedures including proper techniques for specimen grossing and processing; Autopsy; photography, radiography, use of cryostats and staining setups, Biorepository tissue banking with system entry and daily operation/flow of the Grossing and Autopsy rooms.
- Coordinates assistance from other sections of the laboratory when necessary from operations.
- Assists with curation and use of teaching specimens and when deemed necessary, the preparation of materials for conferences and teaching.
- Maintains patient privacy, confidentiality and respect.
- Performs specimen photography and radiography as needed.
- Monitors, evaluates and maintains Autopsy and Gross room preparedness for daily operations including equipment, supplies, and procedure manuals, communicate workflow challenges, suggests or implements change to ensure safe work practices and effective/Lean work environment.
- Ensures cleaning and disinfection of equipment in Gross room and Autopsy.
- Works with management to develop short and long term goals and plans, and modify operational protocols. Resolves operational and staff problems or conflicts. Participates in clinical and quality improvement initiatives.
- Evaluates and recommends new products and equipment.
- Oversees Path Tech duties in area of responsibility, as needed.
- Keeps the Medical Director and Anatomic Pathology Supervisor/Manager apprised of important events, adverse outcomes, and milestones.
- Assists in the development, management, and maintenance of a frozen tissue bank. Procures Biorepository specimens, enters specimens into database and assists in maintaining database for quality, accurate and completeness of entry.
- Assumes responsibility for scheduling to accomplish research projects.
- Learns and performs technical procedures to ensure completion of research projects.
- Meets with individual investigators to assist them in developing their research plan requests. Coordinates requests to determine eligibility for treatment protocols.
- Assists investigators in developing projected budgets for their studies.
- Ensures all research activities are documented in the Cancer Center Core Operations system (CCOPs) database, and that the CCOPs database is functional and meets the needs to of the Department.
- Ensures processing of research billing information.
- Updates research costing annually to provide data for fee structures.
- Must be able to stand for long periods of time (4 hours or more).
- Must be able to bend, kneel and lift using safe technique.
- Must possess manual dexterity sufficient to work with small instruments, glass slides, and equipment.
- Must follow and teach established safety and health precautions.
- Must possess excellent interpersonal skills required for communicating with clinicians, pathologists, and Laboratory staff of all levels.
- Must possess a strong attention to detail with a high commitment to quality.
- Must demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and commitment to position.
- Must be able to rotate for department coverage with other staff.
- Must be able to work both independently and in a group setting to produce consistent and reliable workflow of high quality.
- Must be able to easily use computer and basic software applications and periodically act as a testing liaison for the Laboratory section.
- Performs other duties as required or assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in science and successful completion of an approved Pathologist’s Assistant program or equivalent.
Required Licensure/Certification Skills:
- ASCP registered or eligible.