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Pathologist Assistant I - Short Hour, Rockville Regional Laboratory

Location: Rockville, MD Job Number: 716310 Date posted: 07/11/2018
Description: To assist the pathologist in dissecting and describing all surgical pathology specimens for histological processing. Under the direction of the pathologist, the pathologist assistant is responsible for the management of laboratory testing in the designated sections.This position requires intimate knowledge of the department and policies/ procedures relevant to the delivery of pathology services. The ability to retrieve, communicate or otherwise present information in a written, auditory, or visual fashion is essential. The ability to direct and coordinate the efforts of others in the department, the ability to accurately judge the need for consultation regarding appropriate specimen dissections, and the ability to establish and maintain professional, cooperative relationships with surgical and pathology staff. This position consistently supports compliance and Kaiser Permanente's Code of Conduct by adhering to federal, state and local laws and regulations, accreditation and licenser requirements and Kaiser Permanente's policies and procedures. In addition to defined technical requirements, accountable for consistently demonstrating service behaviors and principles defined by the Kaiser Permanente Service Quality Credo, the KP Mission as well as specific departmental/organizational initiatives. Also accountable for consistently demonstrating the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors necessary to provide superior and culturally sensitive service to each other, to our members, and to purchasers, contracted providers and vendors.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Prepare and triage cases to be grossed-in by evaluating Anatomic Pathology requisition order forms and specimens for completeness and accuracy in regards to patient identification and appropriate tissue collection. Printing specimen cassettes with accession number and assigning differentiation of histologic processing according to varied specimen type.
  • Determines area of the gross specimens to be samples for microscopic analysis and cuts area into appropriate sized sections for further processing. Analyzes certain gross specimens and biopsy specimens: identifies and measures, weights and describes specimens according to established guidelines. Performs sectioning and dictates gross features of these specimens.
  • Clarifies, resolves, and documents issues involving inadequate grossing / additional tissue submission, context of gross description in pathology reports, tissue block discordance, or other concerns arising associated with the gross dissection of a case.
  • Maintains all associated instrumentation and applicable properties associated with the physical area of gross dissection, performs formalin monitoring, keeps grossing area stocked with applicable necessary supplies and in clean, working order. Assists in the evaluation and development of new procedures, methods, quality assurance monitors, and instrumentation.
  • Assists with cutting and processing frozen section slides whenever necessary.
  • Maintains a clear open channel of communication with the Pathologists via all applicable methodology (phone and internet). Responsive to requests; Pulls specimen containers in timely manner, makes appropriate adjustments to technique when asked, is fluid to procedural change.
  • Assists with processing, cutting and staining of histology slides when necessary. Assists with accessioning specimens when necessary.

  • Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum one (1) year of previous work experience in a Pathology assistant capacity required with emphasis/expertise in breast pathology

  • Bachelor's in medical technology, clinical laboratory science, or chemical, physical or biological science required. Proper documentation for applicable degree is required (i.e. copies of diplomas, transcripts, or International Degree Equivalency Report). Major must be clearly stated on the document. If diploma does not indicate the major, an additional document that states major is required.
  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.

    License, Certification, Registration
  • ASCP Certified Pathologist Assistant Required.

    Additional Requirements:
  • N/A

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with Pathology LIS system - Co Path preferred.

  • Master's degree in pathology assistant

    Primary Location: Maryland,Rockville,Rockville Regional Laboratory Modular Scheduled Weekly Hours: 8 Shift: Evening Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Working Hours Start: 4:00 PM Working Hours End: 12:30 AM Job Schedule: Short Hour Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: UFCW - Local 400 Job Level: Entry Level Job Category: Laboratory Department: Anatomic Pathology Travel: No
    Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.
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