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Pathology Assistant

Location: Sacramento, CA Job Number: 679642 Date posted: 03/07/2018
Description: Provides anatomic pathology services under the control and supervision of a pathologist by assisting in the preparation and performance of human surgical specimen dissection and human postmortem examinations.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Obtains biological specimens for analysis; and, upon direction of the pathologist performs special procedures such as coronary artery perfusion studies, tumor triage, and faxitron (x-ray).
  • Under the supervision of a pathologist, prepare human surgical specimens for gross description and dissection, including but not limited to: describes gross anatomic features, dissects surgical specimens and prepares tissue for histological examination. Assures appropriate specimen accessioning, obtains the clinical history and photographs all pertinent specimens and microscopic slides as directed by a pathologist(s). Obtains the patient medical chart and other pertinent data for review with the attending pathologist.
  • Under the direction of a pathologist, performs postmortem examinations which may include: external examinations, in situ organ inspections, evisceration, dissection and dictation or recording of data such as organ weights, presence of body fluids and gross anatomic findings. Selects and prepares gross tissue section for frozen section analysis. Photographs body, organs, and other pertinent specimens. Gathers and organizes clinical information and data for completion of the autopsy report. Ascertains proper legal authorization for autopsy as directed by a pathologist(s).
  • Notifies physician in charge, funeral home and all other authorities prior to beginning the dissections, coordinates special requests for specimen sampling (e.g., organ transplantation team, research, etc.) Releases the body to the correct mortuary following proper restoration and indicating any biohazards - such as contagious disease or radioactive implant that may be present.
  • May perform duties relating to the administrative maintenance of surgical pathology protocols, reports/data including filing reports, protocols, photographic and microscopic slides and assures completion of coding.
  • May supervise the work of laboratory techs and assistants. Confers with the pathologists to identify the special techniques and procedures that will be necessary (e.g., histochemical, immunoflurescense, toxicological, viral, or electron microscopic studies, cultures, smears, etc.) and notifies all personnel involved.
  • Responsible for assuring proper maintenance of equipment, provides adequate supplies, and maintains cleanliness of the surgical pathology suite.
  • Assists in the organization and coordination of anatomic pathology conferences.
  • Kaiser Permanente conducts compensation reviews of positions on a routine basis. At any time, Kaiser Permanente reserves the right to reevaluate and change job descriptions, or to change such positions from salaried to hourly pay status. Such changes are generally implemented only after notice is given to affected employees.

  • Basic Qualifications:
  • N/A
  • Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, allied health sciences or related field required.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • Certification by the American Association of Pathologist' Assistants, the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology, or another national accrediting agency approved by the department, required by date of hire.

    Additional Requirements:
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated analytic and diagnostic reasoning skills.
  • Knowledge of PC applications required.
  • Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Minimum one (1) year of prior Pathologist Assistant experience preferred.
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred.

    Primary Location: California,Sacramento,Sacramento Hospital 2025 Morse Ave. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon - Fri Working Hours Start: 8:00 AM Working Hours End: 4:30 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Salaried, Non-Union, Exempt Job Level: Entry Level Job Category: Laboratory Department: Lab-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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