Anatomic Pathology Manual PATHOLOGIST ASSISTANT JOB DESCRIPTION

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					                     DIVISION OF ANATOMIC PATHOLOGY
                            263 Farmington Ave, CG052
                            Farmington, CT 06030-3985

Anatomic Pathology Manual


               PATHOLOGIST ASSISTANT JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB SUMMARY:

The Pathologist Assistant, under the direct or indirect supervision of a
Pathologist, assists in the preparation and performance of surgical specimen
dissections and performance of human postmortem examinations. The
Pathologist Assistant also assists in the implementation and monitoring of
department procedures regarding anatomic pathology.

REPORTS TO:

The Pathologist Assistant will report to the Anatomic Pathology Division Director
or designated Pathologist.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the supervision of a licensed and board-certified Pathologist, the
Pathologist Assistant provides the following services and assumes responsibility
for:

   A. Surgical Pathology
         1. Assists in the preparation and performance of surgical specimen
            dissection by:
                 a. Assuring appropriate specimen accessioning.
                 b. Obtaining clinical history, laboratory data, radiographs and
                     scans when indicated.
                 c. Describing gross anatomic features and dissecting surgical
                     specimens. In addition, prepares tissue for microscopic
                     examination including preparation for frozen sections and
                     permanent sections for light, electron and
                     immunofluorscent microscopy.
                 d. Obtaining biological specimens for ancillary analysis
                     (microbiology and or toxicology, etc.) and performing
                     special techniques as directed by the Pathologist.
                 e. Photographing all pertinent specimens and microscopic
                     slides as directed by the pathologist.
              f. Assisting in the organization and coordination of UCHC
                 conferences in which Surgical Pathology will be presented.
              g. Orients, instructs, and provides direct supervision to the
                 post-sophomore fellows that provide anatomic pathology
                 services at UCHC Department of Pathology, ensuring
                 accurate and efficient performance of their duties.
              h. Orients, instructs, evaluates, and provides direct
                 supervision to the Quinnipiac University Pathologist
                 Assistant graduate students that provide anatomic
                 pathology services at UCHC Department of Pathology,
                 ensuring accurate and efficient performance of their duties.

B. Autopsy Pathology
      1. Assists the Pathologist in the preparation and performance of
         postmortem examinations by:
              a. Assessing proper legal authorization for the autopsy.
              b. Retrieving the patient’s chart and other pertinent data for
                  review with the Pathologist.
              c. Conferring with the pathologist to identify special
                  techniques and procedures that would be necessary and
                  notifying all personnel directly involved.
              d. Performing, under the direction of the Pathologist, the
                  postmortem prosection including the external examination,
                  in-situ organ inspection, and dissection. To include the
                  supervision of the evisceration by the contracted diener
                  service or to perform the evisceration should the diener
                  service be unavailable at the time of the autopsy.
              e. Dictation of data such as organ weights, presence of body
                  fluids, and gross anatomic findings, etc.
              f. Procuring biological specimens for analysis and performing
                  special techniques as directed by the Pathologist.
              g. Photographing body, organs, and other relative material.
              h. Supervising the release of the body to the correct mortuary
                  following proper restoration and indicate any biohazard
                  which may be present.

C. Tumor triage and Banking:
     1. Determines when special studies are required for an accurate and
         complete diagnosis such has obtaining tissue for flow cytometry.
     2. Harvesting, freezing, labeling, storing and recording tumor in such
         a manner as to ensure accurate retrieval and tissue preservation.
D. Administrative:
     1. Maintains pathology protocols, records, policies and procedures.

      2. Assures proper a specimen CPT coding and compiles data for the
         monthly department QA report.
         3. Assures proper maintenance and cleanliness of equipment.
   E. Additional duties:
         1. Perform duties as assigned by the laboratory by the Division
             Director and designated Pathologist.
         2. Acquires and maintains gross and microscopic photographs.


QUALIFICATIONS:

Graduate of an American Association of Pathologists’ Assistants (AAPA) /
NAACLS educational program, and certified by the American Society of Clinical
Pathologists Board of Registry as a Pathologist Assistant; PA(ASCP).

COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT:

   A. Participates in professional conferences annually resulting in CME credits.
   B. Participates in quality assurance practices such as:
          1. Correcting reports and requisitions due to specimen mislabeling.
          2. Informing pathologists and physicians when insufficient material is
              submitted for evaluation.
   C. Complies with laboratory and hospital health surveillance and safety
      training.
   D. Upholds professional standards of conduct regarding protection of patient
      confidentiality.