Columbia University Pathologist Assistant in New York, New York

Job TitlePathologist Assistant

Job Code Title

Job Requisition Number 096188

Department 7538- PAT Pathology

Location Medical Center

Job Type Officer Full-Time Regular

Bargaining Unit

If temporary, indicate duration

Hours Per Week 35

Job Family Health

Salary Grade Officer 104

Salary Range Commensurate with experience

Advertised Summary Job Description Surgical Pathology:

Assisting in the preparation and performance of surgical specimen dissection by ensuring appropriate specimen accessioning; obtaining pertinent clinical information and studies; describing gross anatomic features; dissecting surgical specimens; preparing and submitting tissue for histologic processing; obtaining and submitting specimens for additional analytic procedures (Flow Cytometry, IF, EM etc.) procure tissue for banking and assisting in photographing gross specimens.

Autopsy Pathology:

Assisting in the performance of postmortem examination by ascertaining proper legal authorization; obtaining the pertinent clinical data and studies; notifying involved personnel of all special procedures and techniques required; coordinating special requests for specimens; notifying involved clinicians and appropriate authorities; assisting in the postmortem examination; obtaining and submitting tissue for additional analytic procedures and assisting in photographing gross specimens. Assist and organize teaching materials.

Responsible for assisting Pathology residents and training Pathology Support Staff in the proper techniques of postmortem examinations in accordance with established policies and procedures.

Responsible for maintaining the autopsy suite, acquiring necessary supplies, and cleaning and disinfection of autopsy equipment as necessary.

Will apply and enforce policies and procedures in accordance with all internal and external regulatory requirements.

Will be expected to be available by pager for telephonic consultation during laboratory off-hours.

Will perform other related duties necessary for the operation of the laboratory.

Minimum Qualifications for Grade

Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant Requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent in education and

experience, plus three years of related experience.

Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications

Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant Must have a New York State Department of Education Medical Technician, Technologist or Histotechnician License or must be New York State License eligible.

Excellent organizational, oral and written communication and computer skills. Knowledge of and ability to interact with laboratory computer systems.

Must exercise independent judgment with respect to evaluation, fixation, freezing and preparation of specimens for light microscopic evaluation and other special studies.

Must demonstrate excellent communication, interpersonal and writing skills.

Special Instructions

Preferred Qualifications Experience with CoPath or a similar laboratory computer system is preferred.

Graduate from an accredited Pathologist's Assistant training program or a Fellow of the American Association of Pathologist's Assistants (AAPA) preferred.

Essential Functions 60% - Physical examination and description, evisceration, dissection and submission of tissue sections for microscopic examination.

20% - Assisting and training Pathology residents, Pathology Support Staff and rotating medical students in the proper techniques for postmortem examinations and surgical specimens in accordance with established policies and procedures.

10% - Assist with Grossroom Lab inventory control management.

5% - Establishing, applying and enforcing policies and procedures in accordance with all institutional and laboratory regulatory agencies.

5% - Other duties deemed necessary for the operation of the laboratory.

Additional Essential Functions (Limit to 3950 characters.) Must be physically able to perform autopsies.

Special Indications

This position works with: Bloodborne pathogens



HIPAA Compliance training required Yes

Participation in Medical Surveillance required Yes

What type of posting? Is this a waiver request? Standard Posting

Requisition Open Date 01-03-2019

Requisition Close Date Open Until Filled

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