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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Pathologist Assistant in Boston, Massachusetts

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Pathologist Assistant

Department Description:The Pathology department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, a Harvard teaching hospital, is looking for a strong candidate to be part of our team of Pathologist Assistants. The ideal candidate will have experience grossing complex cases, performing frozen sections, performing autopsies and teaching residents in a high volume fast paced academic medical center setting.

Our state of the art and totally renovated grossing suite opened in November 2017. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a new lab environment in an academic setting.

The Department of Pathology is integrally involved with the diagnosis of cancer and other major medical conditions through the gross and microscopic examination of tissue samples obtained from surgical procedures and endoscopy (Anatomic Pathology). Our department also provides clinical laboratory services to the hospital as well as consult services in the areas of clinical chemistry, hematopathology, microbiology, and transfusion medicine (Clinical Pathology).

The hours of the position are 10:30am - 7:00pm.

Job Location:Boston, MA

Req ID:38553BR

Job Summary:Under the combined supervision of the medical director and supervisor of the cutting room, the Pathologist Assistant assists in the gross description and dissection of all types of tissues sent to the surgical pathology laboratory for analysis, including high-complexity specimens. Pathologist Assistants are an integral part of the resident training by educating pathology residents in proper dissection of surgical pathology specimens and appropriate submission of tissues for microscopic analysis thereby ensuring standardization of specimen processing and patient safety.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Dictates gross descriptions and dissects all types of surgical specimens (e.g. type, size, weight, color and anatomic characteristics), including high-complexity specimens.

  • Selects appropriate tissue sections for microscopic examination. Understands the appropriate sections necessary for pathologic diagnosis, staging tumors, margin evaluation, and lymph node evaluation. Understands the methodology of submitting tissue to obtain optimum microscopic sections of optimum quality.

  • Assists and educates residents with appropriate orientation and gross descriptions and dissection of all types of surgical pathology specimens.

  • Operates laboratory information system is order to achieve appropriate specimen handling per standard operating procedures.

  • May perform intraoperative consultations, including gross description, selection of tissues for sectioning, microtomy and tissue staining.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Pathologist Assistant program in progress and completed prior to start date required.

  • License ASCP Registered required., and Registration by the American Association of Pathologist Assistants is desirable. Two years of experience in academic medical center setting preferred.

  • 1-3 years related work experience required.

  • New graduates and out of state Master's prepared Pathologist Assistants are expected to obtain the ASCP certification within 3-6 months of hire date.

  • Advanced technical computer skills as required for technical support specific to functional area and related systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two years of experience in an academic medical center in Pathology performing this position as a PA.


  • Decision Making:Ability to make decisions that are guided by precedents, policies and objectives. Regularly makes decisions and recommendations on issues affecting a department or functional area.

  • Problem Solving:Ability to address problems that are highly varied, complex and often non-recurring, requiring staff input, innovative, creative, and Lean diagnostic techniques to resolve issues.

  • Independence of Action:Ability to set goals and determines how to accomplish defined results with some guidelines. Manager/Director provides broad guidance and overall direction.

  • Written Communications:Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.

  • Oral Communications:Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal information in English to medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.

  • Knowledge:Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex varied situations.

  • Team Work:Ability to lead and direct multiple collaborative teams for large projects or groups both internal and external to the Medical Center and across functional areas. Results have significant implications for the management and operations of the organization.

  • Customer Service:Ability to provide a high level of customer service and staff training to meet customer service standards and expectations for the assigned unit(s). Resolves service issues in the assigned unit(s) in a timely and respectful manner.

Physical Nature of the Job:

Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and or up to 20 pounds of force frequently. Job is physical in nature and employee needs to stand and/or move around through the majority of their shift.