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Westwood, California
United States

Pathologists' Assistant


Under the supervision and direction of the Chief of Anatomic Pathology, and/or the Manager, Outreach Clinical Operations, the Clinical Specialist (Pathologists' Assistant) provides support to the Anatomic Pathology Department. Responsibilities include the description, dictation, photographing and grossing of specimens and assistance with accessioning, frozen sections, Cytology procedures, bone marrows, renal biopsies and autopsies. The Pathologists' Assistant will assist with administrative functions including preparation and administrative maintenance of protocols, procedures, reports, data and instruments and will perform administrative, budgetary, teaching and other duties as assigned.

The incumbent also performs established duties according to laboratory procedures and on a rotating basis. Time and type of the assignments may vary upon department guidelines. Incumbent should be able to work independently and be able to troubleshoot when it is necessary. The supervisor will observe and review the incumbent's performance. The Chief of Anatomic Pathology, and/or the Manager, Outreach Clinical Operations, may adjust duties as dictated by needs.

Bachelor of Science. Must meet CLIA requirements for high complexity testing. Must be certified by ASCP as a Pathologists' Assistant or be certification eligible. Must have proficient dissection and dictation skills with surgical pathology specimens. Working knowledge of all laboratory safety protocols necessary in working in a laboratory environment to include work with chemicals, equipment (mechanical and electrical), biological samples, radioactive materials (where applicable), etc. Knowledge of different specimen types and anatomic sites. Ability to recognize when an instrument, procedure, or piece of equipment is not functioning properly or when there is a problem situation, and taking appropriate action. Knowledge of tests offered in all areas of the section. Skill in maintaining files/records, such as reagent preparation, quality control, and instrument maintenance records, etc. Skill in performing related computer procedures (LIS, HIS). Ability to maintain awareness of laboratory media and/or reagent needs. Ability to maintain a clean, organized work area. Ability to promote and use interpersonal skills to provide excellent customer service. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with personnel in the section, laboratory, and ancillary medical areas. Ability to organize workflow to meet the expected turnaround time for assigned laboratory tasks. Ability to recognize limitations of position and to ask for assistance as appropriate. Skill in working independently and following through on assignments with minimal supervision. Ability to proactively assess workload and help co-workers. Skill in performing multiple tasks simultaneously. Skill in performing under conditions of frequent interruptions, distractions, and heavy workload while maintaining equanimity, accuracy, and productivity. Ability to perform effectively under conditions of fluctuating workload, often changing from one task to another on a n hourly or daily basis. Skill in adapting to unusual circumstances and changing priorities. Ability to respond positively and cooperatively to temporary changes in work schedule. Ability to work flexible hours; with little notice (i.e. stay late).