Dec 02, 2021

Pathologist Assistant

  • Children's National Hospital
  • Washington, DC, USA

Job Description

Pathologist Assistant - (21000219)


The Pathologist Assistant will perform a variety of duties in the evaluation, and processing of patient specimens within defined departmental operating policies, under the direct supervision of a pathologist. Will operate various autopsy and laboratory equipment such as autopsy saw, camera, processors, cryostats, computers and dictation equipment.


Minimum Education
Bachelor's Degree B.S./B.A. (Required) and Graduate of a NACCLS accredited Pathologists' Assistant Program. (Required)

Minimum Work Experience
1 year prior work experience in an Anatomic Pathology lab (Preferred)

Required Licenses and Certifications
PA (ASCP) or eligible. Certification must be obtained within one year of hire. 1 Year (Required)

Functional Accountabilities
Technical Competencies

  • Perform post mortem examinations or assist in autopsy procedures by making & closing incisions, eviscerating organs, and specimen collection under pathologist direction.

  • Responsible to release bodies from the morgue during regular laboratory
  • Process surgical specimens including, proper labeling, fixation, and decalcification per established protocols; perform FNA and Bone Marrow specimen preparation procedures; collect samples for specialized studies, research, toxicology, and microbiology assays.
  • Independently perform simple and complex dissection with appropriate dictation based on department guidelines.
  • Prepare frozen sections, including cryostat microtomy, staining, coverslipping, and labeling.
  • Maintain autopsy and surgical tissue storage and disposal.

Administrative Support

  • Assist with organization and coordination of Pathology conferences.

  • Review patient information and verify all documentation is properly completed.
  • Assist with organization and coordination of Pathology conferences.
  • Order special stains or microtomy procedures per pathologist request.


  • Present cases and relevant materials to pathologists at remote sites via telepathology.

  • Exercise judgment on specimens or procedures requiring consultation or evaluation by the medical director or designee.

Quality Improvement

  • Participate in quality improvement review and development of gross room / autopsy procedure manuals

  • Participate in the education of residents and other laboratory staff by developing teaching and educational tools including telepathology functions and limitations.

Professional Enhancement

  • Maintain and enhance current knowledge by attending continuing education conferences within the hospital or at the regional/national level.

  • Evaluate and use literature and research findings to support laboratory process decisions.
  • Perform photomicroscopy for interdepartmental conferences or teaching purposes.

Organizational Accountabilities
Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
Organizational Commitment/Identification

  • Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met


  • Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
  • Partner with all team members to achieve goals
  • Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions

Performance Improvement/Problem-solving

  • Contribute to a positive work environment
  • Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
  • Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
  • Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment

Cost Management/Financial Responsibility

  • Use resources efficiently
  • Search for less costly ways of doing things


  • Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
  • Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
  • Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
  • Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
  • Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
  • Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Primary Location

: District of Columbia-WASHINGTON

Work Locations

: Sheikh Zayed Campus 111 Michigan Avenue Washington 20010


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Job Posting

: Jul 11, 2021, 7:39:28 PM