Under the direction of the PA supervisor and Director of Surgical Pathology, the Grossing Technician examines, describes, and sections biopsies and small, simple, uncomplicated resection specimens, requiring independent medical judgment with indirect supervision. S/he prepares frozen section tissue and slides for rapid diagnosis; performs general lab functions, technologist activities and quality assurance; maintains laboratory equipment, supplies and records; acts as a technical resource for accessioners, students, residents and other trainees; and supports compliance activities.
Job Location/Working Conditions
Clinical laboratory setting.Â
This is a full-time position (40 hours/week). Candidate must be willing to work predominantly evenings and Saturdays. Evening (11 a.m.-8 p.m.) and Saturday morning (8 a.m.-12 p.m.) hours are anticipated.
Time pressure and stress related to patient care delivery in a tertiary care, academic environment.
The laboratory processes ~50,000 surgical specimens annually
Required Physical and Environmental Demands
Requires manual dexterity, visual acuity and color discrimination sufficient to handle gross specimens and instrumentation.
Requires ability to safely handle potentially infectious patient specimens, carcinogenic substances, odors and other hazardous materials to which they may be regularly exposed. Â
Typical physical demands include sitting or standing extensively with frequent walking.
Must be able to lift all usual specimens in the gross room without assistance (up to 10 kg).
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Examine, describe, dissect and section biopsies and simple, uncomplicated resection specimens, including dictation of salient gross features under the direction of PAs and Pathologists as follows:
Perform gross dissection of surgical tissues
Dictate gross findings using appropriate terminology
Prepare and submit specimens for histology and other laboratory testing
Photograph specimens as appropriate for use in instruction and documentation
Assure appropriate specimen accessioning
Maintain specimen integrity and patient identification
Summarize patient medical history as recorded on the requisition form. Obtain/review pertinent clinical and radiologic data from electronic medical records. Review requisitions and specimen containers for correct labeling and demographic information, working with accessioning to rectify errors. Escalate non-routine, complicated surgical specimens to PA's. Assist with distribution (assignment) of specimens in gross room. Orient, freeze, cut, and stain frozen sections for intra-operative microscopic evaluation. Anticipate the need for specialized procedures such as decalcification, lymphoma workup, and ancillary diagnostic tests. Operate telepathology system. Assure proper maintenance of equipment, provision of adequate supplies, and cleanliness of the surgical pathology suite. Perform basic troubleshooting of technical systems used in the course of gross room operations.
Interact with PA's and Pathologists in training regarding specimens, including seeking guidance on those defined specimen types that require direct supervision. Other duties, as assigned.
Learn new skills and technologies as needed to support department goals and objectives. Operate Voicebrook voice recognition software, Copath lab information system, and other clinical informatics.Â Must be able to function independently to gross all biopsies and simple, uncomplicated specimen types.Â Position does not include autopsy requirements.
Knowledge of anatomy as applied to surgical pathology.
Basic knowledge of Surgical Pathology principles and practice.
Understanding of laboratory safety and infection control.
Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to multitask.
Proficiency in use of electronic communications tools and software.
An earned associate degree in a laboratory science or medical laboratory technology, obtained from an accredited institution, OR
Education/training equivalent to the above that includes at least 60 semester hours or equivalent from an accredited institution. This education must include 24 semester hours of medical laboratory technology courses, OR 24 semester hours of science courses that includes 6 semester hours of chemistry, 6 semester hours of biology, and 12 semester hours of chemistry, biology or medical laboratory technology in any combination. In addition, the individual must have laboratory training including either completion of a clinical laboratory training program approved or accredited by the ABHES, NAACLA, or other organization approved by HHS (note that this training may be included in the 60 semester hours listed above), OR at least 3 months documented laboratory training in each specialty in which the individual performs high complexity testing.
$19.19 - $28.78 / HourlyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
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