Pathology Assistant

University Health Network - Toronto, ON (30+ days ago)

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University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Pathology Assistant in our Surgical Pathology Department.

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The Pathologists’ Assistant is assigned to both the Division of Surgical Pathology and to the Division of Autopsy Pathology. The Pathologist's Assistant reports to the Departmental Manager for operational tasks, and the Medical Directors of service for the delegated tasks in surgical pathology and autopsy.

In the Surgical Pathology lab, the Pathologist Assistant describes and dictates the findings of specimens during grossing procedures; photographs specimens, participates in quality management activities and adheres to established safe practices to promote a safe working environment for all. Working knowledge of medico-legal policies and protocol for specimen handling, autopsy, and patient privacy are essential.

Bachelors of Science or MLT with advanced level courses in anatomy and physiology
Experience in Surgical Pathology specimen gross required
Graduate of a PA training program preferred (Graduate of a NAACLS accredited PA Masters’ degree program preferred)
Current CCCPA and/or ASCP certification or ability to certified required
Knowledge of anatomy and physiology with special emphasis on the pathological presentation of disease
Strong observational skills and exceptional attention to detail
Ability to work effectively in a multi-functional group that includes medical personnel, other pathologist assistants, MLTs, lab assistants and clerical staff
Working knowledge of standard safety precautions and good lab hygiene
Working knowledge of safe chemical handling, storage protocols and emergency spill procedures
Working knowledge of safe operation of hand or electrically driven saws
Practical use of digital photography
Experience with tissue sampling for the purpose of frozen section examination
Computer literacy in windows based applications
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and problem recognition and problem solving skills
Good interpersonal skills and good analytical skills
Ability to work independently under minimal supervision
Ability to work effectively as a team member
Ability to demonstrate compassion and empathy when dealing with families of deceased

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

POSTED DATE: February 4, 2020 CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.