Pathology Assistant

Connecticut, United States
08 Feb 2020
End of advertisement period
08 Apr 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Bargaining Unit

None - Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)

Time Type

Full time

Duration Type


Compensation Grade

Clinical & Research

Compensation Grade Profile

Pathology Assistant (26)

Work Location

Medical School Campus

Worksite Address

789 Howard Avenue
New Haven, CT 06519

Work Week

Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)

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Total # of hours to be worked:


Position Focus:

Under limited supervision from the Director of Surgical Pathology and in compliance with all federal, state and local regulations, act as Assistant to Pathologist at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Will report to the Gross Room Manager for administrative aspects of the program. This position will primarily work at Yale-New Haven Hospital, but will also rotate through Bridgeport Hospital. Perform the following essential duties:

  1. Perform gross description and dissection of tissue removed at surgery, which includes selection, preparation and submittal of samples for histological, microbiological, immunological examination or frozen section analysis by a pathologist. Photograph all pertinent gross specimens and slides. Procure appropriate specimens for residents and medical students history.
  2. Assist frozen section examinations inclusive of preparation and staining of section, summary of patient’s medical history.
  3. Assist in autopsy service: set up and perform human postmortem exams; ascertain proper legal authorization and patient’s medical charts; confer with attending pathologist to identify special procedures (cultures, smears, histochemical, immunofluorescence or other studies) to be utilized during examination. May coordinate autopsy services including supervision of laboratory personnel. Clean and maintain an orderly working area following each autopsy and full clean up at the end of each day.
  4. Check inventories and communicate to appropriate manager for supplies/items to be restocked.
  5. Prepare and present at weekly clinical conferences; ensure large cases are accurately transcribed from cassettes. Teach residents and PA students as required.
  6. Evaluate operating room (OR) schedule on a daily basis.
  7. Work closely with Tissue Services to collect requested tissue for research.
  8. Act as a consultant to clinicians and researchers for advice regarding appropriate tissue and diagnosis for specific research uses. Coordinate with surgical pathology residents and attending pathologist for their pathologic evaluation, and assistance in the procurement of tissue.
  9. Perform other functions necessary for providing anatomic pathology services.

Essential Duties

  1. Performs gross description and dissection of tissue removed at surgery. Photographs all pertinent gross specimens and slides. Procures appropriate specimens for residents and medical students history.
  2. Assists with frozen section examinations including preparation and staining of section and summary of patient's medical history.
  3. Assists pathologist by ascertaining proper legal authorization and patient's medical charts; conferring with attending pathologist to identify special procedures to be utilized during examination.
  4. Coordinates autopsy services including supervision of laboratory personnel. Cleans and maintains an orderly working area following each autopsy.
  5. Prepares and presents at weekly clinical conferences; ensures large cases are accurately transcribed. Teaches students as required.
  6. Interacts with surgical staff and surgeons to ensure timely delivery of samples from operating room to surgical pathology for tissue procurement. Assists in collection of tissue from Autopsy Unit.
  7. Updates and maintains database of tissues collection and usage.
  8. Prepares and provides monthly reports to Department Chief or Manager.
  9. Performs other functions necessary for providing pathology services.

Required Education and Experience

Master's Degree of Health Science in Pathology or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Excellent communication skills and the ability to function both independently and as part of a team.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Highly motivated and highly organized.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Experience handling human specimens.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Flexibility to move between Bridgeport Hospital and Yale-New Haven Hospital as work warrants.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Preferred experience with MAC and IBM computer systems.

Required Licenses or Certifications

Certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board or Eligible to be certified within 90 days of hire. MHA in Pathology, AAPA Certification.

Weekend Hours Required?


Evening Hours Required?


Drug Screen


Health Screening


Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

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