The Pathology Core Facility is IRB approved to procure all types of specimens for the purpose of translational research. The Pathologists’ Assistant will work in the gross room to ensure that all consented patient’s specimens are properly processed and stored for future research while preserving sufficient specimen for clinical diagnosis.
Please Note: This position will spend 80% of their time in the Gross Room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH), will abide by all NMH policies and procedures and will work under the supervision of the Gross Room Operations Coordinator or designee.
Assist in the procurement and processing of all types of surgical specimens from patients that have been properly consented.
Preparation and dissection of surgical specimens by assuring accurate specimen accessioning, obtaining pertinent clinical information, describing gross anatomic features, dissection and submitting specimens for histological processing as outlined in the Surgical Pathology procedure manual.
Use good judgment when assessing specimen quality and quantity for banking, ensuring that the clinical specimen always takes priority.
Ensure specimens are properly processed including grossing, snap freezing and/or formalin fixation.
Must maintain confidentiality of patient and specimen information.
Maintains a clean and safe work area.
Routine maintenance of all grossing instruments and work area.
Investigate and resolve problems related to specimens and/or patient information.
Provide assistance and support to attending pathologists, residents, and technical anatomic laboratory staff.
Obtain informed consent of pre-surgical patients.
Other duties as assigned.
Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
Successful completion of an accredited Pathologists’ Assistant program.
Certification by examination required (ASCP).
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent problem solving skills.
Familiarity with IRB regulations and requirements.
Knowledge of the process of Informed Consent.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Adapts to change and handles stressful situation effectively.
All duties are expected to be performed in compliance with established institutional and laboratory specific policies and procedures.
The ability to relate to people at all levels within the organization.
A capacity for calm and reasoned judgment.
Demonstration of commitment to patient quality care.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
M.S. in a medical science.
One to three years of experience performing gross examination and evaluating of surgical and/or autopsy specimens.
Three to five years’ experience in a biobanking position.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
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