Pathologists' Assistant

  • Denver, CO
  • Full-time

Company Description

As an industry-leading laboratory and pathology medical practice, UniPath, LLC, provides academic-caliber, comprehensive anatomic pathology and molecular testing services. Our sole focus is helping our physician and hospital clients drive better patient outcomes. We do so by providing high-quality, sub-specialized diagnostic services with unmatched service levels.

We serve physicians and their patients in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings, including physician offices, surgery centers, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities.

Our pathologist team consists of highly accessible, board-certified physicians with expertise and advanced training in several sub-specialty areas, including women's health, dermatopathology, gastrointestinal pathology, urologic pathology, hematopathology, and nephropathology.

Our passion is the patient, and our mission simple: delivering quality patient care through teamwork and exceptional laboratory services.

Job Description

The Pathologists' Assistant is responsible for performing accessioning, dictating, and dissecting surgical specimens at an advanced level, including all specimens on the Grossing Technician I-III competencies. Individuals are required to possess and expand on advanced knowledge of anatomy, pathology, and anatomic pathology laboratory techniques. Individuals are responsible for ensuring quality, consistency, efficiency, and for coordination and leading technical services.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

· Receive and verify patient information on all paperwork and specimen containers for accuracy.

· Accurately accessions all cases into the appropriate Laboratory Information Systems, prints bar-coded tissue cassettes, updates and edits histology trim sheet in Laboratory Information Systems, prepares specimens for send-out testing.

· Performs all technical aspects of grossing and dictating surgical specimens using a variety of laboratory materials and equipment (scalpels, paddle razors, bone saw, cryostat, etc.).

· Assists with autopsy procedures.

· Maintains cassettes accuracy, slide filing, laboratory records, pathology equipment and logs, and independently perform frozen section procedures.

· Communicates with pathologists, peers, internal and external clients.

· Assists with supply ordering and inventory.

· Maintains cleanliness of gross room.

· Maintains supplies and overall cleanliness of gross room.

· Assist in the tissue processing area.

· Assist in the pathology reception area.

· Assists with orientation, education, training, and overall development of Grossing personnel.

· Assist in creating and writing departmental procedures in PolicyTech as requested.

· Identifies and solves technical, quality, staffing, scheduling, and departmental concerns in concurrence with the Grossing Supervisor.

· Label chemical waste barrels and appropriately discard chemical waste in accordance with all local, state, and federal guidelines.

· Participates in Quality Assurance (QA) Reviews.

· Assist with laboratory accreditation inspection preparations.

· Must work the hours required for each specific location.

· Must observe and follow all rules, requirements, and regulations.

This position is full-time, 40 hours/week.  


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

• Must possess and maintain advanced knowledge of anatomy, anatomic pathology, and medical terminology.
• Knowledge of and adherence to hazardous chemical handling, bio-hazardous materials, and universal precautions.
• Working knowledge of department functions.
• Must understand and adhere to company/department policies and procedures.
• Must demonstrate proficiency in advances gross dissection and dictation of complex surgical specimens.
• Must demonstrate aptitude to assist in training and support grossing personnel at all levels.
• Must possess office and computer skills.
• Must possess disposition to tolerate proximity to and handling of human organs and tissues specimens.
• Must possess ability to use touch-screen computers in multiple capacities.
• Must communicate respectfully and professionally in oral and written communication. Must interact respectfully and professionally with others.
• Must effectively prioritize and organize responsibilities and multi-task.
• Must collaborate with others to ensure that work processes and work flow meet organizational requirements.
• Must effectively identify and solve technical problems and issues.
• Must wear required personal protective equipment (i.e. lab coat, eye protection, gloves, etc).
• Must maintain the appropriate levels of confidentiality required to protect client/patient privacy and proprietary organizational information.


• Graduate of an NAACLS approved training program or trained in an anatomic pathology laboratory or hospital setting.
• Current ASCP Board Certification as a Pathologists’ Assistant.
• Member of American Association of Pathologists’ Assistants.

· A minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible experience

· Strong knowledge of hospital practices and surgical terminology.

· Must obtain a minimum of 10 CEU credits/year in surgical pathology and/or other closely related subjects (e.g., Microbiology, Radiology, etc.) and CEU credits necessary to maintain ASCP certification as a Physician Assistant.

Physical Activities:

· Full range of motion (manual & finger dexterity, eye-hand coordination).

· Sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time.

· Lifts and carries items weighing up to 50 pounds.

· Requires visual acuity and color perception.

· Ability to speak clearly and audibly for prolonged periods of time.

Additional Information

American Pathology Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply. This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with this job.