In the Department of Pathology Frozen Section Room, the Pathology Specialist – Frozen Section prepares high complexity and routine frozen section slides for diagnostic intraoperative evaluation of surgical specimens under the supervision of the Technical Supervisor. Works in high pressure, often stressful conditions in collaboration with Pathologists, Pathology Residents, Pathologists’ Assistants, Pathology Specialists and Operating Room Staff. Receives, triages, reconciles, and accessions most anatomic pathology specimen types received in the Frozen Section Room directly from the Operating Suite. Acts as the first line of quality control during the accessioning process – troubleshooting specimens received with insufficient documentation or required clinical information. Oversees daily critical and routine maintenance and supply inventory of Frozen Section Laboratory. The Pathology Specialist performs daily frozen section slide archiving and aids staff on routine and special projects. Assists in training new residents in frozen section technique and triaging of specimens. Performs other technical and ad hoc administrative tasks in the laboratory. Assists and coordinates with Pathologists’ Assistant’s to contact research personnel and disburse research allocation samples.
SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
- Excellent time management and organizational skills.
- Aptitude for attention to detail.
- Communication and interpersonal skills to permit collaborative and effective working relationships with co-workers.
- Ability to work in a high-stress, fast-paced work area without losing composure or compromising accuracy.
Daily exposure to formaldehyde, xylene and other hazardous chemicals and fixatives. Contact with infectious organisms. Exposure to unpleasant odors, blood and body fluids. Frequent use of scalpels, razor blades, and sharp instruments. Risk is manageable when proper procedures and precautions are observed and rigorously practiced. Occasional lifting of 45-pound formalin containers. Working in sometimes crowded, relatively small space.
- Bachelor’s degree is required. A degree in biology, chemistry, or related field is preferred.
- Familiar with medical terminology and human anatomy.
- Basic understanding of histologic principles and practice is preferred.
- One-year experience sectioning tissue using standard histologic technique is preferred.
- Ability to perform routine and advanced frozen section procedures highly desirable.
- Other qualifications as described in the Federal Register, 42 CFR, Subpart M 493.1403 – 1495.