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Pathologists' Assistant I/II - Pathology-Morgue (SPEC)

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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 10/26/2016

University of California - San Francisco Medical Centers San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA
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Full Time
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Bachelors Degree


Job Title

Pathologists' Assistant I/II - Pathology-Morgue (SPEC)

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Job Family

Professional Support Staff



Weekly Hours

40 ; 100%

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8-hour Days

Full/Part Time


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Our legacy of unsurpassed patient care and unceasing mission to integrate high-tech medical research with clinical operations has led to our prestigious standing as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. As a premier health care institution dedicated to advancing health worldwide, UCSF Medical Center can also be the best place to advance and shape your career.

The medical center's employees are one of the most important reasons why we are recognized as one of the nation's best hospitals. To work at UCSF Medical Center is to be part of an institution that provides the highest caliber of care to patients; a nurturing, dynamic and team-oriented atmosphere in which to best use your skills and talents.

Job Summary

This position will be filled by a Pathologists\' Assistant I or a Pathologists\' Assistant II depending on the qualifications of the selected individual.

Under the direction of the directors, serves as a lead technical expert in UCSF Surgical Pathology Gross Rooms, providing technical leadership and direction to trainees and pathologists assistants (PAs).

The primary role of the incumbent is practitioner, educator and role model for trainees and staff members in grossing the most complex cancer specimens (pancreas, breast, bladder, uterus, ovary, etc.) as well as simple benign resections and biopsies. It is the role of the PA to continuously interact with the laboratory director(s), site managers, supervisors and designees. The incumbent determines the need to consult with a pathologist, makes technical grossing decisions, troubleshoots and resolves specimen receiving issues.

The incumbent must have the basic knowledge of the full scope of general PA technical duties in the laboratory when required (lab preparation, receiving, accessioning, performing an intraoperative evaluation including cryostat frozen sectioning and staining, gross sectioning, dictation, photography, etc.). The incumbent must also have a thorough understanding of what and why these sections are essential, and perform duties efficiently (focusing on quality and quantity). The incumbent s responsibilities include handling the BIGS competency program and providing education sessions to staff to learn to gross BIGS specimens.

As determined, works variable schedules and rotates at other work sites as needed. Provides technical and leadership support to the Autopsy Service and Histology Laboratory as needed. Other duties as assigned

The flexibility to orient and work at all UCSF Medical Center locations is required.

Required Qualifications

* ASCP certified as Pathologists Assistant

* Bachelor s Degree

* Demonstrated proficiency in teaching, communication and interpersonal skills

* Knowledge of medical terminology, specifically understanding of Pathology

* Ability to organize and prioritize responsibilities and perform well under pressure to meet deadlines

* Excellent data entry, word processing, spelling, grammar, and editing skills

* If promoted from MSP 1 classification, demonstrates competency in grossing specimens from all defined specimen classes

* Ability to assume leadership responsibilities and assist with operational oversight of Gross Rooms

* The flexibility to orient and work at all UCSF Medical Center locations is required

Preferred Qualifications

* Minimum five years experience as an ASCP-certified PA

* A graduate from a National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) accredited pathologists assistant training program

* Master s Degree

* Current Fellow member of the American Association of Pathologists Assistants (AAPA) (highly preferred)

* Current Member of the American Society for Clinical Pathology

* Previous leadership experience in a hospital laboratory

* Experience working in the Pathology Department of an academic health center


* ASCP certified as Pathologists Assistant. American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification must be maintained as long as one works in this position

Living Pride Standards

Service Excellence

* Demonstrates service excellence by following the Everyday PRIDE Guide with the UCSF Medical Center standards and expectations for communication and behavior. These standards and expectations convey specific behavior associated with the Medical Center s values: Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence, and provide guidance on how we communicate with patients, visitors, faculty, staff, and students, virtually everyone, every day and with every encounter. These standards include, but are not limited to: personal appearance, acknowledging and greeting all patients and families, introductions using AIDET, managing up, service recovery, managing delays and expectations, phone standards, electronic communication, team work, cultural sensitivity and competency.

* Uses effective communication skills with patients and staff; demonstrates proper telephone techniques and etiquette; acts as an escort to any patient or family member needing directions; shows sensitivity to differences of culture; demonstrates a positive and supportive manner in which patients / families/ colleagues perceive interactions as positive and supportive. Exhibits team work skills to positively acknowledge and recognize other colleagues, and uses personal experiences to model and teach Living PRIDE standards.

* Exhibits tact and professionalism in difficult situations according to PRIDE Values and Practices

* Demonstrates an understanding of and adheres to privacy, confidentiality, and security policies and procedures related to Protected Health Information (PHI) or other sensitive and personal information.

* Demonstrates an understanding of and adheres to safety and infection control policies and procedures.

* Assumes accountability for improving quality metrics associated with department/unit and meeting organizational/departmental targets.

Work Environment

* Keeps working areas neat, orderly and clutter-free, including the hallways. Adheres to cleaning processes and puts things back where they belong. Removes and reports broken equipment and furniture.

* Picks up and disposes of any litter found throughout entire facility.

* Posts flyers and posters in designated areas only; does not post on walls, doors or windows.

* Knows where the Environment of Care Manual is kept in department; corrects or reports unsafe conditions to the appropriate departments.

* Protects the physical environment and equipment from damage and theft.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Further information about the University of California, San Francisco, is available at UCSF seeks candidates whose skills, and personal and professional experience, have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence, and the communities we serve.


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