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Pathologists' Assistants Supervisor - Pathology-Morgue (SPEC)

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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 1/8/2017

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' Assistants Supervisor - Pathology-Morgue (SPEC)

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Job Code


Job Family

Professional Support Staff


Mission Bay

Weekly Hours

40 ; 100%

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8-hour Days

Full/Part Time


Union Information

This classification is not represented by a union

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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

Under minimal direction of the Directors, the incumbent serves as a supervisor and lead technical expert in the Surgical Pathology Gross Labs at Mission Bay, Parnassus and Mt Zion campuses, and in Autopsy at Parnassus, supervising and providing leadership and direction to certified and non-cerified Pathologist Assistants (PAs) and technical staff.

The incumbent s primary goals for this position are to train and educate residents and staff on grossing large and complex cancer resection specimens and create an efficient Gross Lab and Autopsy service. In addition to serving as a practitioner, educator/role model for fellows, residents, and staff members on grossing complex specimens, it is the role of the supervisor to continuously interact and consult with the laboratory director(s), administrative director, lab managers, and designee. The incumbent determines the need to consult with pathologist, makes operational decisions, troubleshoots and resolves specimen receiving issues.

The incumbent serves as a lead technical expert in grossing the most complex cancer specimens (pancreas, breast, prostate, GYN, etc.) as well as simple benign resections and biopsies. The incumbent must have an extensive knowledge of the full scope of general PA technical duties in the laboratory when required (lab preparation, receiving, accessioning, cryostat frozen sectioning, staining of stat operating room specimens, gross sectioning, dictation, photography, etc.). The incumbent will participate in resident education as pertains to gross lab activities and maintain the departmental and web-based surgical pathology manual. The incumbent must also have a thorough understanding of what sections are essential, and perform duties efficiently (focusing on quality and quantity). The incumbent s responsibilities include handling the competency program and providing education sessions to staff to learn to gross large resections and complex cancer specimens.

As supervisor the incumbent recruits, hires, trains, completes performance evaluations, and resolves employee issues; provides orientation, completes competency assessments, maintains staff schedules, training and compliance documentation and operating procedure; maintains equipment for the laboratory and adheres to compliance requirements; proactively advises and assists faculty and residents planning research projects. As directed, the incumbent provides operational support in other managers absence; as determined, works a variable schedule and rotates at other work sites as needed; provides technical and leadership support to the Electron Microscopy & Neuromuscular (EM & NM) Laboratory and Histology Laboratory as needed. Other duties are as assigned.

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

Required Qualifications

* Previous leadership experience in a hospital laboratory

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

* 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

* 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


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

* ASCP certified as Pathologists Assistant

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