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Pathologist Assistant (Willowbrook)

Company: Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group
Location: Houston
Posted on: July 6, 2024

Job Description:

At Houston Methodist, the Pathologist Assistant position is responsible for providing anatomic pathology services under the direction and supervision of a pathologist. This position contributes to the overall efficiency of the laboratory and pathology practice in a cost-effective manner by performing a variety of tasks, consisting primarily of gross examination of surgical pathology specimens and instructing pathology residents and pathology assistant students in gross surgical pathology. This Pathologists' Assistant position also participates in department initiatives, identifying and assisting with opportunities for performance improvement activities.

  • Provides instruction to pathology residents, fellows and pathology assistant students in surgical and autopsy pathology, acting as a resource and mentor.
    • Collaborates with interprofessional team members to provide clinical expertise, providing appropriate clinical judgment and support interprofessional health care team.
      • Performs gross dissection of large and small surgical specimens, using standard dissection protocols, identifying and submitting pathologic tissues for histological processing and evaluation. Dictates accurate and precise gross descriptions for each specimen.
        • Assists wit dissection and tissue sampling of specimens sent for intra-operative consultation.
          • Photographs specimens for documentation and for use in presentations and publications. Maintains digital photography database.
            • Completes overflow cases from other peripheral hospitals as needed. Available to provide coverage at other Houston Methodist laboratory entities as needed.
              • Reviews all frozen section reports on a monthly basis for quality assurance, with final review and assessment by pathologists.
                • Collects cases for quality assurance retrospective review.
                  • Ensures compliance with OSHA regulations and adherence to safety procedures.
                    • Identifies opportunities for process improvement providing recommendations impacting quality and safety targets, collaborating with the interprofessional team. Contributes to meeting department and hospital targets for quality and safety.
                      • Utilizes all available work time by assisting others and performing additional tasks as appropriate.
                        • Works in conjunction with department to reduce any waste of resources and materials and perpetuate financial stewardship and growth.
                          • Maintains personal professional development through professional organization membership. Completes and updates the individual development plan (IDP) on an on-going basis. Seeks opportunities to expand learning to further their education for growth with a focus on continual development.
                            • Participates in specified division clinical education programs, division meetings. Offers innovative solutions through participation in performance improvement hospital projects and department activities.
                              This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.
                              • Graduate of education program approved by the credentialing body for the required credential(s) indicated below in the Certifications, Licenses and Registrations section.
                                WORK EXPERIENCE
                                • One year clinical experience if program-trained
                                  • Three years clinical experience if on-the-job trained
                                    • Experience with computer systems
                                      LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS - REQUIRED
                                    • PA(ASCP) - Pathologists' Assistant (ASCP) within 6 months
                                      KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
                                      • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
                                        • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
                                          • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
                                            • Demonstrates the ability to work independently with little or no direct supervision.
                                              • Adapts to multiple ongoing priorities including organizing heavy work flow with minimal supervision.
                                                • Strong attention to detail and ability to achieve and maintain accuracy.
                                                  • Demonstrates independent judgment and discretion to recognize problems, identify causes and take corrective action.
                                                    • Possesses basic computer knowledge; operates multiple computer systems.SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
                                                      WORK ATTIRE
                                                    • Uniform No
                                                    • Scrubs Yes
                                                    • Business professional No
                                                    • Other (department approved) NoON-CALL*
                                                      *Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. DIsaster, Severe Weather Events, etc) regardless of selection below.
                                                    • On Call* NoTRAVEL**
                                                      **Travel specifications may vary by department**
                                                    • May require travel within the Houston Metropolitan area Yes
                                                    • May require travel outside Houston Metropolitan area YesCompany Profile:Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group is an integral part of Houston Methodist's overall strategy to become one of the nation's leading academic medical centers. Established as a nonprofit corporation certified by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, the Specialty Physician Group enables physicians to maintain autonomy with respect to clinical practice while growing their practice within an academic environment.Houston Methodist is an equal opportunity employer inclusive of women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans.Equal Employment OpportunityHouston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law. VEVRAA Federal Contractor - priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

Keywords: Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group, Houston , Pathologist Assistant (Willowbrook), Healthcare , Houston, Texas

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