Grossing Histology Specialist, Dermapathology
Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)

Newton, Massachusetts

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Works independently under both direct and indirect supervision and performs technical functions including grossing of complex and non-complex surgical specimens. Additionally, performs specific histology functions including embedding, microtomy, staining and processing specimens for Direct Immunofluorescence studies.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: In order of importance, list essential areas of responsibility, major job duties, special projects and key objectives for this position. These items should be evaluated throughout the year and included in the written annual evaluation. This section should be completed as a bulleted list and explain how the role is performed.

  • Independently performs the major tasks involved in the routine and non-routine preparation of histological slides from surgical and biopsy specimens including macrodissection, embedding, microtomy and staining of tissue sections, and labeling of finished slides.
  • Assures appropriate specimen labeling; maintains the integrity of the specimen and patient identification.
  • Responsible for gross description and macrodissection of a variety of specimens including simple shave and punch biopsies as well as complex excisions and MOHS procedures and prepares tissues for histologic processing.
  • Must be able to record measurements and any abnormal findings and orient, ink and section complex tissue samples in order to maintain orientation for the submitting clinician.
  • Identifies problems that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results and either corrects the problems or immediately notifies the supervisor/manager/lead, technical supervisor, or director.
  • Interacts directly with pathologists regarding gross dissection/description activities, including defined specimen types that require direct supervision by a pathologist.
  • Loads tissue cassettes into tissue processors and initiates processing according to protocol.
  • Follows the laboratory's applicable procedures for job-related responsibilities.
  • Ensures all laboratory safety, quality control and quality assurance standards are met.
  • Ensures compliance with all local, federal, CLIA and CAP regulations.
  • Must be able to embed complex excision tissue specimens according to prescribed guidelines set by the pathologists.
  • Operation of cryostat with neutralized non-fixed specimens in buffer for DIF( Direct immunofluorescence).
  • Must be able to operate H&E stainer, IHC and Special Stains.
  • Maintains a clean and well-organized work area.
  • Will assist accessioning staff in proof reading gross descriptions on the Working Drafts for accuracy.
  • Other duties, as assigned by supervisor.

SKILLS & COMPETENCIES REQUIRED: This section should be a bulleted list of minimum requirements explaining the skills (what the individual is trained for) and competencies (measurable as defined by the job) necessary to perform the job.

Absolute integrity and confidentiality with handling of patient's specimens

Attention to detail

Effective interpersonal and communication skills

Experience using CoPath - preferred

Must be able to read and write English

Ability to multi-task and work accurately under stress of workload demands

Works well in a team environment

LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, and/or REGISTRATIONS: Specify minimum credentials and clearly indicate if required or preferred.

Minimum Required:

Batchelor's degree in biological, chemical or chemical laboratory science or related field.

Education/training equivalent to the above that includes at least 60 semester hours or equivalent from an accredited institution. This education must include 24 semester hours of medical laboratory technology courses, OR 24 semester hours of science courses that includes 6 semester hours of chemistry, 6 semester hours of biology, and 12 semester hours of chemistry, biology or medical laboratory technology in any combination.

EEO Statement
Massachusetts General Hospital is an Affirmative Action Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, military service, genetic information, and/or other status protected under law. We will ensure that all individuals with a disability are provided a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.

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