Pathology Assistant

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Updated: July 31, 2018
Job ID: 214049
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: 
Location: Annapolis, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Pathology Assistant supporting the Clinical Breast Care Project (CBCP) located at the Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) in Anne Arundel, Maryland. Responsible for performing biospecimen collection in support of multiple Murtha Cancer Center/Clinical Breast Care Project research protocols open at Anne Arundel Medical Center.  Performs routine surgical gross dissection in addition to the collection, archiving and transfer of fresh tissue and blood specimens for research.  Assists in the administering of activities required for a successful tissue bank repository. Reports directly to the Head Pathologist, CBCP and Medical Director of Pathology, AAMC.

Coordination Activities (50% of time):

  1. Function as Pathologists’ Assistant in the performance of biobanking activities at AAMC.
  2. Assists pathologists and coordinators in implementing and monitoring research activities as they apply to all biospecimen research activities at AAMC.
  3. Develop and maintain SOPs for routine biobanking as well as for protocols in support of grants, etc. as they receive IRB approval
  4. Communicate with the Clinical Research Coordinator in the enrollment of research participants and coordination of biospecimen collection
  5. Responsible for maintaining full compliance with all applicable requirements of the CAP, Department of Defense, Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), The Joint Commission, and other appropriate regulatory agencies.
  6. Communicates and maintains positive relationships with allied units including the WRNMMC CBCP and Murtha Cancer Center Biobank, AAMC, Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine (CSSIOMM) at Windber Medical Center, and other CBCP sites or collaborators.
  7. Maintains communication with AAMC operating room, clinic and research staff in the coordination and execution of research activities.
  8. Attends weekly breast tumor board conferences, clinical and administrative meetings as needed.
  9. Performs data management/entry activities and maintains research files as required by the Clinical Trials Department and IRB at Anne Arundel Medical Center
  10. Maintains enrollment and screening logs/databases and ensures proper handling of protected health information (PHI)
  11. Designs and prepares routine and ad-hoc productivity and Quality Control (QC) reports
  12. Provides productivity data for the purposes of billing/invoicing

Pathology Activities (45% of time):

  1. Performs gross dissection of fresh breast specimens for archiving of research samples for the Clinical Breast Care Project.
  2. Coordinates and assists the AAMC Pathology Department staff in the collection/archiving of non-breast research samples
  3. Processes and archives blood samples according to SOPs specific for each protocol
  4. Assists in preparing cases and associated slides/blocks for review with research pathologist
  5. Maintains daily research logs
  6. Assists with the collection and entry of all research-related data into databases such as the Data Tracking System (DTS) and REDCap.
  7. Assists with ongoing and retrospective clinical/outcome data collection for the CBCP as well as for special projects and collaborations.

Pathology Activities (5% of time):

  1. As needed, to support research staff:
    1. Prepares samples for shipment to offsite research facilities
    2. Orders and maintains inventory of supplies used for research activities
    3. Maintains equipment (freezers, centrifuge)

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Knowledge and expertise in working with breast related specimens.  Knowledge of basic laboratory equipment and supplies; ability to follow detailed instructions; ability to handle multiple tasks.  Ability to work independently and collaboratively.  Adheres to legal, professional and ethical codes with respect to confidentiality.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Master’s degree as a Pathology Assistant from an accredited program with a minimum of two years devoted to gross and microscopic aspects of tissue preparation for specialized studies with prior experience in a research setting and active contribution to research efforts.

Minimum Experience:  2 to 4 years as a Pathologists’ Assistant, preferably with research and/or biobanking experience

Hours: Full time 40 hrs./week.  No holidays.

Physical Capabilities:  Sustained standing and sitting; handling chemical solutions

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:  Certified Pathologists’ Assistant (ASCP)

Work Environment:  Laboratory and Office environment

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.

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