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Sutter Health Pathologist Assistant Per Diem in Palo Alto, California

Position Overview:

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Performs gross description and dissection of surgical tissue under the direction and supervision of a pathologist. Prepares tissue specimens for gross and microscopic examination, specimen accessioning, set-up for gross examination and tissue processing.

  • Selects and identify tissue for microscopic study

  • Determines proper fixative solutions in which tissue will be maintained.

  • Dictates gross findings on selected specimens using appropriate terminology

  • Refers complex tissue specimens to pathologist for review

  • Labels, store, and discard remaining wet tissue in accordance with standard operating procedures.Performs decalcification, frozen sections, and other intra-operative procedures in accordance with standard operating procedures.

  • Trains and provides daily oversight of specimen accessioning and set-up for gross examination in histology

  • Provides initial training for new laboratory assistants and grossing technicians.

  • Ensures that all training documentation is complete and signed by the appropriate individuals

  • Update and revise training materials and documents as needed.

  • Assures accession accurancy of tissue specimens for gross examinationEnsures adequate supplies for gross examination of tissue specimens and frozen sections



  • BS in Biological Science or related field;

  • Certification by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) as a Pathologists' Assistant within one (1) year of hire.


Previous experience assisting with gross description and dissection of surgical tissue

Organization: Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Employee Status: Regular

Employee Referral Bonus: No

Benefits: No

Position Status: Non-Exempt

Union: No

Job Shift: Day/Evening

Shift Hours: 8 Hour Shift

Days of the Week Scheduled: Monday-Friday

Weekend Requirements: Saturday-Sunday

Schedule: Per Diem

Hrs Per 2wk Pay Period: Per Diem

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, registered domestic partner status, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin (including possession of a driver's license issued to individuals who did not present proof of authorized presence in the U.S.), age, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or protected veteran status, political affiliation, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical condition, genetic information or any other characteristic made unlawful by local, state, or federal law, ordinance or regulation. External hires must pass a background check/drug screening. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state, and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.