Pathologist's Assistant - [DSD-654]

Pathologist's Assistant - [DSD-654]

19 Mar
University Health Network

19 Mar

University Health Network


Job Posting #873130

Position: Pathologist's Assistant (2 Positions)

Site: Toronto General Hospital

Department: Surgical Pathology

Reports to: Manager, Pathology

Pay Scale: $33.47 - $41.83 per hour (Commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN Compensation Policy)

Hours: up to 7.5 hours per week

Status: Causal

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Pathologist's Assistant in our Surgical Pathology Department.

The Energy of the City. The Rewards of a Great Career.

The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital,

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Michener Institute of Education. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of groundbreaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.

About the Position: 

The Pathologists’ Assistant is assigned to both the Division of Surgical Pathology and to the Division of Autopsy Pathology. The Pathologist's Assistant reports to the Departmental Manager for operational tasks, and the Medical Directors of service for the delegated tasks in surgical pathology and autopsy.

In the Surgical Pathology lab, the Pathologist Assistant describes and dictates the findings of specimens during grossing procedures; photographs specimens, participates in quality management activities and adheres to established safe practices to promote a safe working environment for all. Working knowledge of medico-legal policies and protocol for specimen handling, autopsy, and patient privacy are essential.


- Bachelors of Science or MLT with advanced level courses in anatomy and physiology

- Experience in Surgical Pathology specimen gross required

- Graduate of a PA training program preferred (Graduate of a NAACLS accredited PA Masters’ degree program preferred)

- Current CCCPA and/or ASCP certification or ability to certified required

- Knowledge of anatomy and physiology with special emphasis on the pathological presentation of disease

- Strong observational skills and exceptional attention to detail

- Ability to work effectively in a multi-functional group that includes medical personnel, other pathologist assistants, MLTs, lab assistants and clerical staff

- Working knowledge of standard safety precautions and good lab hygiene

- Working knowledge of safe chemical handling, storage protocols and emergency spill procedures

- Working knowledge of safe operation of hand or electrically driven saws

- Practical use of digital photography

- Experience with tissue sampling for the purpose of frozen section examination

- Computer literacy in windows based applications

- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and problem recognition and problem solving skills

- Good interpersonal skills and good analytical skills

- Ability to work independently under minimal supervision

- Ability to work effectively as a team member

- Ability to demonstrate compassion and empathy when dealing with families of deceased

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

Posted Date: March 18, 2021        Closing Date: April 8, 2021

University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.

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