Autopsy Specialist Assistant / Per Diem / Pathology
Brigham & Women's Hospital(BWH)

Boston, Massachusetts

GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT: Summarize the nature and level of work performed.

In the Department of Pathology, the Pathology Specialist Assistant works under very close and direct supervision of the Technical Operations Manager. Performs general support tasks that are necessary for ensuring the continuity of the laboratory operations. Maintains laboratory equipment and facilities. Provides assistance to the Pathology Specialists and departmental staff. Under the direction of the manager, performs other support tasks. The Department of Pathology Autopsy Suite contains a morgue with a capacity of 25, an isolation room, and general autopsy suite. The Morgue receives approximately 1,300 deaths annually. The Autopsy Service receives approximately 300 autopsies annually from inpatient and outpatient facilities.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Indicate key 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.

General Support Responsibilities: Functions under very close and direct supervision of the Manager.

  • Prepares benches, workstations, general lab surfaces, tools, and containers for each day's workload. Organizes instruments and dissecting supplies for each station appropriate to its service.
  • Inventories and maintains adequate supplies in an organized fashion. Such supplies consisting of but not limited to clean dissecting instruments, specimen containers, personal protective equipment, pathology workstation supplies, chemical reagents, and all other supplies and consumables needed. This will be a daily task due to unpredictable patterns of use as well as limited storage space for stocking consumable supplies.
  • Properly prepares infectious biohazardous waste for transport in a manner that meets the requirements of BWH Environmental Safety and Health Policy.
  • Organizes and files pathology specimens in an established, organized specimen storage system. Assists Pathology Residents and Senior Staff in specimen retrieval to permit additional diagnostic testing.
  • Transports routine and special specimens within the hospital, maintaining diagnostic viability and specimen integrity for each case.
  • Monitor Satellite Accumulation Areas (SAA) within the various anatomic pathology laboratories. Transport chemical wastes in compliance with MWRA and hospital regulations. Transfer waste formalin from workstations to SAA.
  • Assists staff as appropriate with routine and special projects.
  • Maintains established department policies, procedures and objectives, including the areas of quality assurance, safety, environmental and infection control.
  • Follows all Joint Commission Patient Safety Goals and related BWH Laboratory and Hospital Policies.
  • Performs all other duties and responsibilities as directed.

  • Assists in setting up equipment and preparing patient's body for autopsy according to protocol.
  • Limited participation in evisceration, under direct observation. May include but not limited to running bowel, provide suction for measuring fluids, and assisting with traction.
  • Assists in washing and wrapping remains for removal by funeral home.

  • Responsible for adult and perinatal remains accountability. All remains are to be identified daily and cross referenced with the Morgue Log Book. Any discrepancies should be documented and a BWH Safety Report filed.
  • Assist Funeral Directors, Medical Examiner, and New England Organ Bank with decedent identification, removals, viewings, and organ harvests.
  • Assist Chaplaincy, Social Work, and Nursing by preparing patients for viewings per request of family/next of kin.
  • Inventory any patient belongings left in the Morgue with the Technical Operations Manager. Non-soiled belongings will be brought to Patient & Family Relations. Valuables will be brought to the Cashier's Office. All belongings are documented in the Patient Belongings Accountability Log Book.

  • Qualifications
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Other qualifications as described in the Federal Register, 42 CFR, Subpart M 493.1403-1495
  • Associates or bachelor's degree including 2 years college level courses in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Funeral Directing or other related Health Science, preferred.

    • Basic knowledge in medical terminology and human anatomy.
    • Ability to work under close supervision.
    • Possess organizational skills, time management skills, multitask, and detail oriented.
    • Basic proficiency in most Microsoft Office applications- Excel, Word, and Outlook.
    • Ability to use hospital and departmental computer programs.
    • Must demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills to permit collaborative and effective working relationships with intra and extra departmental employees.

    EEO Statement
    Brigham and Women's Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.

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