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Manager Technical II - Surgical Pathology Lab - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP)

Job ID: 140398
Category: Management/Leadership
Work Type: FT
Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States
Date Posted: Jul 5, 2022
Work Schedule: Based upon the needs of the department

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Penn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.

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The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) is looking for a Manager Technical II to join the Surgical Pathology Lab team. The selected candidate will have the following responsibilities. 

• Manages the daily technical operations of 3 gross laboratories and autopsy services in compliance with all regulatory requirements of College of American Pathologists (CAP), Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), and Pennsylvania Department of Health. 

• Ensures gross laboratory staff checks the proper submission of pathology specimen. Maintains accession records necessary to confirm specimen identity and ensures correct fixation of the specimen received. 

• Collaborates with specimen submitting departments to ensure proper submission of specimens and documentation. 

• Trains residents, fellows, gross technician and PA I’s in frozen section preparation. 

• Ensures gross staff performs gross dissection and accurately dictates the gross description of the specimen received. 

• Evaluates gross staff’s dissection, dictation and provides mediation to those that do not meet the division standards. 

• Develops processes to improve patient safety within the gross room. 

• Ensures gross rooms are stocked and physically maintained in accordance with the established guidelines of the department and the needs of the residency program. 

• Ensures work allocation among gross staff is fair while maintaining an acceptable level of efficiency. 

• Ensures accurate, safe and timely processing of tissue from accessioning through submission to process lab to maintain patient safety and division’s expected TAT. 

• Works with Managers and other division supervisors to develop processes that improve patient safety, department efficiency and overall department TAT. 

• Develops a plan to cross train pathologists’ assistants in surgical pathology gross laboratories and Medical Pathology Autopsy in accordance with the requirements of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and in accordance with pathology and safety department policies. 

• Ensures maintenance of skills learned in cross training by managing a work rotation schedule for pathologist’s assistants to ensure all gross dissection laboratories are adequately covered in times of emergency, high volume and staff turnover. 

• Works with Operations and Quality Managers to develop and maintain QA measures that ensure patient safety and laboratory efficiency. 

• Performs the assigned tasks and other duties. Functions in the capacity of a professional pathologist assistant in a busy academic medical center.

    Education or Equivalent Experience:

    • Bachelor's Degree and Possess the ability to perform tasks that require accurate and specific color distinction.
    • 2+ years of experience managing high volume clinical labs while meeting superior customer satisfaction expectations and knowledge of and ability to manage, the general hazards encountered when working with potentially infectious materials, hazardous chemicals, radioisotopes and laboratory equipment.
    • PA (ASCP)CM Or other equivalent certification (ASCP) CM
    • Master’s Degree preferred and Possess the ability to perform tasks that require accurate and specific color distinction (Preferred)
    • Additional education and or training in Management or Lab Management

      We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

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