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Tissue Coordinator - Anatomic Pathology - Days @ HUP

Job ID: 175793
Category: Medical Laboratory/Pathology
Work Type: FT
Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States
Date Posted: Mar 16, 2023
Work Schedule: Full Time Day Shift

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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.

Today at Penn Medicine, someone will make a breakthrough. Someone will heal a heart, deliver hopeful news, and give comfort and reassurance. Our employees shape our future each day. Are you living your life's work?

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) is looking for a Tissue Coordinator (Full Time/Day Shift) to join the Anatomic Pathology team!


  • Tissue Coordinator evaluates, procures, processes, tracks and distributes human tissue biopsy samples and fine needle aspirations for molecular pathology and genomic testing under the direction of supervisor. As a member of the Molecular Anatomic Pathology (MAP) service, the coordinator works collaboratively with the oncologists and the pathologists to determine the best archival tissue for testing. Coordinates with in-network and outside hospitals to arrange for procurement of material in a short time frame. Communicate delays or issues that may impact patient treatment to key stakeholders. The ability to handle multiple tasks, triage priorities, and function in a fast-paced clinician driven environment is essential.


  • Coordinates collaboratively with physician practices to identify new patients and arrange for the acquisition of reports/blocks/slides from health system hospitals and outside organizations. Assists in the day-to-day coordination of tissue and/or report retrieval activities, electronic order entry, procurement, shipping, storage, and submission of material for review and testing.
  • Correctly retrieves and submits the appropriate human tissue for clinical diagnosis, molecular pathology, and/or clinical trial. Processes samples in a timely fashion following specific SOP, protocol requirements, and the established workflows. Woks with UPHS pathologists to expedite the case review for tumor selection and adequacy determination and ensures that the corresponding pathology report is verified by the pathologist and is available to the ordering provider.
  • Communicates with the appropriate UPHS network and reference sites to ensure proper follow up to obtain any necessary clarification or test order. Submits material to the labs on-time and routinely tracks the progress of the requested testing utilizing electronic and manual tools.
  • Monitors pending requests and communicates delays and issues to the key stakeholders. Implements steps to minimize pre-analytical delays.
  • Meets deadlines and is responsive to requests, exemplifying in his/her actions the principals of collegiality and collaboration at all times. Seeks clarity to ensure understanding, keeps work processes reasonable and simple, and balances priorities. Effectively communicates and ensures understanding of the Penn Medicine mission, vision, and values in his/her daily work.
  • Other tasks and duties as needed to support the clinical mission of the department of pathology and laboratory medicine.

    Education or Equivalent Experience:

    • Bachelor of Arts or Science (Preferred) in biological, clinical or life sciences B.S.
    • At least 60 semester hrs. of education to include: 24 semester hours of science course work, including six semester hrs. of chemistry, six semester hrs. of biology and twelve semester hrs. of chemistry, biology, or medical laboratory technology in any combinations AND Two years of experience in tissue banking or coordinating genomic testing on tumor samples in hospital or reference labs (Required)
    • Prior experience with Laboratory Information Systems/Penn Chart (Preferred)

    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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    We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

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