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Job Summary

Assists the pathologist in the preparation and performance of human surgical specimen dissection and dictation.


  • Performing and assuring appropriate specimen accessioning, summarization of patient’s medical history, gross description and examination of surgical specimens, submission of tissue samples for histologic and other testing, and process/preserve all gross specimens.

  • Set up and photo documentation of pertinent surgical specimens.

  • Performing frozen sections with cryostat and staining circuit maintenance.

  • Performing fetal examinations on specimens under the age of 27 weeks.

  • Assists with training of pathology residents and fellows.

  • Assists staff with procuring, logging and dissemination of tissue with research projects and other studies.

  • Provides an administrative role in management of workflow in the dissection labs and aids in QC/QA responsibilities.

  • Aids in supervision of histotechnology personnel, pathology residents and fellows in the dissection labs.

  • Aids in updating Master Control documentation including online cutting manual and other lab policies and procedures.

  • Participation in quality and safety programs/meetings as they pertain to the gross dissection labs.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor’s degree in Pathologist Assistant program plus national certification as a pathologists’ assistant from the American Association of Pathologists’ Assistants (AAPA) and / or ASCP certification.  Solid verbal and written communication skills.  Ability to maintain confidentiality.  Ability to professionally and collegiately interact with clinical community, administration and management.  Ability to use current techniques, computer programs and equipment in pathology.  Solid understanding of histology and anatomic pathology a must.

Desired Qualifications*

Master’s degree in a Pathologist Assistant program.

Work Schedule

This 40 hour position is on the evening shift exact schedule may vary. 

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.