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Histotechnologist Surgical Pathology Tech Job

Job Number: RIH15912

Job Title: Histotechnologist Surgical Pathology Tech

Department: Anatomic Pathology - 1012953

Facility: Rhode Island Hospital

Location: Providence, RI

The level of knowledge generally associated with a Bachelor’s Degree with licensure to perform diagnostic laboratory tests in the State of Rhode Island.

Certification in at least one of the three areas of laboratory (HT, HTL, EMSA or Immunohistochemistry).

Knowledge of all areas of surgical/anatomical pathology to include histochemistry, enyme histochemistry, immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy in order to prepare specimens for microscopic evaluation.

Analytical ability to troubleshoot instrumentation and quality control problems; to evaluate new procedures.

Ability to accurately to prepare dilution’s for immunohistochemistry.

Ability to manipulate and mount microscopic tissues and sections onto slides and/or grids and to operate an ultra microtome rotary microtome and cryostat.

Ability to perform gross and microscopic examination of histologic slides for quality control purposes.

Interpersonal communication skills to effectively interact with each section as needed as well as with pathologist and residents and fellows.

Ability to remain flexible in each of the specialty areas in one or more of the surgical/anatomical laboratories.

Ability to stand, lift and carry supplies for storage and utilization, and to work at the laboratory benches.

Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care patients with consideration of aging processes, human development stages and cultural patterns in each step of the care process.


At least two years experience in surgical pathology laboratory with progressively more responsibility and experience in histology, neuropathology, immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy.

Under the general supervision of the Pathology Manager and in accordance with established policies and procedures performs various complex surgical/anatomical procedures in one or more of the surgical/anatomical laboratories of the Pathology Department. Prepares surgical and post-mortem specimens of human body tissue and body fluids for microscopic evaluation by a Pathologist and prepares surgical specimens for ultrastructure or immunohistochemical examinations as requested. Assists manager in maintaining quality control, in developing new procedures, in troubleshooting instrumentation and lab related problems in all sections of surgical pathology.