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Surgical Pathology Assistant Job

Job Number: RIH19045

Job Title: Surgical Pathology Assistant

Department: Path Assistant & Dieners - 1012959

Facility: Rhode Island Hospital

Location: Providence, RI

Under close supervision and/or following standard procedures, provides routine assistance to pathologists, residents and pathologists’ assistants working in the surgical pathology suite, in performing autopsies and assisting in general departmental functions. Maintains the surgical suite and equipment in a clean and orderly condition and performs other duties as assigned; occasionally may be required to maintain morgue if diener is not available. Performs surgical pathology examinations, including gross dissections, photography, etc., under the supervision of the Director of Surgical Pathology, attending pathologists and pathologists’ assistants. The Surgical Pathology Assistant is assigned to the surgical pathology suite to perform autopsy functions.


Bachelors degree in biology.

Knowledge of anatomy in order to perform autopsies, dissect surgical specimens and process specimens for analysis and/or preservation.

Knowledge of anatomic pathology computer system functions.

Analytical ability to accurately identify specimens, interpret surgical accession slips, process specimens according to established procedures; maintains surgical instruments and related equipment.

Mathematical skills to measure and prepare solutions and regents, order and maintain inventories.


Three to six months experience to become familiar with job routine and instruments and equipment used in performing activities.