Pathologist Assistant

Job Requisition #: JR70362

End Date: 6/30/2024

Location: Newark, Delaware

Position Type: Professional

Shift: Day Shift, No Rotation

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Christiana Care is seeking a full-time Pathologists' Assistant to join our team of 9 pathologists and 4.75 PAs. You'll be working alongside a cohesive and supportive group of PAs with a longevity of 20 years with the group.

The specimens include a variety of types ranging from small GI biopsies to complicated cancer resections, including multiple specimens from outside surgical center and doctors' offices.  Autopsies cases are rotated amongst PAs with the assistance of an autopsy technician.

The Pathologist Assistant will perform the gross examination of surgical specimens, autopsy prosections, and related tasks in Anatomic Pathology. Will work collaboratively with Pathologists, the Lead Pathologists' Assistant, clinical lab staff and leadership, operations leadership, and colleagues to provide clinical support for pathology specimens, billing, and management in the inpatient and outpatient settings.

Description & Details:

  • The PA will be part of a great team consisting of 9 Pathologists and 4.75 PAs.

  • Exam eligible new graduates welcome to apply!

  • Approximately 27,000 annual surgical cases.

  • Approximately 65 autopsies annually (combined adult and fetal).

  • No pathology residents.

Work Schedule:

  • Mondays - Fridays: Day shift

  • No weekend, late nights, or holidays.

  • Opportunity for great work-life balance!

Benefits & Incentives

  • Full Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, etc.

  • Two retirement planning offerings, including 403(b) with company contributions.

  • Generous paid time off with annual roll-over and opportunities to cash out.

  • Paid time and stipend to attend continuing education conferences each year.

  • 12 week paid parental leave.

  • Tuition assistance

  • Incredible Work/Life benefits including annual membership to, access to backup care services for dependents through Care@Work, retirement planning services, financial coaching, fitness and wellness reimbursement, and great discounts through several vendors for hotels, rental cars, theme parks, shows, sporting events, movie tickets, insurance and much more!

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responds to Pathologists' Assistant team priorities based on patient/specimen needs and acts on these accordingly.

  • Performs surgical grossing work at Christiana Care Network sites based on volume requirements and at the direction of laboratory scheduling created by the Lead Pathologists' Assistant.

  • Performs necessary diagnostic testing and directs appropriate request of ancillary studies, within scope of practice and credentials.

  • Uses the electronic medical record (EMR) for gathering appropriate clinical information to optimize specimen handling and testing.

  • Utilizes teaching/learning principles coupled with an expert clinical knowledge to promote and provide education and counseling to PAs, physicians, and laboratory staff.

  • Assures appropriate specimen accessioning, set-up, triage, and verification of unique patient identifiers.

  • Performs macroscopic description and dissection of all surgical specimens to include current CAP guidelines and prepare tissue for histologic processing.

  • Assists with autopsy procedures, assuring confirmation of decedent identification, performing organ dissection, submitting tissue blocks, communicating with the responsible pathologist, and completion of gross report.

  • Obtains pertinent gross surgical and autopsy photographs.

  • Obtains tissue samples for ancillary testing, including flow cytometry, culture, and cytogenetics.

  • Assures that surgical pathology and autopsy specimens are grossed in a timely fashion to meet required turn-around-time for reporting.

  • Assists pathologists with frozen sections, including immediate communication to the pathologist of pertinent gross findings.

  • All other related job duties assigned.


  • Completion of a NAACLS accredited Pathologists' Assistant program

  • Certified, or eligible for certification, by the American Society of Clinical Pathology

  • Member of the American Association of Pathologists' Assistants (AAPA)

  • Continuing Medical Education: 60 credits every 3 years to include 1 credit each for safety and medical ethics.

At ChristianaCare, we are guided by our values of Love and Excellence and are passionate about delivering health, not just health care.

Feel free to apply and come join us at ChristianaCare!


EEO Statement: Christiana Care Health System is an equal opportunity employer, firmly committed to prohibiting discrimination, whose staff is reflective of its community, and considers qualified applicants for open positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

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At ChristianaCare, we’re committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect. We believe in a safe, inclusive work environment that fosters collaboration between caregivers from all walks of life. We know that each unique viewpoint is vital in delivering high-quality, safe patient care to everyone who walks through our doors. Our policies, benefits, hiring practices, employee resource groups, and corporate citizenship demonstrate our commitment to inclusion and diversity throughout our system.

Why do we embrace inclusion and diversity? For the Love of Health.

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We serve together in Love and Excellence. Our unique values, Love and Excellence are bold and powerful, and they are the reason why working for ChristianaCare is special. The behaviors associated with our values guide how caregivers interact with everyone they work with and make for an exceptional work experience. We believe that when you lead with Love, Excellence is inevitable.


ChristianaCare’s comprehensive total rewards package is one of the most competitive in the region. We are proud to offer excellent benefits that reflect the organization’s commitment to being exceptional today and even better tomorrow.

At ChristianaCare, we provide access to high-quality and affordable benefits designed to meet our caregivers where they are. You can tailor your benefits to meet your needs now and adjust them as your priorities change.

Take advantage of ChristianaCare’s wide-ranging benefit offerings from supporting optimal health through medical, prescription, dental and vision coverage to valuable wellness and work/life programs, which include paid parental leave, coverage for infertility and assisted reproductive technologies, an employer-funded short-term disability program, and more.

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