Pathology Support Tech - Histopathology CDH, Full-time, Days

Pathology Support Tech - Histopathology CDH, Full-time, Days

13 Jul 2020

Pathology Support Tech - Histopathology CDH, Full-time, Days

Job Description


Pathology Support Tech reflects the mission, vision, and values of Northwestern Memorial, adheres to the organization's Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.


  • Provides assistance to all staff pathologists and residents with pickup, delivery, and order entry of tissue specimens into the laboratory computer system.
  • Preparation of tissues for gross examination.
  • Customer service (specimen collection and receipt information) via phone and direct communication.
  • Responsible for communication with clients, clinics, operating rooms, pathologists, residents, and supervisors regarding specimen problems.
  • Receive specimens in the surgical pathology laboratory per SOP.
  • Document specimen receipt and reconcile specimen logs with appropriate follow-up as necessary.
  • Verify specimen and requisition meet acceptable criteria per SOP. Take necessary corrective action with appropriate OR, clinic, or physician's office to resolve any specimen and/or requisition discrepancies or deficiencies.
  • Prioritize specimen processing based on established guidelines.
  • Accession specimens into the Laboratory Information System.
  • Label requisitions and specimen containers accurately.
  • Generate accurately labeled tissue cassettes.
  • Maintain specimen storage areas, including triaging surgical and autopsy specimens qualifying for disposal and discarding specimens per SOP.
  • Answer routine inquiries related to specimen handling and case status, triage department phone calls appropriately.
  • Maintain a clean and safe work environment to ensure efficient workflow and compliance with all regulatory requirements.
  • Clean, disinfect, and perform routine maintenance in specimen receiving/accessioning area per SOP.
  • Perform minor spill cleanup per SOP when necessary.
  • Maintain supply stock.
  • Personal protective equipment is provided by the laboratory and is worn in the department due to exposure to biohazardous and/or chemically hazardous materials.




  • High School Requirement: Upon hire must provide hard copy of high school diploma or equivalency and/or transcripts. Must provide proof of Education as stated in the CLIA guidelines.


  • Prior work experience in laboratory support or health related experience.

Additional Information

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

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