Pathologists’ Assistant | UCSF Campus and Health | San Francisco, CA

Job Summary
Under the direction of the directors, serves as a technical expert in UCSF Surgical Pathology Gross Rooms, providing technical assistance and direction to trainees and pathologists’ assistants (PAs). The primary role of the incumbent is practitioner, educator and role model for trainees and staff members in grossing the most complex cancer specimens (pancreas, breast, bladder, uterus, ovary, etc.) as well as simple benign resections and biopsies. It is the role of the PA to continuously interact with the laboratory director(s), site managers, supervisors and designees. The incumbent determines the need to consult with a pathologist, makes technical grossing decisions, troubleshoots and resolves specimen receiving issues. The incumbent must have the basic knowledge of the full scope of general PA technical duties in the laboratory when required (lab preparation, receiving, accessioning, performing an intraoperative evaluation including cryostat frozen sectioning and staining, gross sectioning, dictation, photography, etc.). The incumbent must also have a thorough understanding of what and why these sections are essential, and perform duties efficiently (focusing on quality and quantity). As determined, works variable schedules and rotates at other work sites as needed. Provides technical support to the Autopsy Service and Histology Laboratory as needed. Other duties as assigned.

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Required Qualifications

  • A graduate from a National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) accredited pathologists’ assistant training program.
  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • ASCP certified or certification-eligible as pathologists’ assistant
  • Certification-eligible candidates must pass the certification examination within one year of hire.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in teaching, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Flexibility to orient and work in all UCSF Medical Center locations as needed.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology, specifically understanding of Pathology.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize responsibilities and perform well under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent data entry, word processing, spelling, grammar, and editing skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree.
  • Current Fellow member of the American Association of Pathologists’ Assistants (AAPA).
  • Current Member of the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
  • Previous leadership experience in a hospital laboratory.
  • Experience working in the Pathology Department of an academic health center.


  • ASCP certified or certification-eligible as pathologists’ assistant.
  • Certification-eligible candidates must pass the certification examination within one year of hire.
  • Once achieved, American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification must be maintained as long as one works in this position.

About UCSF
At UCSF Health, our mission of innovative patient care, advanced technology and pioneering research is redefining what’s possible for the patients we serve – a promise we share with the professionals who make up our team.

Consistently ranked among the top 10 hospitals nationwide by U.S. News & World Report – UCSF Health is committed to providing the most rewarding work experience while delivering the best care available anywhere. In an environment that allows for continuous learning and opportunities for professional growth, UCSF Health offers the ideal atmosphere in which to best use your skills and talents.Pride Values
UCSF is a diverse community made of people with many skills and talents. We seek candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence – also known as our PRIDE values.

In addition to our PRIDE values, UCSF is committed to equity – both in how we deliver care as well as our workforce. We are committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care. Additional information about UCSF is available at

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