Tech Lab Asst, Histology/40 hrs./M-F 8:30a-5p
Partners Healthcare System
 Newton, MA



  • Transports surgical specimens from the operating room, minor procedure room, and adult GI unit.
  • Sorts and prioritizes specimens according to protocol.
  • Assigns accession number to each case and maintains patient identification and specimen integrity throughout the process.
  • Assists Pathologists' Assistant and/or Pathologist by maintaining pathology worksheet, including margins, section codes, special stains, type of specimen, etc.
  • Labels cassettes, according to protocol, using automated cassette labeler and/or manually.
  • Researches pertinent clinical information for specific cases, as requested by pathologist or pathology assistant.
  • Assists pathologist in frozen section room, by performing rapid staining on frozen section and/or touch prep slides.
  • Organizes and discards surgical specimens according to policy.
  • Maintains grossing area and frozen section room, including preparing solutions, in a clean and orderly manner.
  • Maintains inventory of all supplies.
  • Cross trains in other roles as needed.
  • Operates and maintains the tissue processors.
  • Operates automated stainer.
  • Operates the automated coverslipper.
  • Matches paperwork to slides and passes slides to assigned pathologist, according to protocol.
  • Maintains slide files and surgical block files.
  • Answers the telephone and interacts with clients to answer questions and resolve issues.
  • Registers patients in the Epic registration system adhering to current procedures including strict patient identification standards.
  • Orders tests in the Anatomic Pathology information system.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Follows all established departmental and laboratory policies, procedures, and protocols when performing all tasks.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy accompanied by flexibility to adapt to varying workloads must be applied each day.
  • Each problem is to be resolved in a professional and timely manner.
  • Any problem that cannot be resolved must be escalated to the next level (e.g. lead, technical specialist) for assistance.


  • Performs all duties in a consistently professional manner.
  • Demonstrates excellent customer service skills, especially when resolving problems and/or issues.
  • Efficiently and effectively handles the workload and adapts pace to accommodate increases or decreases in volume.
  • Maintains specimen identification and integrity throughout all processes.
  • Reports any and all problems with specimen submission by using LISET and/or the Safety Reporting System.
  • Attends departmental, laboratory, and hospital meetings.
  • Completes all training, both in-person and on-line, in a timely manner.
  • Contributes to positive culture and team-oriented environment.


The qualified candidate will perform the essential requirements in at least one of the three areas listed above.


High school diploma or equivalent, strong organizational skills, strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail, ability to solve problems, computer skills, and customer service skills are required. Prior laboratory experience preferred.