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Pathologists' Assistant Supervisor, Anatomical Pathology - Provincial Medicine Laboratory Services (PLMS)

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Job Description

Pathologists' Assistant Supervisor, Anatomical Pathology

Provincial Medicine Laboratory Services

Vancouver, BC

What you'll do

  • Supervise staff by performing duties such as coordinating the day-to-day work activities and prioritization of activities organizes and implements orientation and training programs for new staff and students.
  • Supervise technical grossing activities within the Gross Room to bench Prosectionists and grossing technologists and provides oversight and assistance to grossing staff for:

o Grossing and dictation of surgical, and biopsy tissue specimens.

o Preparing tissues for microscopic examination for intraoperative consultation.

o Responsible to create, evaluate and implement new procedures/processes, equipment and instrumentation, dissection techniques and to ensure staff is instructed in their use.

o Maintaining extensive knowledge in dissection and dictation techniques/procedures and laboratory operation in order to evaluate, recommend and/or implement change.

o Assuring appropriate specimen accessioning and preparation.

o Gathering and organize pertinent clinical information and history including x-rays, scans, reports, operative records, photographs, laboratory testing results.

o Data entry into Laboratory Information System and generation of reports/labels including accession labels, worksheets, reports, logs.

o Performing technical gross dissection of all specimen types and complexities (L4E Levels I to VI).

o Preparing specimens for special procedures and referred out testing such as lymphoma protocol, cytogenetic studies, immunofluorescence and flow cytometry as required.

o Performing specimen photography, mapping sections and generating diagrams when appropriate.

o Maintenance of Gross Room protocols/procedures, reports and data.

o Assuring proper maintenance of equipment and adequate volume of supplies.

o Maintaining a clean and disinfected technical work area and related instrumentation according to established guidelines.

o Managing proper storage and disposal of biological specimens.

o Ensuring resolution of technical problems referred by staff.

o Meet with sales and technical representatives as requested.

o Ensuring Gross Room compliance with requirements for accurate and thoroughly documented quality control, quality assurance, instrument maintenance and service records, investigating and following up on quality measures/monitors.
  • Supervise the technical functions within the Morgue including specimen handling, dissections, staff and resident training and evaluation as well as quality control/improvement programs and provides oversight and assistance to morgue staff for:

o Verifying proper legal authorization for autopsy.

o Assuring proper transport, completeness of documentation and identification of decedents entering and leaving the morgue.

o Preparing the morgue suite and required tools, instrumentation and sample containers for post mortem examination.

o Performing adult and pediatric post-mortem examinations including: external examinations, in-situ organ inspection, evisceration, dissection and dictation as required.

o Obtaining biological specimens such as blood tissue and toxicological fluids/materials.

o Performing special autopsy techniques such as spinal cord removal as required.

o Assisting the pathologist and/or residents throughout the autopsy.

o Proper cleaning and disinfection of the morgue and related instrumentation and tools after a post-mortem examination according to established guidelines.

o Performing specimen photography.

o Liaising with Diagnostic Imaging to coordinate post-mortem imaging.

o Assuring proper maintenance of equipment and an adequate volume of supplies.

o Liaising with provincial and out of province coroners offices.
  • Develop operational guidelines, policies and procedures to ensure that the standards for quality are maintained. Provide leadership to technical and clerical staff on practice and operational issues through problem resolution.
  • Participating in interviewing and selection of new staff. Participating in the annual performance appraisal process. Providing support, coaching and performance feedback to employees. Investigating employee performance matters where corrective action or discipline is required. Issue discipline.
  • Responsible for the training of all new medical students, residents and students from the Pathologists' Assistant program.
  • Conducting independent research work under the supervision of a Pathologist and presenting the results/findings at scientific conferences, seminars, in laboratory meetings or in related settings.
  • Collaborating with relevant departments to assess the impact of research projects and establishing internal process for handling research activity.

What you bring


  • Certification or eligible for certification with Canadian Certification Council of Pathologists' Assistants (CCCPA).
  • Graduation from an approved Master's Pathologist Assistant Program, plus three (3) years' recent surgical and autopsy pathology experience, including one (1) year of supervisory/management experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

You will also have

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the standards of practice and guidelines for Pathologist's Assistants established by the CCCPA and/or other relevant national professional associations.
  • Demonstrated ability to function as a team member, leader, teacher, motivator, and facilitator and to coach and deal with others effectively and in a supportive manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with co-workers, medical personnel and other healthcare staff, both one-to-one and in groups.
  • Familiarity with principles of diagnostic anatomic pathology.
  • Diligence, meticulousness and exceptional organizational skills.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of organization policies, procedures, and standards of care, including practice of safe work procedures with discipline equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and benchmarks while consistently displaying a high level of attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated customer service skills in assessing and meeting the needs of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with all levels of scientific and clinical faculty, staff, trainees, and patients.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with deceased patients.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with sensitive information and data in a discrete and professional manner.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.).

What we bring

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That's why we're focused on your care too - offering health, wellness, development programs to support you - at work and at home.
  • Join one of BC's largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations - offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.

Job Type: Regular, Full-Time
$43.87 - $54.79/hour

Location: 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver BC, V6H 2N9
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work:
Rotating, 7.5 hour shifts between 0700 - 1700, including on call
Requisition #

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

What we do

Provincial Laboratory Medicine Services (PLMS) provides laboratory testing at 31 sites across the lower mainland and central coast of BC, including acute care hospital laboratories and specialty laboratories.

PLMS is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

The Provincial Health Services Authority ( PHSA ) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people - Be compassionate - Dare to innovate - Cultivate partnerships - Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs:

PHSA and PLMS are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments' unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey-one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.

ATTN: PHSA Employees:

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Please note the internal job posting will no longer be accessible after the expiry date of March 4, 2024. If the internal job posting has expired, please contact the Internal Jobs Help Desk and advise that you would like to be considered as a late internal applicant for this position. Please do not apply for the external job posting.

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About PHSA

Canada's first provincial health services authority. Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of BC. PHSA's primary role is to ensure that BC residents have access to a coordinated network of high-quality specialized health care services. PHSA operates provincial programs including BC Children's Hospital, BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre, BC Emergency Health Services, BC Cancer, BC Centre for Disease Control and BC Transplant. It is also responsible for specialized provincial health services like chest surgery and trauma services, which are delivered in a number of locations in the regional health authorities.


Government Health Care

Company Size

10,000+ employees

Application closing date is 2024-09-08

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