FT Pathologist Assistant


Sault Area Hospital

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario is located on the St. Mary’s River between Lake Huron and Lake Superior on the U.S. /Canadian border. The Sault has all the amenities of a regional urban centre, with both the Canadian wilderness and extraordinary vacation areas in northern Ontario and Michigan just minutes away. There is a strong cultural and arts basis in the community, and both winter and summer outdoor activities abound. The Sault has an excellent school system and offers a multitude of sports and artistic opportunities for children and adults alike. Sault Ste. Marie is served by three Canadian airlines as well as one major U.S. airline.Sault Area Hospital (SAH) is a new state-of-the-art facility recently opened in 2011. With approval for 291 inpatient beds and 14 Intensivist led ICU beds, SAH provides emergency, primary, secondary, selected tertiary and long-term care healthcare services to the city and the District of Algoma with a catchment population of approximately 115,000. Programs include the Algoma District Cancer Program and a Regional Renal Program.The Sault Area Hospital Laboratory Medicine Program services include medical biochemistry, hematopathology, transfusion services, medical microbiology, cytology, and surgical pathology. We seek to recruit General and/or Anatomical Pathologist(s) to fill our complement of four (4) fully-funded LMFFA Pathologist positions. Service duties will be predominately surgical pathology, cytopathology, and involvement in departmental activities. Announced in May 2015, Sault Area Hospital now operates a Regional Forensic Pathology Unit. It is only one of seven currently operating in the province. Participation in medicolegal autopsy service is an option


Sault Ste Marie


1. Preparation, gross description, dissection of human tissue surgical specimens and preparing tissue for histological processing.
2. Assure appropriate specimen accessioning.
3. Obtain clinical history, including scans, x-rays, laboratory data etc.
4. Photograph the body, organs, gross specimens, microscopic slides and other pertinent materials.
5. Perform duties relating to administrative maintenance of surgical pathology protocols, reports and data, including the filing of reports, protocols, photographic and microscopic slides; assuring the completion of specimen coding.
6. Assure proper maintenance of equipment, provision of adequate supplies, and cleanliness of the surgical pathology suite and related gross rooms.
7. Preparation of postmortem examinations.
8. Ascertain proper legal authorization for autopsy and complying with Sault Area Hospital “Pronouncement of Death and Death Protocol” (D-6, Nursing Standards Manual).
9. Retrieve the patient’s medical chart and other pertinent data for review with the attending pathologist(s).
10. Confer with the attending pathologist(s) to identify any special techniques and procedures to be utilized in the completion of the postmortem examination, (e.g. cultures, smears, histochemical, immunofluorescence, toxicological, viral, electron microscopy studies etc.), and notifying all personnel directly involved.
11. Notify the physician in charge, the funeral home, and all other appropriate authorities prior to the beginning of the autopsy; and the coordinating of any requests for special specimen sampling (e.g. organ transplantation, research, etc.).
12. Perform postmortem examinations, which may include: external examination; in situ organ inspection; evisceration; dissection and dictation or recording of data such as organ weights, presence of body fluids etc., and gross anatomic findings.
13. Select, preparing and submitting appropriate gross tissue sections for frozen section analysis as well as for light microscopy or other ancillary testing.
14. Obtain biological specimens such as blood, tissue and toxicological material for studies including flow cytometry, image analysis, immunohistochemistry etc.; and performing special procedures such as enucleation, inner ear bone dissection, spinal cord removal etc.
15. Gather and organize clinical information and data pertinent to the preparation of the preliminary summarization of the clinical history.
16. Prepare the body for release (including indicating the presence of biohazards such as contagious disease, radiation implants, etc.), and releasing the body to the appropriate mortuary or funeral home representative.
17. Assist in the organization and coordination of anatomic pathology conferences.
18. Other duties as assigned.


1. Master’s in Clinical Science Pathologists’ Assistant Graduate program or equivalent as approved by Lab Administration
2. Bachelor’s Degree (BSc) with subjects appropriate to the pathology laboratory and/or gross dissection experience or;
3. Graduate of a foreign medical school with appropriate gross dissection experience or;
4. MLT with gross dissection experience or;
5. ASCP certification; as well as related qualifications and gross dissection experience

1. Ability to maintain successful working relationships with the interdisciplinary team to achieve positive patient outcomes.
2. Knowledge of laboratory equipment maintenance and operation required.
3. Knowledge of sterile tissue culture conditions as required by assigned area.
4. Experience with voice dictation systems such as Dragon Dictation will be considered an asset.
5. Ability to work effectively and efficiently as a team member in a fast paced environment in stressful situations.
6. Customer service, interpersonal and telephone skills.
7. Computer literacy in a Microsoft environment.
8. Ability to organize time effectively to perform the duties of the position.
9. Ability to meet and interact with people in a pleasant, professional, responsible and reassuring manner.
10. Ability to read, write and communicate to perform the duties of the position.
11. Demonstrated behavior consistent with the hospital’s Mission, ICCARE Values and Employee Standards of Performance.

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31.87-42.71 per hour



Sault Area Hospital

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750 Great Northern Road


705-759-3434 ext 2463



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