Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Chief, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service (P&LMS) will be responsible to the Chief of Staff; incumbents will be a licensed pathologist, board certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic and clinical pathology. Incumbent is qualified by virtue of documented training, expertise, and experience to assume professional, scientific, consultative, organizational, administrative, educational, and clinical research responsibilities for the service. Incumbent is responsible for directing and coordinating functions of the service based on the mission, special needs, and size of the facility; functions are diverse and encompass patient care, administration, education, and research. TECHNICAL: Incumbent makes judgments about the medical significance of clinical lab data and communicates effectively in interpreting and correlating lab data to providers; provides consultation to clinicians when appropriate. Responsible for P&LMS representation on committees such as Tumor Conference, Transfusion Review, Inpatient Care Board, Ancillary Testing, etc.; provides for expert consultation for transfusion related problems. Diagnosis of surgical and cytologic specimens; interact to provide expert consultative services to providers on follow-up case material. Perform and provide diagnosis on specimens obtained by fine-needle aspiration. Perform gross and microscopic examination of tissue and cytologic material and provide reports in a timely manner; perform post-mortem examinations and ensures subsequent provisional and final reports are completed within 60 days of initial exam. Ensure a quality improvement program is well defined, effectively implemented, and monitored to provide continuous improvements and cost-effective operations in the service. Develop and effective plan to monitor all work performed in the laboratory to determine reliability of data and efficiency in delivery of results to providers. Ensure the selection of all outside referral labs is made to provide quality of testing and cost efficiencies. Ensure the maintenance of comprehensive quality control, proficiency testing, and peer review programs to meet accrediting agency requirement. ADMINISTRATIVE: Provide cost-effective and efficient administration of the P&LMS, including budget planning and responsible fiscal management. Ensure sufficient numbers and types of qualified personnel are available to perform service work. Ensure compliance with accrediting agency requirements is met (JCAHO, CAP, FDA, OSHA). Ensure adequate space, equipment, and supplies are available to perform work of service. Ensure test requests are made by authorized providers; ensure requests provide all necessary patient and specimen information; ensure proper instructions are issued for specimen collection, handling, and processing. Ensure all tests are performed appropriately and in a timely manner; ensure results are readily available to the providers. Ensure work environment is safe, employees understand and follow all stated safety policies and procedures; ensure service is in compliance with applicable safety regulations. Provide educational direction for laboratory staff via in-service, continuing education, professional meetings, etc. Foster and support clinical research; plan and direct research and development when appropriate.
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