Pathologists’ Assistant II, Anatomical Pathology - Provincial Laboratory Medicine Services (PLMS) - Provincial Health Services Authority

Posting Date:Wed, 12 Jun 2024
Date to Apply By: Until Filled
Estimated Start Date: To be Determined
Address: #200 – 1333 W Broadway
City: Vancouver

Pathologists’ Assistant II, Anatomical Pathology
Provincial Laboratory Medicine Services
Vancouver, BC

What you’ll do

  • Prepare gross examination and complete dissection and dictation of surgical specimens including data collection and specimen receipt processes according to established policies and procedures. Obtain clinical history, laboratory data, x-rays and scans when indicated.
  • Prepare tissues for microscopic examination for intraoperative consultation, including orientation, cutting and staining.
  • Perform post-mortem examinations for medical purposes that may include external examination; evisceration; describing gross anatomical features; dissection; recording of organ weights and preparing tissues for histological processing.
  • Organize clinical information and correct legal authorization for post mortem examination.
  • Maintain necessary and accurate records of work done by using worksheets, unit sheets, quality control records and other report forms either manually or electronically using the Laboratory Information System (LIS) or other necessary computer systems or programs.
  • Maintain equipment and work areas in clean and usable condition by performing regularly scheduled maintenance, calibration, quality control and troubleshooting of instrument problems. Document and communicate all actions appropriately.
  • Accumulate, prepare, organize, and file designated material such as specimens, photographs, and documentation for continuing education and research programs.
  • Communicate needs for new or updated equipment to supervisor and assist with equipment evaluation and selection.
  • Participate in maintaining adequate inventory of supplies and reagents including preparation of reagents.
  • Demonstrate to staff and students the required procedures performed in a section or sections of the laboratory. Assist with orientation of staff to section as required.
  • Participate in safety programs at the site by following safety procedures and using safety equipment.
  • Participate in Quality Management or Quality Assurance programs by providing information and input to Team Lead, Technical Practice Lead, Pathologist or Medical Director.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


What you bring


  • Certification or eligible for certification with Canadian Certification Council of Pathologists' Assistants (CCCPA) certification.
  • Graduation from an approved Master’s Pathologist Assistant Program, two (2) years' recent surgical and autopsy pathology experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.


You will also have


  • Integrates best practice and current research evidence to support professional practice decisions and actions.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients, families, the public, medical staff and the members of the interdisciplinary team using, oral written and computer communication means.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively resolve conflict.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate and evaluate pertinent data (from multiple sources) to problem-solve and make decisions effectively.
  • Applies the problem solving process demonstrating critical thinking and decision-making skills using a systems approach.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize work, set objectives and establish priorities.
  • Manages time and resources, implements activities to promote cooperation among the interdisciplinary team, supervises responsibilities of others, and collaborates across disciplines.
  • Promotes staff morale, engagement, and risk-taking.
  • Demonstrates creative planning for change and innovations, implementation of LM Labs policies or other protocols, and ongoing professional development of self and others.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and a commitment to excellence in the provision of client care.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills with Laboratory information systems.
  • Demonstrated data analysis skills including appropriate data analysis and reporting tools.
  • Demonstrated ability in the use of e-mail and word processing.
  • Ability to operate other related equipment as required in the specific practice area.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • 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 (1.00 FTE)
$42.27 - $52.81/hour
Location: 855 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V5Z 1M9
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work: Variable days and start times
Requisition # 158195

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.

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Please use the following contact information to apply for this job:

Contact Name: Sonia Chau
Contact Address: #200 – 1333 W Broadway
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 604-714-2884
Contact Fax:

- last updated June 2023 -