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Value-added benefits and utilization of pathologists' assistants.
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PMID:  23194050     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Context.-The role of pathologists' assistants (PAs) in terms of surgical and autopsy prosection has been well established; however, the role of PAs in areas beyond surgical and autopsy pathology, such as laboratory administration and management, education, and research, is not so well understood. Objective.-To determine the scope and extent of ancillary duties (value-added benefits) performed by PAs. Design.-A self-administered, electronic survey was disseminated to all members of the American Association of Pathologists' Assistants with fellowship status to analyze the ancillary duties PAs provide in laboratory administration and management, education, and research. Results.-Respondents were from 44 states and most had 6 or more years of experience in various work settings: community hospitals (50%), academic hospitals (30%), private pathology laboratories (15%), and "other" settings (5%). Most were involved in quality assurance programs (64.0%), laboratory accreditation inspections (56.2%), and a large percentage (44.4%) also had direct supervisory experience. Roughly 36% of respondents reported training residents in prosection skills in a clinical setting, while a small percentage reported teaching for-credit courses in a classroom setting (4.9%). The primary research responsibility was fresh tissue procurement for tumor banking (52.7%). Conclusions.-Pathologists' assistants currently are involved in ancillary duties beyond surgical and autopsy prosection. Our findings indicate that PAs have a desire to become more involved in these duties, and there is opportunity for pathologists to benefit further by using PAs to the full extent of their knowledge, skills, and interests.
John Vitale; Reed Brooks; Michael Sovocool; W Rae Rader
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine     Volume:  136     ISSN:  1543-2165     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Pathol. Lab. Med.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7607091     Medline TA:  Arch Pathol Lab Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1565-70     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
From the Pathologists' Assistant Department, Rosalind Franklin University, North Chicago, Illinois (Mr Vitale and Mr Brooks); the Department of Surgical Pathology, Pathology Associates of Syracuse, P.C., Syracuse, New York (Mr Sovocool); and the Department of Surgical Pathology, Pathology Associates Ltd, Phoenix, Arizona (Mrs Rader).
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