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The Mount Sinai Health System Autopsy Technician - Pathology - Full Time/Days in New York, New York

Strength Through Diversity

Ground breaking science. Advancing medicine. Healing made personal.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • In cooperation with Medical Records and Nursing Departments, handles papers connected with the processing of a death and the release of the remains, including, but not limited to, the Death Certificate, Autopsy Permission, Funeral Director’s release, and Anatomical Gift forms.

  • Obtains the chart and necessary papers for any cases to be autopsied, verifies accuracy of permission, notifies the pathologist-on-call, transports the remains to the autopsy room, and releases remains upon completion of the autopsy and upon receipt of proper documents. Arranges transfer of deceased to MSH for autopsies as needed.

  • Maintains all instruments in good condition, prepares instruments and tables for autopsies and gross review conferences, cleans instruments and disinfects, using appropriate techniques as directed.

  • Assists the pathologist(s) in the performance of the autopsy as directed. May assist in such procedures as initial incision, evisceration, and removal of brain—always under the direction of and in the presence of the pathologist.

  • Upon completion of the autopsy, packs, sutures, washes and wraps remains for transport to the morgue and subsequent release.

  • Assures the proper identification of all containers, tissues, etc. Stores and retrieves such containers and specimens and, as directed, disposes of the same.

  • Keeps all required records and log books in a neat, legible and current manner with great accuracy.

  • Bags, stores, and record tissue for long term storage.

  • Maintains the Frozen Section room, autopsy room, holding area and preparation areas in clean and safe condition. Properly uses correct cleaning materials and disinfectants.

  • Assists in the handling of anatomical material used in Medical School laboratories, including the receipt and the disposition of cadavers.

  • Prepares formalin solution and other chemical solutions as required. Prepares reagents for the Frozen Section Room and changes reagents daily.

  • Maintains gross dissecting areas for surgical pathology and pediatric pathology. Performs daily and weekly maintenance of Cryostat.

  • May assist in photograph of specimens and in the accurate labeling of films.

  • Functions as liaison between pathology staff, funeral directors, nursing personnel, medical records staff, attending and resident staff in other departments.

  • Ensures adequate supplies in all areas assigned (Autopsy, Grossing, and Frozen section rooms). Maintains accurate supply inventory. Ensures reagents are labeled with date received and date opened.

  • Participates as requested in the training of other technical personnel, students, etc.

  • Observes all safety procedures and promptly reports all laboratory accidents.

  • Informs supervisor of any unusual circumstances.

  • Works with other employees, scientists, physicians and patients or their families as required in a pleasant and cooperative manner.

  • Learns and conforms to all institutional, departmental and governmental policies as requirements.

  • Performs related duties as required.

Education Requirements:

High school diploma required

Associates Degree strongly preferred

Experience Requirements:

Medical terminology and computer experience preferred.

Licensing and Certification Requirements:


Computer Skills:

Microsoft Office - Beginner

General Skills and Competencies:

Must be able to work with dead bodies

Tolerate occasional unpleasant odors, sights and other situations

Acquire and maintain manual skills necessary for accurate discretion

Be extremely accurate, particularly in tasks associated with the identification and release of bodies and other tissues, the maintenance of records and compliance with procedures and regulations.

Perform basic laboratory calculations accurately.

Maintain written records accurately and legibly.

Work with toxic chemicals in a safe manner, without hypersensitivity reaction.

Follow written and verbal instructions accurately and with good judgement.

Lift and move heavy weights, using appropriate mechanical aids as necessary.

Cooperate with scientific and medical personnel and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using English.

Maintain a neat an orderly appearance.

Observe all precautions related to infectious disease.

Follow the policies of the Medical Center as outlined in the Personnel Policy Manual.

Strength Through Diversity

The Mount Sinai Health System believes that diversity and inclusion is a driver for excellence. We share a common devotion to delivering exceptional patient care. Yet we’re as diverse as the city we call home- culturally, ethically, in outlook and lifestyle. When you join us, you become a part of Mount Sinai’s unrivaled record of achievement, education and advancement as we revolutionize healthcare delivery together.

We work hard to recruit and retain the best people, and to create a welcoming, nurturing work environment where you have the opportunity and support to develop professionally. We share the belief that all employees, regardless of job title or expertise, have an impact on quality patient care.

Explore more about this opportunity and how you can help us write a new chapter in our story!

Who We Are

Over 38,000 employees strong, the mission of the Mount Sinai Health System is to provide compassionate patient care with seamless coordination and to advance medicine through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve.

Formed in September 2013, The Mount Sinai Health System combines the excellence of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with seven premier hospitals, including Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Brooklyn, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt), Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.

The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We promote recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background, or sexual orientation.

EOE Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans