Allied Health Careers in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Penn Medicine
Rare, specialized techniques and broadening knowledge while opening the door for greater career growth is what employees want. They can have it with Penn Medicine.
As one of the premiere health care systems in the nation, Penn Medicine is busy preparing its laboratories for the future. It is currently collaborating with several area schools to develop more advanced laboratory programs at the collegiate level to bring more dedicated people to this field. By providing students with the finest in didactic and practical training and a deep concentration in a particular section of lab work, the goal is to attract the very best of the next generation of medical technologists to Penn Medicine.
As a medical technologist with Penn Medicine, employees benefit greatly through their collaborative experience with world-renowned pathologists who invest their time in professional development. They find a fast-paced, challenging environment that helps them acquire a depth and breadth of skill, enabling them to practice with increasing confidence. Utilizing cutting-edge technology, they also have the advantage of performing the kind of specialized testing that is unique to Penn's labs and of being a part of a leading research institution dedicated to advancing the field of pathology and laboratory medicine.
This is a rewarding, academic environment where employees can gain excellent experience and knowledge from staff and mentors alike. Career growth is also something to look forward to as Penn Medicine is committed to promoting from within.
Allied health careers in pathology and laboratory medicine are available at the following Penn Medicine entities:
- Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP)
- Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
- Pennsylvania Hospital
Whichever entity they choose, employees enjoy the learning, professional development, growth and the prestige that comes from aligning themselves with a respected leader in health care.
As the premiere Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Greater Philadelphia region, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania employees have the opportunity to work with a world-class faculty team and gain exposure to the most complex cases in a progressive academic setting. The dedicated administrative, technical, and professional staff is committed to providing top rated support for Penn Medicine. Dynamic and fast-paced, this is a growing teaching hospital laboratory filled with friendly, motivated people who want to give their best.
The division consists of six laboratories including histology and special stain, immunohistochemistry, fluorescent in-situ hybridization (FISH) and image analysis, neuropathology, electron microscopy, and cytopathology. The division also supports the most comprehensive and active autopsy service in the area and offers unique opportunities for exposure to the newest technologies in the field.
One of the largest groups in the area, employees perform many tests and services not readily available in other hospitals. It serves as a national center for subspecialty expertise in a variety of areas, including GI and endocrine pathology and pigmented-lesion dermatopathology. Because approximately 70 percent of hospital diagnoses are based on laboratory and pathology tests, the staff is presented with a unique opportunity to contribute to the diagnosis and management of our patients by utilizing technologies that include molecular techniques, immunohistochemistry methods, light and electron microscopy, FISH, and liquid-based cytology methods.
Laboratory Medicine and Transfusion Medicine
The division represents one of the most technically advanced clinical labs in the country. In the laboratory medicine service a fully automated robotics system tracks high volume routine hematology and chemistry testing. The division offers a comprehensive esoteric testing menu in the specialty lab areas of toxicology, humoral immunology, flow cytometry, coagulation, endocrinology and molecular pathology where specimens are submitted from across the country and worldwide. The clinical microbiology lab is one of the most comprehensive diagnostic labs in the region offering diagnostic testing for infectious diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites as well as antimicrobial and antifungal susceptibility testing. The tissue typing laboratory, which utilizes serologic, flow cytometry and molecular techniques, provides full lab support for the hospital's multi-organ transplant program.
Transfusion medicine is one of the largest and most complex services in the region, including a comprehensive immunohematology reference lab, a hematopoietic progenitor collection and processing lab as well as an apheresis/infusion unit. The transfusion service provides over 60,000 units of blood and blood products per year to patients at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
The laboratory is directed by faculty with national and international recognition for expertise in their fields and is staffed with dedicated employees who are highly motivated with a strong commitment to providing excellence in patient care.
The transfusion service (blood bank) is critical in the health care field, particularly in hospitals and blood donor centers. At the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania it is a multi-faceted department, covering all areas of transfusion, dispensing many types of blood products for patients. Blood and blood products are biologic therapeutics and are regulated by the FDA.
It is the job of the blood bank to ensure the products dispensed are of the highest quality, purity and potency. The biggest challenge is finding safe blood for transfusion when serological antibodies are present in the patient. Sometimes this can take many hours or days, especially if the patient has antibodies that react with most donor red blood cells, which are then considered "incompatible" with the patient.
In addition to standard blood banking, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's state-of-the art serology laboratory utilizes both automated and bench antibody identification techniques to dispense about 75,000 blood products per year. Employees are at both associate and bachelor degree level. Working in the blood bank is both an exciting and challenging career choice where employees help save lives every single day.
Pathology and laboratory medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania also has a stem cell laboratory, and an apheresis department, where patients with certain disease states receive specialized care. Patients having surgery in the hospital can donate their own blood in the apheresis and donor center with a doctor's prescription, and after passing a medical screening.
Based on the size and complexity of service offerings, pathology and laboratory medicine provides a wide variety of technical opportunities for the motivated individual who is seeking a progressive and collaborative work environment that promotes professional growth and fulfillment.
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center pathology and laboratory medicine has a culture of collaboration with the medical staff to ensure that the laboratory meets clinical needs and can rapidly respond to physician concerns.
With coverage 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, the STAT laboratory provides STAT and urgent chemistry, hematology, coagulation, blood gas, toxicology and urinalysis testing. Central receiving processes all STAT, urgent and routine specimens sent to the laboratory, while packaging all routine patient specimens that go to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, they provide patient results and mail patient results to outside physicians.
Inpatient phlebotomy services are available from 6:30 to 8:30 am, 7 days a week as well as outpatient blood specimen draws from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. The transfusion service has coverage for the blood bank 24-hours-a-day where serologic tests for compatibility of blood and blood products for transfusion are performed.
Working with state-of-the-art technology, the professionals in pathology and laboratory medicine enjoy a friendly environment where people take pride in their work. Dedicated, knowledgeable and technologically confident, they are recognized for their efforts with learning and growth opportunities.
The Department of Laboratory and Pathology Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital is a full service clinical and anatomic laboratory with a fully functional blood bank, chemistry, cytology, hematology, histology, microbiology and serology laboratory. As experts of laboratory testing, including interpretation, it attracts professionals who possess an intellectual curiosity along with embracing a patient-centered culture with the goal of improving the quality and patient experience at Pennsylvania Hospital.
With an administrative director, medical directors and technologists, the environment is friendly, professional and supportive with emphasis on learning and advancement. A four-tiered career ladder is geared toward learning and advancement, with level I for new employees, level II for those employed for one year, and levels III and IV requiring technologists to fulfill certain criteria with a focus on performance improvement projects and teaching.