Histotechnologists perform a variety of technical procedures that result in the preparation of slides for the pathologist to make a diagnosis from a patient’s tissue sample. Histotechnologists have an understanding of the underlying scientific principles of laboratory testing as well as the technical, procedural and problem solving aspects. Essential duties for a Histotechnologist include but are not limited to grossing, tissue processing, embedding, microtomy, special stains and immunohistochemistry. This position reports to the Histology Laboratory Supervisor. Will receive supervision and direction from the dermatopathologists.
This position is practice focused with the objective of supporting the patient care team in the effective and efficient delivery of patient care.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Grossing – inspects, measures and describes pathology specimens to obtain the initial diagnostic information
Specimen processing – as the first step in the process to prepare slides for pathologists, operates computerized laboratory equipment (vacuum infiltrating processor) to fix, dehydrate and infiltrate with paraffin tissue specimens
Embedding – using an embedding center, makes paraffin blocks by infiltrating tissue specimens with hot wax
Microtomy – cuts thin sections from paraffin blocks with the use of a microtome to make glass slides.
Staining – operates a computerized stainer system to stain slides with the H&E stain.
Special Stains – operates computerized equipment or uses manual methods to stain tissues with different dyes in order to make cells details vivible under the microscope.
Immunihistochemistry – operates computerized laboratory equipment (IHC stainer) to perform a special stain which detects antigens in cells of tissue sections by exploiting the principle of antibodies binding specifically to antigens in biological tissues.
Quality Control/Quality Assurance – participates in the QA/QC program in order to comply with federal and state laws and regulations. Participates in the preventive maintenance program for all laboratory equipment including processors, embedding centers, microtomes, water baths, strainers and microscopes.
Safety – participates in safety training in order to make our work place a safer environment and to comply with federal and state laws and regulations.
Filing blocks and slides – helps keep slides and blocks filed according to standard operating procedure.
Supply inventory – is involved in maintaining all supplies and inventory.
Specimen bottles disposal – helps with the disposal of specimen bottles according to standard operating procedure.
Treats staff, physicians, visitors and patients with dignity and respect.
Maintains strict confidentiality.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Skills and Qualifications:
Working knowledge of all Histology procedures - Grossing, embedding, microtomy, tissue processing, fixation, decalcification, routine H&E, special stains and immunohistochemistry.
Solid understanding of operation and maintenance to all equipment in the Histology Laboratory.
Ability to read, write and communicate effectively orally and in writing in English.
Proficiency in the operation of a computer keyboard (30 WPM minimum) and ability to work effectively with Microsoft Office Products.
Attention to detail: job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability: job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Integrity: job requires being honest and ethical.
Cooperation: job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Self-control: job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Stress tolerance: job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Concern for others: job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Achievement/Effort: job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Independence: job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things don
Persistence: job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Adaptability/Flexibility: job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Initiative: job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges
Analytical thinking: job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems
Required: Bachelor’s or Associate Degree from a college or university.
Must hold a license as a Histology Technologist from The State of Florida
Must also be certified as a Histotechnologist HTL (ASCP).
Training and documented proficiency in Histology (NACCLS program) is required.
Attends continuing education activities to maintain current knowledge and skills.
Internal Number: 002
About Dermatology Specialists of Florida
At Dermatology Specialists, we’re committed to providing our patients with the highest quality, comprehensive care for their skin. Our providers combine education, experience, and continual training with advanced, proven treatments and technology.
We operate our own centralized dermatopathology laboratory, providing accurate and timely biopsy results for our patients. Under the leadership of our dermatopathologists, histology technicians and laboratory administrative staff works alongside our dermatologists to meet and exceed the standards of care.
We adhere to specific quality assurance procedures, working through a detailed documentation of the patient’s history and clinical impression, gross examination of the biopsied lesion, tissue processing and complex tissue staining methods to prepare quality tissue slides for microscopic analysis. Our lab is accredited by CAP, the College of American Pathologists, acknowledging the best use of policies and procedures.