The position is located in the Anatomic Pathology Department of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. The primary purpose of this position is to apply relevant practical knowledge and experience in the provision of support services in the fields of surgical and cytopathology to staff and resident Pathologists, Pathology Technicians, and other facility staff, as well as external customers, including outside laboratories, professional consultants, and mortuaries. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Label cassettes required for the grossing of specimens by staff and resident pathologists. File surgical pathology slides and blocks for permanent storage. Assist in filing and retrieving cytology slides for permanent storage. Log in and mail out slides, blocks and reports to outside institutions and file slides returned from outside institutions. Prepare samples, slides, smears, or other types of specimens. Assist technicians in processing cytology specimens using specialized instrumentation. Assist in loading the H&E stainer and distributing slides to the appropriate staff pathologists. Program and load histology processors with surgical specimens. Change various solutions/ chemicals as necessary. Accession all surgical pathology specimens into the computer system. Resolve and document all procurement and labelling errors encountered in the accessioning process. Accession cytology specimens into the computer system. Collect data for various requirements, reports, initiatives and quality monitors. Compile data extracted in various multifaceted reporting formats. Document maintenance records and temperatures in histology and the morgue. Stock inventory upon arrival and as needed for the entire department. Rotate stock to ensure shorter expiration dates are used first. Recycle alcohol and xylene to reduce chemical waste. Keep the AP and morgue areas stocked and cleaned. Dispose of surgical pathology tissue. Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday-Friday, 0730-1600 Position Description Title/PD#: Health Technician/PD10743-A Physical Requirements: The incumbent will experience physical demands such as sitting, walking, standing, reaching, stooping and bending to obtain supplies and operate instruments and computers. The work includes moderate lifting, but occasionally requires heavy lifting of bodies, reagents or supplies. work involves repetitive hand motions and requires good hand-eye coordination and dexterity.
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