Histotech, ASCP, temporary position M-F 7a-3:30p approx 12/1/2021-5/31/2022
New England Dermatology & Laser Center
Location: Springfield, Massachusetts
Type: Full Time
Required Education: 2 Year Degree
Office of Physicians
Internal Number: HT temp
New England Dermatology & Laser Center has been providing dermatology care to the greater Springfield community for over 50 years. We’re looking for a temporary full-time Histotech, ASCP, with paraffin and/or frozen sections experience to supplement staffing from approximately 12/1/2021 to 5/31/2022 in our growing specialty practice! No holidays, no weekends.
Location Springfield, MA office pathology & Mohs laboratory
Hours Temporary position approximately 12/1/2021-5/31/2022, M-F 7a-3:30p; ½ hour non-paid lunch daily Non-exempt
Reports to Director of Operations
Nature of Supervision Limited supervision; follows established work methods. Supervision is required for special projects, tests and unsolved production or procedures problems as needed. Errors affect the laboratory’s integrity and reliability. Abnormal results must be verified. Errors could cause contract loss, improper treatment of a patient or legal action. Failure to properly maintain testing equipment can result in delay of testing and/or cost of reagents.
Education Associates of Science degree in biology or related field, Histotech Certificate from an accredited school or military medical lab training course required. Bachelor of Science degree in biology or related field from an accredited school preferred.
Licensure/Certification A.S.C.P certification H.T. or H.T.L. required
Experience 1-3 years histotechnician experience in paraffin and frozen section techniques.
Skills --See also Essential Function Estimate. Knowledge of chemistry, anatomy, histology, laboratory processes, special stains and medical terminology. Great mental demands and extreme precision, accuracy, attention to detail and efficiency. Initiative, conscientious work ethics, good judgment & follow-through. Professional, courteous, flexible, team player who interacts well with fellow coworkers and works well independently and as part of a team. Some in-person patient interaction. Internal and external client dealings require courtesy and tact. Verbal & written communication skills. Constant monitoring of workflow. Ability to prioritize, multi-task and troubleshoot. Knowledge of sterile technique and instrument cleaning/sterilization and care. Proficiency with laboratory, EHR and Microsoft Office software programs. Knowledge of quality control, quality assurance and record-keeping procedures which constitute good laboratory practice and which comply with regulations imposed by outside agencies such as Clinical Laboratory Improvement and HIPAA. Knowledge of standard laboratory safety procedures. Routine work encompasses working with chemical/biohazardous material. All safety policies and practices are to be followed and are a condition of employment. Reacts calmly and efficiently in emergent situations. Ability to use a microtome and cryostat. Laboratory results and data are confidential and must be shared on a need-to-know basis only with appropriate New England Dermatology & Laser Center staff or requesting laboratory.
Job Summary Histotechs are responsible for performing all aspects of the daily operation of the histology laboratory including processing, embedding, slide preparation, staining, antibody titer preparation, equipment maintenance, supply and reagent inventory maintenance, record retention and other related tasks. This position requires extreme attention to detail and precise follow through in order to get tasks done timely and accurately.
Assumes responsibility for preparing tissue & slides for physician review.
Performs grossing: Grosses specimens (when/if qualified and properly trained). Utilizes speech recognition software in conjunction with laboratory software programs to document specimen details. Prepares specimens for processor.
Performs embedding and microtomy: Retrieves specimens. Properly orients and embeds tissue using paraffin or Mohs process. Cuts paraffin blocks and Mohs tissue according to standard protocols. Prepares specimens for staining and antibody titers and applies special stains. Staining procedures are accurate & precise. Microtomy and are artifact-free and meet protocol. Prepares and cover slips slides. Cut and stain re-cut slides. Labels slides.
Maintains laboratory equipment and reagents: Maintains workstations to be clean and neat. Maintains, troubleshoots and runs complex manual and automated laboratory equipment. Prepares reagents. Maintains appropriate reagent and supply inventory needed for the staining procedures. Changes solution on the H&E stainer and tissue processor according to established protocols. Documents daily charts, records temperatures and solution changes.
Maintains specimen filing system: Files blocks and slides. Researches misfiled blocks and slides if needed. Retains blocks and slides according to recommended retention schedule (10 years).
Maintains laboratory and Mohs patient records: Ensures accurate data is entered into the computer system; cross-references patient/specimen/block/slide data. Maintains patient laboratory, medical and billing records. Completes clerical tasks, including but not limited to: logging patient information, faxing, completing requests, researching questions, etc. Takes, downloads and transfers patient photos into EHR.
Ensures laboratory and surgical exam room supplies are adequate to provider need: Maintains laboratory to be clean and neat. Maintains adequate supply inventory. Evaluates suppliers for best pricing. Places supply orders. Checks supplies coming in to supplies ordered. Stocks supplies; checks expiration dates and ensures rotation of stock. Minimizes supply waste. Maintains Safety Data Sheets binder and log, requests Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for new products.
Restocks surgical exam rooms with supplies and instruments: Maintains adequate supplies in surgical rooms. Ensures instruments are accounted for. Cleans, disinfects, wraps and sterilizes instruments and surgical trays as per protocol. Prepares and draws up lidocaine syringes. Restocks surgical rooms with supplies and instruments and replaces sharps containers as needed.
New England Dermatology & Laser Center is located right off I-91 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Our main office is a 20,000 square foot facility containing a full-service histopathology laboratory which processes both frozen and permanent sections. We draw from a large geographic area seeing approximately 75,000 patients annually in 4 offices. Our histotechnicians work together to process paraffin and frozen sections to support our two dermatopathologists and two Mohs surgeons and meet the needs of our 14 in-house referring providers.