General Description The position is for a technologist to work in the surgical pathology frozen section laboratory. Primary responsibilities include accessioning and prioritizing of surgical pathology specimens, use of a cryostat to perform intraoperative frozen sections for rapid diagnosis, and grossing of small biopsies and benign surgical pathology specimens. Routine mircrotomy and special staining are not performed in the surgical pathology laboratory. For this position you must be qualified to perform high complexity testing and, if not certified, eligible for certification.
Perform routine and special paraffin sections of surgical and autopsy tissue for microscopic examination in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Prepare equipment and reagents for processing, embedding, microtome cutting and mounting of tissue; perform routine and special staining techniques.
Label, file, discard and maintain records of tissue samples and containers, tissue processing cassettes, final paraffin blocks and slides.
Label and record slides of specimens received; provide specimens for microscopic examination and diagnosis by the pathologist.
Obtain and log specimens from the operating rooms and other areas as required.
Perform frozen cytostat sectioning.
Set up equipment, instruments, reagents and apparatus for specific laboratory techniques.
Perform various Quality Control procedures to maintain compliance with internal and external regulations.
Utilize various hospital information systems and software.
Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
Education BS/BA preferred. Registered or registry eligible as Histology Technician ASCP (American Society for Clinical Pathology).
Experience One year experience with BS/BA or AS/AA. No experience needed for NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences) Program. Previous grossing experience is preferred but not mandatory.
Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification Registered or registry eligible as Histology Technician ASCP.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Demonstrated competency in histological laboratory skills. Ability to perform assigned tasks on routine and special material.
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