The Histopathology Technologist serves as a specialized technologist in the Anatomic Pathology (AP) section of the John D. Dingell VAMC. The Histopathology Technologist independently performs a wide scope routine and specialized tests. A broad scientific understanding of principles from biology, chemistry, anatomy, and physiology are needed, as the Histopathology Technologist serves as a technical resource. The Histopathology Technologist must be able to function independently in multiple areas of the Anatomic Pathology laboratory, including histopathology, cytopathology, immunohistochemistry, special stains and the autopsy suite (morgue). The duties and responsibilities of the Histopathology Technologist include but are not limited to: - Performing independently, using technical judgement for analysis, evaluation and problem resolution in their duties. -Performing functions on both the John D. Dingell VAMC and the PALMS laboratory information systems, including their inter-connectivity. -Demonstrating histotechnology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology principles, theories, concepts, techniques and methodologies sufficient to process both surgical and cytology pathology specimens. - Applying difficult complex anatomic pathology principles, practices, concepts and theories, as they pertain to: -Quality control and assurance procedures -Performance improvement principles -Reagent and supply management -Document control and workload recording systems -Human anatomy -Specialized testing methods and techniques -Identifying and testing suboptimal specimens; taking corrective action to minimize the impact on a patient's specimen. -Following standard operating procedures (SOP) and/or seeking guidance to reconcile any discrepancies, as needed. -Performing technical oversight of quality control procedures, to include troubleshooting and problem resolution, on equipment, reagents and products while keeping proper records for quality assurance and quality control reports. -Organizing, coordinating and prioritizing simultaneous individual work assignments. -Performing routine Anatomic Pathology procedures to include: -Specimen accessioning, processing, embedding, cutting, staining, and coverslipping. -Performing quality control on daily stain control slide. -Tracking specimens through our processes using computer based 2D barcode technology. -Preparing and distributing technically acceptable slides of surgical, cytology and autopsy specimens for analysis. -Assisting the pathologist and/or clinician during and autopsy, fine needle aspirate or kidney biopsy specimens. -Performing techniques for handling bone marrow, autopsy, cell block, and fine-needle biopsy specimens. -Cryomicrotomy and staining frozen section specimens. -Chemical viability evaluation and testing -Performing complex Anatomic Pathology procedures to include: -Immunohistochemistry staining, to include antibody, reagent and control verification. -Special staining, to include reagent and control verification. - Selecting appropriate tissue section/instrumentation for cutting bone specimens. -Safely using a bone saw to obtain an appropriate tissue section for processing. -Following established procedures to perform scheduled preventive maintenance on instruments and equipment while verifying correct operation. Documents instrument maintenance in the appropriate logbooks/binders. Reports any problems and/or concerns to the Anatomic Pathology supervisor. -Identifying the cause of instrument and equipment problems and making instruments repairs, as needed. -Performing SnoMed coding, to include surgical, cytology and autopsy reports. -Assisting with department inspection readiness for all accrediting agencies. -Attends and participates in departmental meetings, training sessions, or educational opportunities as required. -Interacts with laboratory personnel in a professional manner and responds promptly and courteously to requests or inquiries from staff throughout the John D. Dingell VA. Seeks supervisor assistance if request/s are beyond scope of duties. -Communicating effectively; to include constructive interaction and cooperation with all customers, internal and external. -Treating visitors to the work area, including telephone inquiries, with competency, respect and courtesy, seeking assistance when needed. Work Schedule: Work schedules include: Monday- Friday 7:00am-3:30pm and/or 8:00am to 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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