This position serves as a HistoPathology Technologist in the Histology/Cytology Section of the Pathology and Laboratory Service; receives and processes surgical pathology and cytology specimens; embeds, cuts, stains and coverslips specimens; troubleshoots a variety of specialized lab protocols, identifying suboptimal tissues, and performing new or specialized stains for diagnostic review by the Pathologists. Work schedule is generally Monday through Friday. RECRUITMENT INCENTIVE IS AUTHORIZED Major duties include but are not limited to the following: - Receives and/or obtains specimens using appropriate techniques, maintaining proper identification. - Performs elements of gross examination and sectioning of all types of surgical pathology specimens. - Prepares specimens for analysis according to the specifications of the procedure. - Handles all types of human tissue which may include; receiving, checking, accepting, timing, logging, storing and/or shipping, if necessary. - Ensures all tissues are properly oriented when embedding them, according to established procedures and depending on the type of specimen being prepared (e.g. shave biopsies on edge; core biopsies to demonstrate the maximum amount of tissue). - Processes all cytological specimens including sputa, body secretions, fluids and fine needle aspirates. Determines whether specimens need concentration or dilution and prepares slides established method. Stains cytological specimens separately and performs special stains when required. - Recognizes origin and type of tissues and properly orients and cuts small or complex specimens, choosing section thickness per protocol/procedures. - Function as assistant to anatomic pathologists by participating autopsy. - Prepares frozen tissue sections for special studies which includes; selecting, freezing, cutting (microtomy) and staining Tissue for Frozen Section exam by the pathologist. Employs the cryostat.- Under the direction of the supervisor maintains QA files of blocks and slides needed to perform special stains in the laboratory. - Stains tissue sections using special stains as required, including, but not limited to Acid Fast, Alcian Blue, Gram, Iron, Methenamine Silver, PAS, and Trichrome. Incumbent should be able to interpret positive controls used for these procedures. - As special staining requires microscopic differentiation for acceptance, the incumbent examines the slides microscopically and accepts or rejects them on the basis of proper staining reaction within the control slides. - The incumbent is able to troubleshoot all problems with special staining procedures and implements changes. All decisions involving tissue preparation for light microscopy are determined through experience and knowledge of histopathology. - Is responsible for labeling and storage of routine fixative solutions, pap kits and other special solutions, including decalcifying agents - Evaluating and implementing new equipment and ordering supplies. Prepares, maintains and operates instruments according to directions. Keeps a log of preventative maintenance, temperature checks, instrument problems, etc. - Recognizes instrument or equipment malfunction or trends, initiates corrective action when necessary. Refers to Operational Manual (or other available information), if indicated. - Performs Quality Control checks on reagents, procedures and equipment; evaluates results. Evaluates the validity of patient data in relation to the test procedure and expected results. When data is suspected to be erroneous, investigates for obvious procedural or instrument faults and alerts the supervisor. Alerts appropriate personnel (supervisor, physician, and pathologist) to critical or significantly abnormal results. - Provides information requested from physicians, nurses, ward clerks, etc. regarding the function and operation of the Laboratory Service as it relates to patient care. - Investigates and resolves problems related to surgical pathology. - The incumbent exercises all required safety guidelines and works with great care in handling the specimens and uses personal protective equipment including face shields, masks, gloves, and laboratory coats. - Observes safety regulations, maintains a clean and neat work area. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 5:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Histopathology Technologist/PD402-F2124 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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