The following are requirements for appointment of a histopathology technologist in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). These requirements apply to all histopathology technologists in the General Schedule (GS) 0601 series. As crucial members of the pathology and laboratory medicine service, histopathology technologists possess broad knowledge of biological sciences and the skills necessary to process anatomic pathology specimens. Major duties include but are not limited to the following: The incumbent performs as a technical specialist in providing histologic preparations required to discern the nature and extent of disease in surgical and autopsy specimens. Incumbent is responsible for identification and accessioning of blocks and unstained slides and the maintenance of stored diagnostic materials, workload and specimen tracking records, and quality control records in accordance with professional, institutional, state and federal regulations and guidelines. The incumbent has primary responsibilities in the proper preparation, handling and processing of numerous types of clinical and research samples. The incumbent provides clinical diagnostic support by using specialized histopathology diagnostic techniques, principally histochemistry, immunohistochemistry and enzyme cytochemistry. The incumbent assists Pathologists in testing new procedures as they pertain to diagnostic and experimental activities. The incumbent evaluates and introduces new techniques relevant to specialized diagnostic laboratory for pathology. Such techniques include immune-alkaline phosphatase techniques and other specialized and newly developed antibody-staining techniques. The incumbent reviews new pertinent medical literature and aids in the preparation of results for publication and presentation at scientific meetings. The incumbent responds to intraoperative consultation requests, performing specialized procedures including frozen tissue sectioning and staining, preparation of cytologic media and handling of specimens for specialized procedures including flow cytometry, electron microscopy and cytogenetic studies. The incumbent is responsible for the operations, and maintenance of numerous forms of automated and specialized equipment used in the surgical pathology laboratories and morgue. The incumbent maintains quality control records and is able to perform routine maintenance and interim repairs to avoid delays or loss of valuable tissue specimens resulting from malfunctioning equipment. The incumbent keeps detailed logs and flow records of specimens being processed through the laboratory and monitors the results of specialized diagnostic procedures. The incumbent assists supervisor and other professional staff in identifying quality control issues, suggesting and assisting in implementing procedural changes necessary to expedite and streamline specimen processing. The incumbent instructs new residents and fellows in histologic and immunohistopathologic techniques, including the preparation of frozen and paraffin sections. The incumbent may assist the Pathology Specialist in accessioning and identifying, gross examination and description of clinical, surgical, autopsy and research. The incumbent may assists in the performance of post-mortem examinations, providing backup to the Pathology Specialists and maintaining proficiency by performing a minimum of two examinations per annum. Other Significant Facts: The mission of the laboratory is to support both clinical patient care and research. The position carries unusual and complex responsibilities in both areas. The incumbent has technical skills that are recognized as being at or above the national average for similar laboratories. Incumbents must continuously meet or exceed competency standards and performance standards already established. The incumbent assists management with its performance improvement goals, proficiency requirements and accreditation status. The incumbent must meet CUA 88 eligibility requirements as set forth in CFR 493. c Functions: Other duties as assigned Work Schedule: Monday-Friday Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Histotechnologist/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.