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. Some duties may include: 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. 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 Recruitment Incentives: Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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