Assists in performance of autopsy and surgical pathology services. Works independently in performing professional duties associated with the preparation, performance and completion of autopsies, and examination and/or preparations of the surgical pathology specimens, with general supervision of a pathologist. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/10/2022. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-9. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. Pathology Technician Series, 0646 Individual Occupational Requirements Specialized Experience For positions at GS-4 and above: Anatomical pathology technician work in (a) cutting and staining very thin sections of human tissue specimens for microscopic examination; and/or in (b) testing and examining body fluids, etc. for abnormalities in cell structure, depending upon the requirements of the position to be filled. You may qualify based on your experience as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-9 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Experience with the evaluation of all human surgical specimens, both simple and complex; Experience as a Pathologists' Assistant/Specialist in a laboratory; experience with hospital based computer software systems; Experience teaching medical students and pathology residents; experience selecting, preparing and submitting appropriate gross tissue sections for light and immunofluorescent microscopy; Experience preparing frozen section slides, both standard and Mohs technique; Documents regulatory, licensing, and accrediting agency requirements, medicolegal responsibilities and statutes governing clinical laboratory operations sufficient to use to plan, implement, or monitor laboratory programs/service (e.g. determining needs, assuring compliance with standards. NOTE: Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: ComplianceEducation and TrainingQuality AssuranceQuality ManagementTechnical Competence Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as prolonged standing (standing/walking for up to four hours per day), bending over microscopes, reaching for supplies or materials, and lifting. The work involves moderate to high physical activity. Requires the handling of deceased patients. The work may require specific physical characteristics and abilities such as dexterity (to perform intricate collection or analysis procedures). Work Environment: The work involves almost constant exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, toxic chemicals and bio-hazardous materials. The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions. The work area is adequately lighted and ventilated. The risk of exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations does exist and require following extensive safety precautions and will include the use of personal protective equipment. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["Select and identify tissue for microscopic study; determine proper fixative solutions in which tissue will be maintained. Triage specimens received from surgery; dictate gross findings on selected specimen using appropriate terminology; refer most complex tissue sections for review by Pathologist or Resident. Provide effective and professional training to student medical technologists, physician residents, etc. Train entry level resident physicians in gross room pathology methodology and procedures, under the guidance and within protocol parameters provided by the Medical Center and the Pathology and Laboratory Department. Provide on-the-job demonstration of laboratory practice. Establish and monitor quality control/record keeping systems and measures to assure the accuracy and validity of test results. Maintain records of surgical pathology specimen dissections and dictation; assist in the compilation of reports for surgical pathology; labels and stores gross tissue specimen. Perform specialized procedures such as frozen sections and decalcification; maintain and coordinate specimen and records for specialized procedures using appropriate protocols; submit request for special histologic procedures. Improves the efficiency and quality of the autopsy and surgical pathology services. Establishes professional standards that comply with accreditation agency guidelines. Develops local criteria consistent with accreditation requirements. Independently determines requirements and establishes effective criteria. Ensures criteria represents acceptable standard of quality and can be measured, controlled, collected, evaluated, etc., in an efficient manner. Solicits advice/information from numerous sources to ensure accreditation is maintained. Develops quality control measures for implementation. Consults with staff pathologist senior Anatomical Pathology staff to obtain pertinent information and to validate conclusions. Develops and maintains quality control portions of manuals. Designs forms necessary to comply with regulatory agency and departmental needs. Monitors the quality control system. Ensures timely and thorough evaluation of data, ensures discrepancies are identified and attended. Ensures the quality assurance plan is followed. Obtains data in accordance with established procedures. Evaluates data and identifies discrepancies. Proposes solutions to remedy the deficiency or presents arguments for invalidating data or quality control methods. Proposes new quality control practices as appropriate. Ensures quality assurance information is reported in the appropriate format and within established time frames. Plays a central role in\nestablishing and developing the testing and examination procedures carried out in the area of autopsy and surgical pathology. Facilitates preparation of medical documentation that meets professional standards and accreditation agency requirements. Creates, uses, or modifies logic schema to determine corrective actions for problems. Establishes and maintains record keeping systems, controls specimen accession through the computer system to ensure accuracy of data input and output. Photograph specimen samples as appropriate for use in instruction and documentation. Perform photo microscopy on on cases considered for interdepartmental conferences or for teaching purposes; maintain complete and accurate records of all gross and microscopic photographs. Assist pathologists with autopsy eviscerations, gross anatomic dissection, and in obtaining appropriate sections for microscopic examination; assist in training of techniques and procedures to staff interns and residents. Remove organs, portions of bone, or other samples of tissues for any specialized study or research; collect special materials for toxicological, viral and bacteriological assays. Label and store gross tissue obtained during autopsy; monitor and order supplies. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein. Assessment and gross dictation of surgical and biopsy specimens maintaining proper orientation, sectioning and margin(s) identification. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Description/PD#: Pathologists Assistant/PD072820\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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