The Histopathology technologist in the Anatomic Pathology section deals with the structure of cells and their formation into tissues and organs. They utilize information technology systems to apply histopathology techniques and broad scientific principles for the fields of biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology. The histopathology technologist acts as a technical resource, troubleshooting a variety of specialized lab tests and uses independent judgement and resources to resolve concerns Duties of the Histopathology Technologist include but are not limited to: - Routine and complex histopathological and cytopathological procedures, quality control and assurance procedures, operation and routine maintenance of instrumentation, troubleshooting, and principles of performance improvement. - Utilizes specialized techniques for handling cell blocks, frozen sections, bone marrows, and fine-needle biopsies. - Prepares technically adequate slides of surgical, cytology, and autopsy specimens by processing, embedding tissue, cutting, staining (including immunohistochemistry), and cover slipping. - Accessions all surgically removed tissue specimens and body fluids. - Performs fixation on tissue and body fluids to preserve the tissue elements. - Performs decalcification on ossified tissue and bone marrow biopsies to ensure the correct degree of decalcification occurs. - Assists the resident pathologists as they gross surgical tissue specimens by preparing cassettes and answering questions. - Instructs doctors and nursing personnel in the proper techniques of collection and preparation of specimens. - Ensures that proper containers and solutions are available for the specimens being submitted. - Cuts tissue paraffin blocks on the rotary microtome to prepare slides for staining. - Possesses skill or the ability to learn the technique of frozen sectioning. - Performs the routine H&E stain and other special stains (either manually or automated) which are necessary in many cases to enable the pathologist to arrive at a diagnosis. - Monitors quality control for routine and special stains. - Mounts all slides with glass cover slips and labels slides with appropriate information. - Numbers and files paraffin embedded tissue blocks and slides and gross specimens for permanent reference. - Prepares and mails requested materials to consulting/requesting facilities. - Maintains the workload reporting system by keeping an accurate record of all work performed in the histology laboratory, including the numbers of blocks cut, the number of slides prepared, and the number of slides stained. - The incumbent is responsible for maintenance of QC and temperature records of equipment in the histology lab to meet regulatory guidelines. - Prepares chemical stains and solutions used in the histology and cytology laboratories according to directions from laboratory guidelines. - Possesses knowledge of computer skills and patient safety guidelines. - Follows proper PPE protocols and infectious control policies. Work Schedule: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Histopathology Technologist/PD000000 and PD00000-9 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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