The Primary Purpose of the Position is to perform highly complex laboratory diagnostic testing on human specimens for diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease in the laboratory specialty of cytopathology. Cytotechnologists are solely responsible for: reporting the microscopic interpretation of normal pap smear tests used to detect cervical cancer; providing preliminary interpretation of specimens from other body sites; and collaborating with pathologists. Basic duties include but not limited to: - Screens gynecologic cytology specimens for premalignant and malignant condition, inflammatory agents and changes, viral cellular and therapeutic changes. Has diagnostic ability for negative PAP cases except for 10% case review by a pathologist. -Assists in the collection of fine needle aspiration cytology samples assuring that adequate supplies are maintained for the procedure. Assesses specimen adequacy and advises physician of the need for further sampling when required. - Instructs others on the proper collection, preparation and transportation methods for specimens and determines acceptability of patient samples for processing. Assists personnel performing these cytoprepatory procedures in the cytology lab. These include, but are not limited to in processing specimens, processing and packaging specimens for shipment to reference laboratories and tracking and resulting the same to the patient's medical record. -Assists in the pathology Gross Room with small biopsies as needed. Verifies patient identification and specimen type, marks surgical margins, takes and records precise measurements, prepares tissue imprint slides and special stains as well as other procedures involved in the gross processing of specimens. -Provides essential coordination and summaries for broad review by the Medical Director of Anatomic Pathology. Tracks abnormal and/or unusual results and maintains constant contact with the Medical Director for appropriate follow up of the results. -Takes and passes (with a grade of 90% or higher) an annual gyn cytology CAP approved proficiency examination. -Develops quality control procedures for new tests as they are implemented within the department and provides applicable training to support and technical personnel. Directs support personnel in monitoring quality control data, taking appropriate corrective action as needed. Provides expertise for the operation of a wide variety of automated and manual equipment. Identifies control samples appropriate to monitor procedures; established protocols for evaluating control sample value and defines actions to be taken when control sample is outside limits, including initial training for new employees. -Utilizes laboratory computer systems to record and document all work performed within the department. Control's specimen accessioning through the computer system to ensure accuracy and timeliness of data throughput. Responsible for timely completion and presentation of requested reports pertaining to cytology. These reports may be recurring in nature such as those for CAP or other proficiency surveys. -Assures all cytology equipment and testing materials are working properly to include daily monitoring and documentation of maintenance procedure. Reports equipment malfunctions to appropriate facility personnel and uses approved alternate methods or equipment until the primary method has been restored. Performs routine maintenance of equipment using standard operating procedures and is compliant with regulatory standards. Assures that supply inventory is maintained at an adequate level. -Complies with established policies to ensure working conditions and practices are such that the possibility of on-the-job injuries are minimized. Abates and reports unsafe working conditions or practices that pose imminent danger until such time it is determined that a danger no longer exists, or appropriate safeguards are implemented. Complies with established Federal and local regulations regarding safety and hazardous material management and monitoring to include OSHA's requirement for Formaldehyde and Xylene monitoring and the application of Universal Precautions. -Administers all aspects of the safety programs to section personnel, other technical personnel, EMS personnel and maintenance personnel who may enter the duty area. -Provides guidance for the instruction of new employees in the operation of laboratory equipment, the theoretical and practical aspects of quality control, and application of laboratory procedures pertaining to cytology. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 08:00 AM - 4:30 PM Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Cytotechnologist (P&LMS)/000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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