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The cytotechnologist independently reviews clinical data of patients and evaluates all cytology preparations. The selected candidate will review clinical data of patients and evaluate all cytology specimens to render a cytologic diagnosis prior pathologist final review. The cytotechnologist prioritizes, prepares, and processes all specimens for cytodiagnosis and immunohistochemical testing in compliance with the guidelines of regulatory agencies. The cytotechnologist acts as a professional resource, troubleshooting a variety of specialized lab tests, identifying suboptimal issues, and uses independent judgment and resources to resolve concerns. The cytotechnologist ensures goals are met by prioritizing work, as necessary, in times of short staffing, or heavy workload, and by performing simultaneous tasks. The work performed by cytotechnologist is vital for pathologists to interpret laboratory results and provide diagnoses and prognoses that allow for planning appropriate and life-saving treatments. Some of the duties include, but are not limited to: Responsible for receiving, processing, preparing all specimens for cytologic diagnosis, special stains, immunocytochemistry, and molecular tests. Process and prepare each sample independently as required by the nature of the specimen, patient's clinical history and /or physician request. Familiar with the use of complex laboratory equipment including, but not limited to centrifuge, cytocentrifuge, liquid based cytology processor (Thin-prep), slide Stainer, automated cell block processor, special stain/immunohistochemistry automated system and Polymerase-chain reaction (PCR) equipment. Reviews clinical data of patients and microscopically evaluates gynecologic and non-gynecologic cytology preparations by light microscopy for the presence or absence of cellular patterns, presence of micro-organisms, inflammatory reactions, endocrinopathies, benign/reactive changes, pre-malignant changes, neoplasia, and cellular responses to therapeutic agents, among others, and has the responsibility to render a preliminary cytologic diagnosis prior the final evaluation by the pathologist. Issues and verifies the final diagnosis for negative gynecologic specimens. Perform electronic transcription of the screened cases to the computer system, utilizing the automated voice system recognition or manually when system is down. Responsible to run the molecular testing for the detection of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) in cervical-vaginal specimens using the available modality (PCR) in the laboratory. Responsible for labeling, accessioning of specimens, determines adequacy and quality of specimens prior to apply required processing techniques and prior to entry of data in appropriate computerized logbook. Maintain close communication and conveys information as necessary from physicians directly responsible for patient care, in order to provide the most advantageous and accurate cytologic interpretation for each cytology sample. Recognize technical limitations and various possibilities for procedural errors in cytopreparation and should have the capabilities to resolve laboratory problems following the VA regulations, as well as other federal and local agencies. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday-Friday, 9am - 5:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. Functional Statement: Cytotechnologist, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service Telework: Not available
Internal Number: 598645700
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