This position is at the WNY, VA HCS, Buffalo, NY. The incumbent performs routine and specialized tests using histopathology technique, acts as a technical resource, troubleshoots lab tests, identifies suboptimal issues, uses judgement and resources to resolve concerns, uses professional skills and knowledge of anatomic pathology principles, practices, concepts, and theories to perform varied testing methods, such as immunohistochemical, histochemical, and frozen section techniques. The Histopathology Technologists: Independently performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all processing tasks of the histopathology technology occupation involving anatomic pathology, i.e. surgical pathology, autopsy pathology and cytopathology. In addition, performs advanced and complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles. Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for diagnostic evaluation, taking into account physiologic processes and requirements. Prepares technically adequate slides of surgical, cytology, and autopsy specimens by processing, embedding tissue, cutting, staining and coverslipping. Utilizes specialized histopathology techniques for handling cell blocks, frozen sections, bone marrows, autopsies, and fine-needle biopsies Performs new or difficult specialized testing methods such as immunohistochemical, histochemical and frozen section techniques. Identifies problems in processing and staining procedures and makes necessary adjustments as needed for diagnostic purposes Assist in validating, modifying, or adapting new staining methods or techniques, or improving existing methods as necessary for routine histopathology technology procedures. Assists in grossing of small biopsy specimens up to oriented skin excisions as needed. Ensures and maintains accurate patient identification through the chain of custody of the specimen. Maintains and documents the optimal function of laboratory equipment. Uses, identifies malfunctions, repairs, and performs preventative maintenance of laboratory equipment. Diagnoses deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction. Performs and documents quality control, quality assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement, as applicable. Incorporates principles of educational methodology in the instruction and training of new employees and students and in the laboratory's in-service/continuing education program. Communicates effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member. Provides excellent service as defined by the customer (healthcare providers, patients, and others). Gives direction and guidance using underlying histopathology and cytopathology principles. Adheres to practices and regulations governing safety in the laboratory. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 3:30pm; (No weekends or holidays) Travel: No travel Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Histopathology Technologist/PD13612A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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