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This position is located at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) in Houston, Texas, under Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. A Lead Histopathology Technologist in this assignment facilitates team or unit processes by working in collaboration with team members to ensure that tasks, priorities, goals and achievements are coordinated with management.
CLINICAL DUTIES: (75 percent)
- Is responsible for monitoring specimen accessioning, processing, sectioning and staining and assures timely delivery of the slides to the Pathologist.
- Assures corrective action is initiated when test performance deviates from established performance specifications.
- Provides guidance to the staff in handling difficult cases.
- Is responsible for enforcing a quality control and quality management program that encompasses all the histopathology and anatomic pathology test procedures.
- Serves as an expert providing authoritative advice and consultation for more markedly difficult, complex, unique and/or emerging tests requiring special knowledge. The incumbent will assist to oversee the implementation and validation of new tests.
- The incumbent assures that proper quality and quantity of supplies are ordered and available.
- Is responsible as a primary source of information for maintaining current instrumentation. Is responsible for evaluation of new and evolving developments in laboratory instrumentation and automation.
- Ensures compliance with rules and regulations of assorted regulatory agencies such as CAP, TJC, FDA, OSHA and Federal Regulations. Coordinates Quality Control activities with the Supervisor. Coordinates proficiency program for the appropriate laboratory specialty.
- Duties and responsibilities may include any combination of those found at the GS-11 level; however, individuals in these assignments are not given the freedom of action typically found at the higher level. For example, their duties may include any of the following:
a. Attends vendor training for a complex instrument and is responsible for training employees in its operation. Performs complex maintenance procedures and is consulted as the in-house expert for troubleshooting problems.
b. Is responsible for updating procedure manuals for a specific laboratory function.
c. Supervises the clinical training experiences of technical and professional level technologist or technician training programs to fulfill educational and professional requirements (where training programs exist).
d. Recommends updated guidelines and policies for non-routine or complex assignments.
e. Coordinates under the guidance of the unit supervisor of the laboratory competency program.
- Other minor duties may be assigned based on the needs of the department (10%).
ADVANCED DUTIES: (25 percent)
- The incumbent will be responsible for monitoring maintenance and functioning of the immunohistochemical section of the histology lab.
- Ability to introduce new tests and procedures by various methods. Utilizes information technology.
- Under the direction of the lab director performs research to introduce new lab tests.
- Analyze the technical information and identify the best method that can be implemented in the lab.
- Orders supplies required.
- Sets up protocol and ensures that the results are reproducible.
- Ensures that the test is performed in a cost-effective manner.
- Validation and testing of new antibodies.
- Keeps abreast of the information and advances in Histotechnology. Ability to implement all the advances in the lab in a cost-effective manner, under the direction of the supervisor and/or lab director.
- Acts as a technical guide for specimen handling, processing, sectioning and staining of all difficult specimens.
- Able to operate, maintain and troubleshoot instrumentations used in specimen analysis. Ability to recognize the problem and take appropriate action.
- Teaches and trains other laboratory personnel/students to perform immunohistochemical stains and other specialized tests.
- The incumbent also ensures that all staff follow the safety regulations.
- Must have the knowledge about the functioning of all the areas of the lab.
- Must be able to assist the supervisor with technical assessment and analysis of all the areas of the lab.
- Act as a technical resource, troubleshooting a variety of specialized lab tests, identifying suboptimal tissues, and using independent judgment and resources to resolve concerns.
- Skills in applying complex anatomic pathology principles, practices, concepts, and theories to introduce new tests for analysis.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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