Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Histopathology Tech in Denver, Colorado
Advanced Histopathology Technician, is responsible for the independent evaluation of H&E and multiple special stained slides for proper tissue preparation and staining reaction upon which diagnoses of medical diseases including cancer are made. Testing is performed on tissue from all anatomic sites of the body. Duties require understanding of the chemistry, biology, and anatomy involved.
Major duties include, but are not limited to: Functions as an assistant to the Anatomic Pathologist by performing grossing of biopsy specimens. Performs accessioning duties, assuring that the requisitions and specimens received meet the specimen acceptance requirements. Pretreatment of calcified tissues, recognizing the endpoint of decalcification. Utilizes tissue processors, programming the reagent rotations to ensure optimal fixation, processing, and run completion times. Embeds the processed tissues into wax molds, ensuring the proper orientation of the various types of tissue fragments within the finished tissue block. Routine hematoxylin and eosin staining and special staining of surgical, autopsy, and cytology tissues utilizing both manual and automated methodologies. Performance of immunohistochemical staining (IHC) procedures using specialized instrumentation. Performs cytology preparations in accordance with established procedures and protocols. Assists in the collection of Fine Needle Aspirates performed with or with radiologic guidance. Daily maintenance and quality control activities. Evaluation of equipment and procedural problems, reporting problems not immediately resolved to the Supervisor of Anatomic Pathologist or biomedical repair shop for further action. Maintenance of Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) inventory, ensuring all MSDS sheets are provided to the Industrial Hygienist for uploading into database. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 5:00 am - 18:30 pm (8-hour shifts between these hours)
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Conditions of Employment
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g of VA Handbook 5005.) English Language Proficiency. Histopathology Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with Part II, chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5.a of VA Handbook 5005. Experience and/or Education. One year of experience in a health care field that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work such as but not limited to a medical or clinical laboratory assistant (or technician) or health technician, OR Four academic years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation such as biological science or chemistry; or Successful completion of two academic years of study above high school that included at least 24 semester hours in Chemistry and/or in appropriate fields of biological science and successful completion of a 12-month program of education and training in histopathology or cytotechnology, OR Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable. Preferred Experience: An associate degree in Chemistry, Biology, or Medical Technology; or an equivalent education/training program obtained from an accredited institution. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. For GS-7 (Advanced) 1. Experience (REQUIRED). One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. 2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs. Skill in applying professional, complex anatomic pathology principles, practices, concepts, and theories in performing new or difficult specialized testing methods or techniques. Ability to provide technical oversight of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement exhibiting competence in managing reagent and supply inventories and document control systems. Ability to validate methodologies, operate anatomic pathology laboratory equipment and perform complex instrument troubleshooting. Ability to use independent technical judgement to analyze and evaluate laboratory results and resolve problems. References: VA Handbook 5005. Appendix G55. Histopathology Technician GS-0646 Qualification Standard. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-7. Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be able to perform moderate lifting up to 20 lbs, straight pulling, pushing, reaching above the shoulder, use of fingers and both hands, walking, standing for up to 4 hours, kneeling, repeated bending, use of both arms and legs. Specific visual requirements include use of both eyes, depth perception, ability to distinguish colors and shades of colors, hearing (aids permitted), clear, high cognitive function and emotional stability; ability to read ordinary type without strain.
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