The Histotechnologist will meet all Histotechnology & Immunohistochemistry competency standards, and has strong analytical skills. Will implement and maintain quality control including validation, calibration, and standardization techniques.
Specific Requirements and Preferences
BS/BA degree and HTL (ASCP) certification and 10 years technologist experience QIHC(ASCP) or 2 years full-time IHC experience. (Required)
Minimum Work Experience
Specific Requirements and Preferences
At least 10 years experience in an accredited clinical laboratory in Histopathology (Required)
License/Certification- HTL (ASCP) certification -required
Good interpersonal and communication skills important. Knowledge and skills related to LIS desirable.
Knowledge of computer applications related to the lab information systems, COPATH.
Knowledge of policies and procedures governing the morgue.
Responsible for admission and discharges to the morgue, maintain accurate census and insure identify of patient throughout the entire process.
Knowledge of IHC ISH theory & principles and understands the validation and calibration methods.
Knowledge of microwave theory & its effects on IHC & ISH protocols.
Knowledge of special stain protocols.
Responsible for preparing and maintaining reagents utilized in these stains.
Prepares representative tissue sections used for quality control monitoring the effectiveness of the protocols.
Knowledge to determine reactivity and variability of individual tissue sections, how each is expected to react to stains being performed, discern discrepant results and report to the Project Manager to discuss possible modification in procedure.
Knowledge of requirements of accrediting/regulatory agencies such as CAP, CLIA/CLIP, Joint Commission and OSHA.
Knowledge of safety procedures and policies pertaining to the Anatomic Pathology Laboratory.
Ability to communicate and interact with internal and external customers and practice consistent, high quality customer relations.
1. Understand proper use & purpose of multiple controls for each antibody, and protocol standardization.
2. Optimize IHC assays and reviews microscopic QC, prior to releasing results.
3. Can interpret & maintain detailed, instructions for specific IHC & ISH research protocols.
4. Understand & apply scientific theory in reproducibility of results.
5. Can interpret & assimilate scientific literature within the discipline.
1. Accession, fix, embed, cut, stain and mount tissue sections from surgical/diagnostic cases and autopsies.
2. Prepare reagent, verify correct instrument operation, standardize, perform and check results for variety of complex tests.
3. Perform histology procedures to include preparing tissue specimens for gross examination and prosection by the pathologist or appropriate resident physician; responsible to prosect certain tissue specimens specified within departmental guidelines under the indirect supervision of a pathologist, maintain identify of specimen throughout the entire process.
4. Prepare and maintain stains and solutions as required and to process tissue through the steps of fixation, dehydration, cutting of paraffin blocks and staining, cover slipping and labeling of slides.
5. Assist residents/pathologists in fresh/frozen section area, include cryostat tissue cutting and quick staining of slide preparation.
6. Understand & perform enzyme histochemistry for diagnostic muscle protocols.
7. Validate appropriate enzyme histochemistry controls & standardized.
Instrument and Equipment Maintenance
1. Operate instruments and equipment as required; conduct performance checks, calibrations, preventive maintenance and basic troubleshooting of problems or malfunctions; make adjustments or minor repairs with aid of instrument manuals or technical assistance by telephone.
2. Knowledge of the operation, calibration, cleaning, and preventive maintenance of all instrumentation and equipment within the branch where assigned.
3. Identify, evaluate and resolve technical and patient-related problems; document and report to appropriate personnel and supervisor.
1. Prepare special staining solutions; maintain control sections; identify, investigate, and resolve discrepancies and problems; document action taken; maintain various logs as assigned.
2. Identify unusual outcomes or discrepancies/conditions which cause erroneous reports (instrument malfunctions, inappropriate specimens, etc.); take appropriate action to make corrections and solve problems; notify the supervisor when no guidelines are available for specific occurrences.
3. Responsible for admission and discharges to the morgue, maintain accurate census and insure identity of patient throughout the entire process.
4. Responsible to prepare and maintain reagents utilized in these stains; prepare representative tissue sections used for quality control to monitor the effectiveness of the special stains.
5. Help determine reactivity and variability of individual tissue sections, how each is expected to react to stains being performed, discern discrepant results and report to the Supervisor to discuss possible modification in procedure.
6. Perform slide and block filing and retrieval procedures as required.
1. Assist supervisor to monitor supply inventory, receive and stock supplies.
2. Document and maintain records; file and retrieve slides and blocks as needed.
1. Partner in the mission and upholds the core principles of the organization
2. Committed to diversity and recognizes value of cultural ethnic differences
3. Demonstrate personal and professional integrity
4. Maintain confidentiality at all times
1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
3. Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions
1. Contribute to a positive work environment
2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility
1. Use resources efficiently
2. Search for less costly ways of doing things
1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance