Employment Type: Full-Time
OverviewThis position performs routine and specialized tests in one or various sections of the Anatomic Pathology department, including Immunohistochemistry (IHC) and Histology, with minimal supervision. This position is the clinical/technical specialist in IHC. The position actively supports the Hospital's Quality Improvement (QI) and Customer Service goals through modeling appropriate behavior and follows established laboratory safety procedures in accordance with regulatory bodies such as TJC, CAP, OSHA, FDA, and EPA.Responsibilities1. Follows Anatomic Pathology laboratory testing procedures and policies in the performance of routine and specialized tests. Identifies source and nature of test problems, and makes appropriate recommendations as to course of action. Recognizes the clinical significance of each procedure performed, and completes procedure within established time frames. 2. Performs specimen accessioning, tissue processing, embedding, microtomy, frozen section techniques, special stains and immunohistochemistry staining techniques. Assists with fine needle aspirates and grossing of biopsy specimens when needed. 3. Serves as a resource for coworkers and facilitates the workflow within the lab. 4. Processes tissues and samples for IHC to include fixation, embedding, sectioning and staining of tissues. Has a thorough understanding of the handling and fixation processes of immunohistochemistry and IHC specimens. Responsible for working up and validating new antibodies as requested by the pathologists. 5. Facilitates in the development and evaluation of new procedures and protocols. 6. Applies scientific methods in problem solving and evaluates new methods and techniques. Assures that quality control criteria are met and adheres to established laboratory policies in handling hazardous substances. 7. Maintains a quality management system relative to the technical services of the anatomic laboratory. Establishes and maintains data collection of the quality management system. 8. Assists the laboratory manager of Anatomic Pathology in preparing, reviewing, and revising the laboratory's procedure manuals for CAP and other accrediting agencies also assuring compliance with governmental, accreditation and hospital standards. Incorporates the results of QM activities in the operating procedures of the Histology and IHC sections of Anatomic Pathology. 9. Operates and ensures maintenance of the specialized laboratory instruments such as the automated immunostainer(s) by performing minor repairs and employing trouble-shooting techniques as appropriate. 10. Maintains appropriate inventory of reagents, chemicals, and clerical supplies ensuring optimal immunohistologic services. Maintains logs of controls and control blocks for IHC. 11. Performs job functions adhering to service principles with customer service focus of innovation, service excellence and teamwork to provide the highest quality care and service to our patients, families, co-workers and others. 12. Completes competency testing and mandatory and continuing education requirements as defined by the position. Develops, coordinates, assesses and documents competency testing. 13. Other job functions as assigned.Qualifications1. A Bachelor's Degree (in the biological sciences) preferred but not required and demonstration of progressive acceptable clinical laboratory experience. (i.e. Specialist certification, documented increasing clinical laboratory responsibility and/or documented continuing education in a chosen clinical specialty area). HTL (ASCP), IHC (ASCP), HT (ASCP), NCA (NCS), and other acceptable certificates/licensures or a minimum of 5 years related experience under a board certified pathologist. 2. A minimum of 3 years of experience in an accredited anatomic pathology laboratory with experience in Immunohistochemistry and the performance of IHC staining techniques. Has a thorough knowledge of the theory and principles of Immunohistochemistry. Will serve as resource person. 3. Knowledge of diluting concentrated antibodies a necessity. Documented experience in research methods morphologic investigation with exposure to a broad range of techniques. Demonstrates progressive acceptable anatomical laboratory experience. Provides timely communication link between staff and leadership. 4. Demonstrates technical/clinical expertise. Good communication skills required. Attention to detail is critical.