Section I: Position Summary:
To efficiently prepare and process dermatology tissue specimens histologically using the cryostat for microscopic evaluation by the Mohs surgeon.
Section II: Typical Physical Demands of Job Duties:
Sitting, standing, lifting and carrying objects, reaching, stooping, squatting, kneeling, and bending. Repetitive motion of arms and hands required for microtomy and embedding of specimens. Visual acuity needed to read specimen bottle labels, tissue block numbers, slide numbers and protocols, while paying close attention to detail. Hearing acuity needed to communicate within the department and answer timers for staining protocols. Lifting up to but not limited to 50 pounds. Requires working occasional extended hours.
(The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.)
Section III: Working Conditions:
Room temperature varies. Work closely with co-workers. Biohazards materials exposure. Prolonged and intermittent cold exposure to hands (-15 to -30
Safety items provided by the employer are: lab coat, eye protection, rapid fan exhaust ventilation, gloves, emergency eye wash/shower, and barrier proof gowns for tissue grossing.
(The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
Section IV: Duties and Responsibilities: (This list may not include all of the duties assigned and may be updated intermittently to accommodate miscellaneous duties as assigned.)
Comply with safety standards and quality measures per OSHA/CLIA policies and procedures.
Fill out daily quality assurance and log book forms for equipment and procedures according to CLIA regulations.
Gross dermatology specimens according to procedure outlined in the written protocol
Embed specimens according to outlined protocol in the procedure manual.
Section specimens at 4 microns or appropriate settings using a cryostat according to the outlined protocol in the procedure manual.
Run autostainer and set up/maintain chemicals according to protocol.
Perform special staining of slides according to the protocol.
Organize additional cuts and stains for the Mohs surgeon.
Label and organize slides as they are coverslipped.
File tissue slides numerically.
Label, dispose of and package hazardous waste according to EPA guidelines.
Wash lab glassware and dishes.
Clean up of work stations daily.
Order supplies for staining and processing slides.
Maintain Green Award standards.
Lab contact for request or questions.
Duties and Activities:
· Map tissue specimens according to Mohs technique and prepare microscopic slides
· Maintain quality control on all slides processed and monitor ongoing QC study
· Create and maintain accurate files and logs needed for records, entering, updating, and/or recording information accurately and in a timely manner.
· Monitor inventory levels of supplies and equipment on a regular basis
· Maintain and operate the laboratory and surgical equipment including cryostat
· Disposes stains and cleans glass containers and petri dishes.
· Maintains equipment, instruments and cleanliness of the working area and maintains a safe, clean work environment including proper labeling and storage of chemicals and specimens (and disposal of same).
· Researches, troubleshoots, and resolves histology related inquiries and problems within the laboratory.
· Maintains log for patient identification system.
· Ensures a safe environment in the lab according to OSHA standards
· Maintain documentation as required by CLIA guidelines
· Maintains liquid nitrogen tank.
· Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein
· Maintain standards consistent with The Skin Surgery Center Mission Statement
· Functions as a team member by assisting, supporting, and encouraging other employees in any way possible.
· Maintains and updates OSHA and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) records.
· High School Diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor's Degree in Medical Technology, Basic Science or related field, preferred.
· American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification as Mohs Histotechnician (MHT), required. Certification as Histotechnologist (HTL), preferred
· Medical terminology knowledge and pathology information system experience preferred.
· Minimum of one (1) year pertinent laboratory experience.
· Excellent interpersonal, organizational, written and oral communication skills.
· Knowledge of anatomy and medical terminology.
Sitting, some standing, stooping, and reaching.
Manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, type at 50 wpm.
Correctable vision to 20/20 and hearing in a normal range for telephone contacts.
Minimal weight lifting over 10 pounds.
Sometimes busy, hectic, noisy, and/or stressful with interruptions.
This description is intended to provide basic guidelines for meeting job requirements. Responsibilities, knowledge, skills, abilities, and working conditions may change as needs evolve.