The VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System is currently seeking one highly motivated and energetic individual to join our team as a Histopathology Technologist in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service. This position is located within the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service at the VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System. The Histopathology Technologist at the full performance level performs a full range of routine and specialized tests. They utilize information technology systems to apply histopathology techniques and broad scientific principles from the fields of biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology. Duties of the position include and are not limited to: Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all processing from wet tissue to slide preparation involving anatomic pathology, i.e. surgical pathology, and autopsy pathology Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for diagnostic evaluation considering physiologic processes and requirements Identifies the need for and perform fixation techniques that are non-routine such as lymph node preparations and bone decalcification Performs frozen section preparations Assists with the collection and processing of kidney biopsies Adheres to practices and regulations governing safety in the laboratory Operates the microtome to achieve tissue sections of the thickness required for variety of tissue types and test methods Performs routine and special histochemical stains as requested by the pathologist Trains and performs cross coverage duties in the Immunohistochemistry laboratory including fluorescence in-situ hybridization (FISH) and chromogenic in-situ hybridization (CISH) as well as FISH analysis when needed Operates and performs routine maintenance of instruments, troubleshoots, and resolves problems Performs quality control and assurance procedures well as troubleshoot quality control problems including examining slides under a microscope to ensure tissue preparation meets laboratory requirements File blocks, slides, and residual tissue and maintains them in accordance with record retention guidelines Packages, appropriately records, and distributes a variety send out request in accordance with established laboratory procedures Incorporates principles of educational methodology in the instruction and training of new employees and students and in the laboratory's internship/continuing education program Communicates effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member Organizes work and sets priorities to meet deadlines Maintains an adequate stock of supplies in the various areas of the laboratory and indicates when supplies are low Assists in autopsy procedures and the maintenance of the autopsy suite, as needed Other related duties as assigned Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 0700 - 1530, Rotational weekends and holidays required Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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