As a member of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service, the Histopathology Technologist performs a full range of routine and specialized tests. The Histopathology Technologist will utilize information technology systems to apply histopathology techniques and broad scientific principles from the fields of biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology. Histopathology technologist work is vital to provide diagnoses and prognoses that allow for planning appropriate and life-saving treatments. The Histopathology Technologist serves under the clinical direction of the Supervisory Health Science Specialist & have duties encompassing a wide range of clinical and technical responsibilities. The Histopathology Technologist duties consist of but are not limited to the follow: Responsible for independently performs a full range of routine and specialized tests. Performs all routine histology procedures including accessioning, grossing, embedding, frozen section microtomy, paraffin microtomy, H&E staining, and histochemical staining. Performs all immunohistochemical (IHC), direct immunofluorescence (DIF), and in situ hybridization (ISH) staining using appropriate controls, multiple detection techniques, and multiple instruments Performs quality control in complex IHC techniques, including but not limited to new detection kits, lot number titrations, and testing of concentrated antibodies Evaluates the validity of results obtained in relation to the test system and collection procedures. Microscopically interprets and correlates staining results with established staining criteria Collects, harvests and processes control material used in histochemistry and IHC Prepares STAT kidney biopsies, microscopically evaluating the quality and quantity of cortical tissue. Accurately separates fresh kidney core biopsy samples into differing fixatives required for routine paraffin, immunofluorescence and electron microscopy examination Accurately prepares samples for transport to reference laboratories. Maintains integrity of patient samples throughout. Monitors return of results and investigates/troubleshoots unexpected delays in turnaround time. Researches newly ordered tests Organizes, coordinates, and prioritizes simultaneous work assignments, completing all work within designated timeframes Ensures laboratory security by following all established VA hospital policies and procedures Other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday from 2:00 PM to 10:30 PM. Afternoon tour hours maybe flexible (Note: Work schedules are determined and approved by the supervisor. May be required to work various shifts on a permanent or temporary basis based on patient care needs). Functional Statement Title: Histopathology Technologist, GS-601-09 Relocation/Moving Expenses: Will not be reimbursed. Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: Recruitment/Relocation Incentives are not authorized for this position. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.