Position Summary: We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Lead Clinical Histology Tech.
In this role, the successful candidate prepares tissue specimens for pathological examination. Assist in daily quality assurance and quality control tasks within the laboratory, and participates in test validation. Assists in the supervision, work flow management, and training of histology technicians in the anatomic pathology laboratory
Specimen Embedding and Microtomy: Orients and embeds various types of surgical specimens properly and according to grossing instructions. Able to meltdown and re-embed the tissue when necessary to optimize tissue material (consults/controls). Cuts paraffin blocks correctly to produce slides of high quality, following standard protocols. Cuts thin (2-3 micron) sections skillfully and consistently according to standard histological technique. Orients the block face to the knife exactly to cut no trim serial sections. Able to produce multiple slides without exhausting tissue. Verifies the accuracy of the accession number on the slide against the cassette.
Specimen Preparation: Prepares renal, derm, and blood samples for processing and IF staining including dividing the tissue, freezing, and centrifugation as necessary
Staining and preparation of solutions: H/E and special staining (both automated and manual) and preparation of solutions. Immunohistochemical and Immunofluourescent staining (automated and manual) and preparation of antibodies and reagents. Review of controls for acceptable staining
Slide coverslipping, labeling and distribution: Correctly operates the coverslipper. Ensures the coverslipper is dispensing the proper amount of xylene, tape is loaded, tape size selected properly and correctly placing the coverslip over the tissue section and not over ventana labels. Able to trouble shoot any problems related to the coverslipper. Able to coverslip manually without air bubbles in a timely fashion. Accurately labels all slides; checking against the block and histology orders. Ensures that all slides have a legible label. Distributes slides to the appropriate individual in a timely fashion according to priority lists; notifies supervisor of delays
Filing of blocks and slides
Utilizing the cryostat for preparation of frozen sections: Cuts 3-5 micron frozen sections skillfully and consistently. Completes the frozen section procedure in a timely matter. Utilizes the proper stain for the FS procedure. Maintains and cleans cryostat and decontaminates as necessary. Checks cryostat temperature and records daily to ensure proper functioning.
Utilizing, maintaining, and troubleshooting all equipment; tissue processors (VIP & Peloris), microtomes, embedding centers, H&E Stainer, Coverslipper, Special Stainers (Ventana NexEs and Benchmark), Ventana XT and Ultra, and all other histology equipment. Troubleshoots error messages appropriately. Performs daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance on machines/equipment. Follows preventive maintenance schedules; notifies supervisor of out of range issues.
Proper use of LIS; Powerpath and Omnitrax: Demonstrates ability to use the LIS(PowerPath) correctly. Demonstrates ability to use Omnitrax (HRM and GRM) correctly. Demonstrates ability to use Matrax to sign out slides and distribute to resident or attending pathologist correctly. Capable of logging in, reviewing, and printing daily laboratory work lists and labels. Able to use PP and Omnitrax to troubleshoot problems between grossing and histology labs. Adept to trouble shoot any problems related to the Slidemate and Zebra Label Printer.
QC/QA Participation: Adheres to laboratory QA/QC policy with regards to lot and control testing. Assesses controls before distribution. For special stains reviews and signs off on run log or manual staining log and aquires MD approval of controls daily. For IHC slides reviews and signs off on run log or acquires supervisor or MD approval if uncertain. Keeps workstation clean/changes solutions as required by lab protocols. Reports any known problems regarding quality to the supervisor.
Participation in supply inventory management and ordering if applicable: Participates in inventory management by identifying and notifying supervisor when items are low in stock. Places orders for supplies and reagents (if applicable) in a timely fashion to avoid any interruption of services. Puts supplies away where they belong in a timely fashion. Ensures that solutions in use are not expired. Ensures that solutions are marked when received and opened and secondary containers are labeled correctly.
Supervisory and Training Assistance: Participates actively in developing, evaluating, and implementing approved new procedures or modifications to existing polices or procedures. Trains newly hired technical staff effectively regarding laboratory procedures and department policies. Orients existing employees to new procedures and/or changes in existing ones. Troubleshoots technical problems by working with vendor tech support. Monitors the work of staff on a daily basis in order to provide clear and accurate feedback to the supervisor regarding productivity. Ensures that work is efficiently distributed to the staff on a daily basis (based on priority list). Can direct staff in the absence of the supervisor. Notifies supervisor immediately of any problems (or medical director if necessary).
Minimum Qualifications: To qualify you must have a NYSDOH Licensed as a Certified Clinical Laboratory histotechnician, histotechnologist, technician, or technologist. Bachelors degree in the major of biology, chemistry or physical sciences from an accredited college or university. Experience in Histology and Immunohistochemistry. Effective oral, written, communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrates above average knowledge or expertise in dealing with scientific principals involved in the methodology performed, as well as alternative methodologies and their application to a given situation. Exposure to computer systems. Good communication skills. Minimum 4 years of experience in a clinical laboratory required
Preferred Qualifications: ASCP HT, HTL, or QIHC Certificate. Minimum of 6 years experience in a clinical laboratory required. Experience in Renal Pathology or Immunofluorescence. Previous laboratory supervisory experience. Excellent computer knowledge using Microsoft word, excel, and outlook.
Qualified candidates must be able to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization.
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