Histotechnician perform a variety of technical procedures that result in the preparation of slides for the pathologist to make a diagnosis from a patient’s tissue sample. Essential duties for a Histotechnician include but are not limited to tissue processing, embedding, microtomy, H&E staining, special stains and immunohistochemistry. This position reports to the Laboratory Supervisor. Will receive supervision and direction from the Dermatopathologists.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Specimen processing – as the first step in the process to prepare slides for pathologists, operates computerized laboratory equipment (vacuum infiltrating processor) to fix, dehydrate and infiltrate with paraffin tissue specimens
Embedding – using an embedding center, makes paraffin blocks by infiltrating tissue specimens with hot wax
Microtomy – cuts thin sections from paraffin blocks with the use of a microtome to make glass slides.
Staining – operates a computerized stainer system to stain slides with the H&E stain.
Special Stains – operates computerized equipment or uses manual methods to stain tissues with different dyes in order to make cells details visible under the microscope.
Immunohistochemistry – operates computerized laboratory equipment (IHC Stainer) to perform a special stain which detects antigens in cells of tissue sections by exploiting the principle of antibodies binding specifically to antigens in biological tissues.
Quality Control/Quality Assurance – participates in the QA/QC program in order to comply with federal and state laws and regulations. Participates in the preventive maintenance program for all laboratory equipment including processors, embedding centers, microtomes, water baths, strainers and microscopes.
Safety – participates in safety training in order to make our work place a safer environment and to comply with federal and state laws and regulations.
Filing blocks and slides – helps keep slides and blocks filed according to standard operating procedure.
Supply inventory – is involved in maintaining all supplies and inventory.
Specimen bottles disposal – helps with the disposal of specimen bottles according to standard operating procedure.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Must hold a license as a Histology Technician from The State of Florida
Must also be certified as a Histotechnician HT (ASCP)
Additional Salary Information: Paid time off
Healthcare spending or reimbursement accounts such as HSAs or FSAs
Other types of insurance
Retirement benefits or accounts
Internal Number: 001
About Dermatology Specialists of Florida
At Dermatology Specialists, we’re committed to providing our patients with the highest quality, comprehensive care for their skin. Our providers combine education, experience, and continual training with advanced, proven treatments and technology.
We operate our own centralized dermatopathology laboratory, providing accurate and timely biopsy results for our patients. Under the leadership of our dermatopathologists, histology technicians and laboratory administrative staff works alongside our dermatologists to meet and exceed the standards of care.
We adhere to specific quality assurance procedures, working through a detailed documentation of the patient’s history and clinical impression, gross examination of the biopsied lesion, tissue processing and complex tissue staining methods to prepare quality tissue slides for microscopic analysis. Our lab is accredited by CAP, the College of American Pathologists, acknowledging the best use of policies and procedures.