This position serves as the point of contact or technical expert and advisor to laboratory and professional medical staff in the specialty of histopathology. Independently performs both routine and complex histological procedures. Primary function includes performing difficult and complex tasks on surgical, autopsied, hematopoietic and cytological specimens; utilizing specialized techniques for the examination and handling of tissue, cell buttons, bones, marrows and needle biopsies; and preparing technically adequate slides of tissue sections by processing tissue blocks, embedding tissue, cutting, staining and cover slipping. Additionally, the incumbent operates computerized laboratory equipment to fix, dehydrate and infiltrate with wax tissue specimens to be preserved for study by Pathologists. The Incumbent works closely with all staff members performing the details that are essential to the orderly and efficient accomplishment of the unit's goals.
Minimum Qualifications (REQUIRED):
English Language Proficiency
Experience or Education
One year of experience in a health care field that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work such as but not limited to a medical or clinical laboratory assistant (or technician) or health technician. OR,
Four academic years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation such as biological science or chemistry; or Successful completion of two academic years of study above high school that included at least 24 semester hours in Chemistry and/or in appropriate fields of biological science and successful completion of a 12-month program of education and training in histopathology or cytotechnology. OR,
Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable such as six months of experience in the health care field and two years of education above high school that included at least six semester hours in health care related courses such as biological science, surgical technician courses or other courses related to the position; or an associate's degree in a health care related field or six months of experience in the health care field and successful completion of a course for health care technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or histopathology technicians given by the U.S. Armed Forces.
Additional Qualifications for this Grade Level (REQUIRED):
One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level which demonstrates knowledge of professional anatomic pathology principles, practices, concepts, and theories providing for sound independent work; knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures, principles of performance improvement, reagent management, inventory supply systems, and document control systems; knowledge of anatomic pathology laboratory equipment and ability to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot instrumentation; ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member, and effectively complete assignments; and ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and evaluate laboratory results. Your experience must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position:
Skill in applying professional, complex anatomic pathology principles, practices, concepts, and theories in performing new or difficult specialized testing methods or techniques.
Ability to provide technical oversight of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement exhibiting competence in managing reagent and supply inventories and document control systems.
Ability to validate methodologies, operate anatomic pathology laboratory equipment and perform complex instrument troubleshooting.
Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and evaluate laboratory results and resolve problems.
Internal Number: CBAU-10836525-20-CRM
About VA Central California Health Care System
The Veterans Affairs Central California Health Care System based in Fresno, California proudly serves Veterans throughout Central California. The Medical Center is situated on 18.5 acres and was dedicated in March 1950. Located in the beautiful and agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley, many of the centers modern and attractive interiors compliment the natural beauty of the area. The Health Care System is a 114 bed acute care, general medical and surgical center with state of the art primary, secondary and tertiary care in major diagnostic and treatment specializations and three CBOC’s. Extensive outpatient services are provided in a managed care environment by five Primary Care Teams and numerous specialty care clinics, including women’s health. A 60-bed Community Living Center provides skilled nursing and rehabilitation care.