Prepare, screen, and evaluate gynecological and non-gynecological cytology specimens. Determine suitability of specimen for accessioning and rendering a diagnostic judgment.
Render a microscopic diagnosis on a variety of complex cytology specimens independent of a pathologist's interpretation. Determine appropriate triage of obtained specimen for further diagnostic studies.
Provide direct patient care diagnostic support to clinics by evaluating specimens procured by the fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy technique independent of direct pathologist supervision.
Perform rapid on-site evaluation (ROSE) for a variety of procedures to include (but not limited to) bronchoscopy, transbronchial FNA (TBNA), transthoracic FNA, ultrasound-guided, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS-FNA), CT, interventional radiology guided.
Provide quality assurance oversight of peers by re-screening of negative smears.
Train technicians and others in technique, instrumentation, and organization of work. Teach pathology residents and physicians diagnostic cytology criteria through microscopic sessions.
Instruct providers on proper specimen collection and submission. Participate in providing health instruction to providers, patients, and community groups.
Research, test, and implement new procedures and equipment. Assist Medical Director and residents with research projects. Formulate research hypotheses and study design; mentor and train junior cytologists.
Assure compliance with quality assurance/control and proficiency testing programs, safety standards, accreditation requirements, and departmental policies. Provide consultative cytology services to regional sites.
Conditions of Employment
This position requires the incumbent be able to obtain and maintain a determination of eligibility for a Tier 3 security investigation or access for the duration of employment. A background investigation and credit check are required.
This position requires the incumbent to have tuberculosis testing.
Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
This position has mandatory seasonal influenza vaccination requirements and is subject to annual seasonal influenza vaccinations unless otherwise exempted for medical or religious reasons (documentation of exemption must be provided upon hire).
This position requires the completion of a pre-employment Physical Examination and an annual examination thereafter to ensure the continued, required level of physical health and ability or fitness to perform the duties of the position.
Who May Apply: US Citizens
In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document
Basic Requirement for Cytotechnologist:
Degree: Bachelor's or graduate (or higher level) degree with major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. This degree must be from an educational program accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
Direct Deposit of Pay is required
Internal Number: NCJT185252765597EMR1
About Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
The Cytotechnologist will be part of a clinical team that cares for military members and their beneficiaries. The incumbent will participate in a rotating schedule to include specimen processing, rapid on-site evaluation of adequacy (ROSE; ROSA) of fine needle aspirations, and screening of gynecologic (ThinPrep) and non-gynecologic specimens.