Duties include, but may not be limited to the following:
Evaluates cytology preparations by light microscopy and classifies them according to international nomenclature; and issues and verifies the final diagnosis for gynecologic specimens interpreted to be negative.
Makes diagnoses using a wide range of knowledge of the human body and pathologic processes; and using clinical history provided/and or consults clinician.
Retrieves, accessions, and prepares cytology specimens; determines appropriateness of specimen collection and preservation; and enters information into the computer system.
Attends fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy procedures throughout the facility in order to collect, handle, prepare, and triage the specimen and independently render preliminary assessment.
Helps train and orient new support staff, cytotechnologists, cytoprep technicians, residents and other new employees within the cytology department.
Assists in the collection of fine needle aspiration specimens; and assists during FNA procedures performed by pathologists.
Prepares and stains smears for the purpose of rendering an adequacy reading and specimen triage; performs cytology preparation, stain, and prepares reagents and verifies correct instrument operating using appropriate methods; reviews the preliminary slide results with the cytopathologist; and prepares specimens for screening.
Reviews cases with clinicians, oncologists, pathologists, etc.; and consults with outside physicians and support staff about cases from various facilities in regard to specimen handling.
Establishes and maintains quality control and quality assurance procedures to check the accuracy and validity of test results.
Prepares the quarterly/histology correlation monitor; and maintains cytotechnologist screening workload statistics and other workload data.
Participates in proficiency testing programs of regulatory agencies.
Maintains cytology case slide and requisition files in compliance with mandated guidelines; and performs other duties as required.
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Subject to a background/security investigation
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
May be required to serve a probationary period
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Applicants must possess a Bachelor's or graduate/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 from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (external link) at the time the degree was obtained. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the above requirement, applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: receiving and processing cytology specimens using light microscopy; accessioning specimens and performing special and immunohistochemical staining; preparing and staining smears; assisting with fine needle aspirations (FNA); utilizing specimen processing equipment and instruments; maintaining regulatory compliance; and training other staff in cytology procedures.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) - Successful completion of 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate 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 to substitute for the one year of experience, is fully qualifying for the GS-9.
COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) - Combination of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.
You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
Analysis and Problem Solving
Organizational Performance Analysis
IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
The Mountain Home VA Health Care System includes the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home (Johnson City), TN, located on a 260 acre park-like main campus of massive oak trees and expansive green spaces surrounded by towering mountains, multiple outpatient clinics, a domiciliary, and a Community Living Center, providing both short and long-term care. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care. Our academic affiliation with the East Tennessee State University (ETSU) School of Medicine provides rich educational opportunities for trainees and staff alike. The MHVAHCS received the Veteran's Health Administration Cary Award for 2013, recognizing us at the highest level of VA quality achievement nationally.