This incumbent will receive a variety of specimens to process in the histopathology department at the Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare System in Biloxi, MS. The purpose of the position is to assist the pathologists in getting an acceptable specimen to view any abnormalities. Duties and responsibilities may include any combination of those found at the GS-7 grade level; however, individuals in these assignments work under close supervision and are given some of the freedom of action typically found at the higher level. The duties and responsibilities of the Histopathology Technician include but are not limited to the following: Recognize and identify as to type and origin, pieces of wet tissue and to select those which will demonstrate the lesion known or suspected to be present. Orient specimens and use the embedding center to make paraffin blocks. Process specimens through proper fixing agents and prepare paraffin blocks, frozen sections and/or direct smears. Section blocks of minute thickness, depending on the pathologist's direction, with a minimal number of folds and streaks, and stain with routine and/or specialized stains. Perform specialized, difficult and non-standardized staining techniques and complex tissue tests. Select control sections to be used in stains and tests, determine that results are satisfactory, and those results will demonstrate known or suspected lesions. Describe surgical specimens, grossly sectioning them if necessary, and submitting them, entirely if small enough or representative portions of common specimens, for routine histopathological processing. Conduct experiments and develop modifications of standard stains or tests to meet more effectively the changing needs of the histochemistry section. Applies comprehensive knowledge necessary to recognize significant deviations in test patterns and, when applicable, recommend additional and/or new tests. Assists in the accomplishment of research projects carried out in the department. Maintains records of processed work in an orderly manner, which will allow accessed work to be easily retrievable. This includes the identification, listing, logging, tagging and serially numbering of specimens. Assists pathologist with post-mortem examinations (autopsies). Establish and maintain policies and procedures according to all P&LMS regulatory agencies (OSHA, JCAHO, CAP, VA). Affixes labels designating chemical hazards, stores, and categorizes chemicals received into inventory. Assures that chemicals are stored according to regulatory guidelines and hazardous communications. Maintains an up to date log of alcohol usage in conjunction with P&LMS safety policy. Conducts rapid freezing of the tissue is done with a cryostat. The incumbent cuts, stains and mounts for immediate examination by the pathologist while the surgeon waits for the report. Research, investigate, and implement complicated immunohistochemical stains and introduce their utilization, at the direction of the pathologists, to the armamentarium of the facility's pathology department. Assist in the preparation and performance of autopsies and be knowledgeable to instruct Medical Technicians in the performance of their required duties. Performs extremely difficult, intricate, delicate, and demanding procedures in preparing and examining a great variety of cytological specimens from any part of the body. Assists medical photographer with preparation of tissues for photographic study. In the absence of the medical photographer, incumbent may perform the duties of photographing of gross and microscopic tissues. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 5:00 A.M.-1:30 P.M.; 6:00 A.M, - 2:30 P.M.; 7:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.; 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. (Will be required to be on call). Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 598327500
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