The Histopathology Technologist uses professional skills in applying anatomic pathology principles, practices, concepts, and theories to perform new or difficult specialized testing methods, such as immunohistochemical, histochemical, and frozen section techniques. Duties/Task: Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all processing from wet tissue to slide preparation involving anatomic pathology, i.e. surgical pathology, and autopsy pathology Performs highly complex gross tissue description and sampling on most specimen, utilizing proper dictation, dissection techniques proper specimen orientation, and confers with on-duty pathologist regarding some larger and any unusual specimen Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for diagnostic evaluation considering physiologic processes and requirements Performs frozen section preparations Assists with the collection and processing of kidney biopsies Skill in performing detailed Mohs procedures Adheres to practices and regulations governing safety in the laboratory Operates the microtome to achieve tissue sections of the thickness required for variety of tissue types and test methods Performs routine and special histochemical stains as requested by the pathologist Trains and performs cross coverage duties in the Immunohistochemistry laboratory including fluorescence when needed Operates and maintains highly complex equipment, including automated and manual rotary microtomes, tissue processors, cryostat microtomes, automated stainers, cover slippers and immunohistochemical stainers Performs quality control and assurance procedures well as troubleshoot quality control problems including examining slides under a microscope to ensure tissue preparation meets laboratory requirements Ability to convey knowledge of safety regulations and guidelines from organizations such as College of American Pathologists (CAP), The Joint Commission (TJC), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to ensure staff compliance with safety requirements, including continuing education and employee orientation. - File blocks, slides, and residual tissue and maintains them in accordance with record retention guidelines Packages, appropriately records, and distributes a variety send out request in accordance with established laboratory procedures. Incorporates principles of educational methodology in the instruction and training of new employees and students and in the laboratory's internship/continuing education program Communicates effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member Organizes work and sets priorities to meet deadlines Maintains an adequate stock of supplies in the various areas of the laboratory and indicates when supplies are low Other duties as assigned Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Seattle Division Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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