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Cytologist

Location: Rockville, MD Additional Locations:
Job Number: 779878 Date posted: 03/13/2019
Description:

Under indirect supervision, performs interpretative microscopic evaluation for gynecologic and non-gynecologic cytology specimens, including fine needle aspiration specimens. Diagnosis & report final cytology interpretation of normal gynecologic specimens and prepare preliminary interpretation of abnormal gynecological as well as all non-gynecological samples for pathologist's review and final diagnosis. Records and analyzes findings, correlates data and reports results in accordance with accepted practice and compliance requirements.



Essential Responsibilities:

  • Performs microscopic examination of cellular specimens to recognize, identify and screen for evidence of morphologic changes. Analyzes and classifies cellular constituents in accordance with established criteria.


  • Identifies questionable cellular configuration and reviews the patient clinical history to establish preliminary interpretation of abnormal morphological features based upon cellular evidence in conjunction with pertinent cognitive knowledge; reports findings and presents specimen to supervisor and/or pathologist for evaluative diagnosis.


  • Prepares final reports of gynecological cytology specimens which have been classified as normal or without evidence of cellular abnormalities & presents abnormal gynecological as well as all non-gynecological specimens, including fine needle aspirations to the pathologists for evaluative diagnosis.


  • Performs cytopreparatory techniques and staining-/ cover slipping procedures ensuring that established techniques are utilized; labels specimens and conforms to the standards of the departmental quality control program.


  • Enters and retrieves information using the laboratory information system(s) where required.

  • Performs quality control and quality assurance procedures according to established protocol.

  • Assures that adequate department supply levels are maintained in a cost effective manner.

  • Assists supervisor with the training and orientation of new employees and medical staff.

  • Keep abreast of changing techniques, procedures, interpretive findings associated with cytology through participation in continuing education.

  • Performs other related duties as directed.

  • One year minimum experience will be considered.


    Basic Qualifications:

    Experience

  • Minimum two (2) years of recent full time cytology laboratory experience required.
    Education

  • Bachelor's degree in clinical lab, physical, or biological science required, OR four (4) years of experience in a directly related field.

  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
    License, Certification, Registration

  • Possess CT (ASCP) Board of Registry certification.

  • Demonstration of a passing score of (90%) for all Gynecological Cytology Proficiency Testing events (CLIA and CAP requirement).

     

    Additional Requirements:

  • Completed an accredited cytology program.

  • Documented completion of Hologic Thin Prep training.

     

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum five (5) years fulltime cytology lab experience with screening of non-gynecological including FNA specimens.
  • Primary Location: Maryland,Rockville,Rockville Regional Laboratory 6111 Executive Blvd. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Working Hours Start: 9:00 AM Working Hours End: 5:30 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: UFCW - Local 400 Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Laboratory Department: Laboratory Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

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