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Cytologist

POSITION SUMMARY: The skilled Cytologist examines human cell samples under the microscope looking for early signs of cancer and other diseases.# The Cytologist processes and examines Cytologic smears for malignant cells, normal cells and micro organisms, and issues the final report on specimens that contain normal cells.# When abnormal cells are present, the Cytologist works with a Pathologist to arrive at a final diagnosis.# The Cytologist works with little supervision.# # EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION Must have a Bachelors degree with a strong science/math/computer science background; as well as successful completion of 12 month CAHEA accredited Cytotechnolgy program.# Must be American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASC) registered.# # COMPETENCIES This work requires the incumbent have relatively good eyesight for looking through the microscope to determine results.# Must be able to work independently while still maintaining a high level of accuracy of findings. Must be patient and precise and be comfortable with making decisions and taking responsibility for his/her findings, since findings will directly affect a patient#s course of treatment. # ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITES: Disclaimer: Job descriptions are not intended, nor should they be construed to be, exhaustive lists of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the job.# They are intended to be accurate reflections of the principal duties and responsibilities of this position.# These responsibilities and competencies listed below may change from time to time. # # ######### Job-Specific Competency 1.##### Processes Cytologic smears, verifying the identification of specimen, verifying the adequacy of specimen, troubleshoot any problem regarding processing, staining and cover slipping.# Exceeds- Less than 1% errors noted after final sign out. 2.##### Screens Cytologic preparations successfully identifying abnormal cells, parasites, and viral changes. Exceeds- Exceeds QC standards by 2% 3.##### Make Cytolgic Interpretation using clinical data of patient and compare to microscopic findings Exceeds- Exceeds QC standards by 2% 4.##### Write a final report using recognized Cytopathologic/ Histopathologic terminology for Gynecological cell samples which are normal. Exceeds- Exceeds QC standards by 2% 5.##### Convey information to those professionals directly responsible for patient care so they understand. Exceeds- No complaints regarding conveying information to professions 6.##### Examines and conveys preliminary interpretation of specimens from other sites such as:# lung, bladder, body cavities, central nervous system, gastrointestinal tract, liver, lymph nodes, thyroid, salivary glands, and breast. Exceeds- Less than 1% errors with history and preliminary interpretation when conveyed to Pathologist. 7.##### Work independently, providing a definitive diagnosis in a timely, safe, and cost-effective manner. Exceeds- Consistently achieves the maximum slide per hour standard more then 90% of the time. 8.##### Maintains all equipment in optimal operating condition. Exceeds- Cannot be exceeded 9.##### Follow all Hospital and Laboratory policies concerning safety infection control and universal precautions. Exceeds- Leads laboratory in safety training, take role as safety officer. 10.# Performs Quality Control in accordance with section standards. Exceeds- Exceeds QC standards by 2% 11.# Maintains proficiency by involvement in continuing education programs and attendance at Cytology meetings. Exceeds- Attends two or more meetings plus/or participated in at least six online workshops per year. 12.# Provides data entry functions as they pertain to Cytology Specimens. Exceeds- No more then 1% input errors per year. *cb

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