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Histopath Tech II/Surgical Pathology

Requisition #: 176393
Location: Johns Hopkins Hospital/Johns Hopkins Health System, Baltimore, MD 21201
Category: Laboratory/Pathology
Work Shift: Day Shift
Work Week: Full Time (40 hours)
Weekend Work Required: Yes
Date Posted: March 6, 2019

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Prepares tissue samples for microscopic examination by a pathologist. Performs duties independently requiring sound judgement and problem solving skills, under the general supervision of a supervisor, lead or charge technician.
Performs all duties of Histo Tech I, in addition to, maintaining and programming tissue processors, performing special stains techniques and preparing various staining solutions, decalcifying bone specimens and staining using a modified H&E stain technique, operating automated slide and cassette printers.

Full Time (40 hours per week) - Day Shift

7:00 am - 3:30 pm

Weekend Work Required

Work Location: Weinberg 2242, 401 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231

Pay Grade: CI

Requires a minimum of an Associate's degree in Histotechnology
College coursework with at least 60 semester hours of academic credit from an accredited college /university, with a combination of 12 semester hours of biology and chemistry (must include credit hours in both), with successful completion of a NAACLS accredited Histotechnololgy training program or completion of a clinical histology rotation in a NAACLS accredited laboratory granting HT(ASCP) eligibility
High school diploma with successful completion of a NAACLS accredited Histotechnology training program granting HT(ASCP) eligibility.

HT (ASCP) Certification preferred

A minimum of one year experience as a histology technician in a clinical setting is required. A clinical internship as a part of a NAACLS accredited Histotechnology program will be counted as one year of clinical experience. Without the completion of a NAACLS accredited Histotechnology program and certification, a minimum 5 years of clinical histology work experience is required. Interpersonal skills (verbal and written); must be able to interact with pathologists, clinicians, histotechs, and other staff related to specimen description and instructions. Manual dexterity and good hand-eye coordination; demonstrated ability to use small/sharp instruments, manual and automated equipment for accurate and quality preparation of tissue specimens. Staff should be able to demonstrate work related knowledge of medical terminology immediately upon hire.

SKILLS: Following standard operating procedures, capable of independently performing:
1.Loading and programming tissue processors
2.Embedding and organizing paraffin blocks,
3.Microtomy at appropriate thickness,
4.Staining of routine slides with hematoxylin and eosin (manually and automated),
5.Performing slide/block match for quality control recognizing discrepancies and takes corrective action
6.Performs microscopic quality control review of slides for routine and special stains
7.Use of laboratory equipment, including but not limited to: coverslipper, metric balance, water baths, ovens, computers, printers, microwave, etc.
8. Capable of performing preventative maintenance on microtomes, automatic stainer, coverslipper, automated stainers and other equipment as specified.
9.Computer competency with typing of at least 30 WPM.
10.Capable of independently preparing and performing all special stains;
11.Capable of decalcifying and staining of bone tissue;
12.Operation of the automated slide and cassette printing system
13.Requires basic knowledge of theory and concept of Immunohistochemistry.
14.Requires critical thinking and analytical skills to troubleshoot complex tasks.

This is close precision work requiring attention to detail. Must have strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills. Must have the ability to read and interpret directions, both oral and written. Organize and prioritize work and follow through on assignments. Can work successfully individually or as part of a team in a high volume, dynamic laboratory.

Visual acuity and the ability to distinguish fine gradation of colors, including differentiating of red and green. Manual dexterity in both hands, with above average eye and hand coordination. Able to grasp and manipulate small instruments and delicate equipment

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