Job Summary Screens cytology slide for adequacy, benign and malignant processes, and prepares appropriate reports. Provides supervisory cytologist with rescreens. Discuss all dysplasia's and suspicious smears with supervisory cytologist and Pathologist. The employee works with specimens from patients of all ages. The employee must reflect mission statement and philosophy of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in daily work habits and contacts.
Qualifications Education: High school diploma or equivalent is required. Bachelor degree required. CT (ASCP) certification is required. Training: Six months on the job training required. Experience: One year as staff cytologist is required. Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge and techniques in processing specimens for review and diagnosis of the pathologist. Knowledge of regulations of cytology equipment and supplies. The ability to deal with the pathologist and other physicians in a courteous and professional manner. The ability to deal with stress in getting workload completed in a specified time frame on a daily basis. Ability to operate designated word processing, dictation and transcription equipment. Knowledge of medical transcription guidelines and practices.
Performance Requirements Responsible For: The screening of cytology slides and also files, stores, and reports according to regulations. Provides assistance to the physicians for fine needle aspirations. Code cytology diagnoses and maintains a cross reference file. Maintains all monthly records for statistics for regulations. Participates in proficiency testing. Maintain cytology equipment and keep quality control and quality assurance on all procedures. Also responsible for the cytology computer system. Transcribing dictated reports from pathologist utilizing the digital dictation system. Physical Demands: Works in the same seated or standing position for extended periods. Stooping, bending and moderate lifting of supplies is required. Must be able to recognize all colors. Requires close mental and visual attention most of the work period. Excellent listening skills, excellent eye, hand and auditory coordination. Special Demands: Ability to work under pressure and work cooperatively with others. Will encounter unpleasant odors and fumes. Works with or around bio-hazardous and infectious material. Required to wear personal protective equipment. Requires close mental and visual attention and manual dexterity most of the work period.
Cytotechnologist Responsibilities 1. The cytotechnologist is responsible for documenting the slide interpretation results of each gynecologic and nongynecologic cytology case he/she examined or reviewed. 2. For each 24- hour period, document the total number of slides examined or reviewed in the laboratory as well as the total number of slides examined or reviewed in any other laboratory or for any other employer. 3. Document the number of hours spent examining slides in each 24-hour period. Testing Personnel Responsibilities 1. The testing personnel are responsible for specimen processing, test performance and for reporting test results. 2. Each individual performs only those high complexity tests that are authorized by the laboratory director and require a degree of skill commensurate with the individual's education, training, or experience, and technical abilities. 3. Each individual performing high complexity testing must follow the laboratory's procedures for specimen handling and processing, test analyses, reporting and maintaining records of patient test results. 4. Maintain records that demonstrate that proficiency testing samples are tested in the same manner as patient specimens. 5. Adhere to the laboratory's quality control policies, document all quality control activities, instrument and procedural calibrations and maintenance performed. 6. Follow the laboratory's established policies and procedures whenever test systems are not within the laboratory's established acceptable levels of performance. 7. Be capable of identifying problems that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results and either must correct the problems or immediately notify the general supervisor, technical supervisor, clinical consultant, or director. 8. Document all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory's established performance specifications. 9. Except as specified, perform high complexity testing only under the onsite, direct supervision of a general supervisor.