Histologist, Surgical Pathology

Mercy Medical Center

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This position supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by providing timely, high quality surgical pathology service. The Histologist is responsible for specimen accessioning, embedding, microtomy, and staining on a variety of sample types.

Job Duties

  • Educates and trains HTL and HT students
  • Uses laboratory information system access information, enter results, and generate reports
  • Acts as a resource for laboratory medicine information to providers and others
  • Assists in procedure writing, updating, and validating
  • Actively seeks and identifies opportunities for process improvement
  • Maintains and improves skills by participating in at least one continuing education activity annually
  • Prioritizes workload to ensure timely reporting of results
  • Communicates effectively and professionally with physicians, nurses, other medical personnel, patients, and families
  • Assists in frozen section activities with the pathologists
  • Assists in cytology preparation, including GYN and non-GYN specimens
  • Maintains, troubleshoots, and resolves issues with protocols and instruments
  • Performs staining, including H&E, special stains, and immunohistochemical staining
  • Performs high-quality embedding and microtomy
  • Performs specimen accessioning and gross set-up
  • Properly identifies patients and samples during the pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical phases of testing
  • Ensure that accurate and clinically relevant information is communicated with patients, their families, and co-workers at hand-offs and other times as needed. Take all measures necessary to ensure that the appropriate and involved parties have communicated necessary information in order to allow for the best possible patient outcome
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of laboratory protocols and procedures
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements, including CAP, COLA, CLIA, TJC, and FDA
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently under pressure without sacrificing quality
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, and work with interruptions
  • Skill to use standard laboratory instrumentation
  • Skill to use the laboratory information system (LIS)
  • Ability to recognize and correct problems with quality control
  • Ability to recognize problems and troubleshoot laboratory equipment
  • Ability to detail-oriented
  • Ability to complete appropriate documentation and paperwork clearly and completely
Professional Experience
  • One year healthcare experience preferred.
  • High School diploma or equivalent required.
  • Associate's degree in histology, biological, or chemical science strongly preferred.
Licensure, Certification, Registration
  • None required

Location: Mercy Medical Center - Cedar Rapids · Surgical Pathology
Schedule: Full Time, Day, M-F, rotating start times on 0500, 0530, 0600. Every 4th Saturday morning.

Job ID: 83573

Posted 21 days ago

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