Howard University Hospital | Washington, DC

    Histotechnologist

    Job Title
    Histotechnologist
    Job ID
    27650257
    Location
    Washington,  DC
    Other Location
    Description
    With over 150 years of caring for our community and each other in the Washington DC area, Howard University Hospital has a world-renowned reputation for high-quality, patient-centric care. Howard University Hospital is the nation’s only teaching hospital located on the campus of a Historically Black University and has created a superior learning environment, with groundbreaking research and positive patient outcomes.
    Howard University Hospital seeks to hire a Medical Technology Generalist who will embrace our reach and historic tradition of excellence. If you want to make a difference in someone’s life every day, consider a position with a team of professionals who are doing just that, making a difference.  The primary duty of this position is to provide direct nursing care to patients. Collaborates with intra and interdisciplinary staff to accomplish patient care goals based on the needs of the patient and the institution. Participates in educational offerings and presents as requested.


    The Histology Technologist:
    • Performs technical services and operations for the preparation of surgical and autopsy pathology specimens, ensuring accurate identification of these specimens during all stages of handling and processing.
    • Performs all related pre-analytic functions, specimen handling protocols and documentation of all related tasks to include the reconciliation of the blocks received for embedding with the list submitted on a daily basis by the pathology resident(s).
    • Evaluates normal and abnormal tissue components; orients and embeds tissue specimens correctly for microscopic examination.
    • Cuts, stains, mounts, and coverslips specimens of human tissue, including bone tissues following decalcification and the cell blocks of cytology specimens.
    • Prepares paraffin sections of tissues; recognizes technical problems related to tissue embedding and sectioning; takes appropriate corrective actions to assure superlative tissue sections.
    • Assists the pathology residents in the performance of frozen sections when help is requested and is responsible for cutting the frozen sections when the pathology residents are attending the morning conference.
    • Prepares and evaluates the adequacy of solutions and stains used in the laboratory; changes solutions on the tissue processor as required.
    • Performs routine H&E stains, special histochemical stains, immune-histochemical stains, and in situ hybridization slides on cytopathology, surgical pathology and autopsy case material.
    • Assists in the development and introduction of new immunohistochemical stains and in situ hybridization staining procedures to include validation studies, assessment of the adequacy of the control slides, and writing the new procedures for inclusion in the procedure manual.
    • Participates in the staining of slides for the CAP immunohistochemistry proficiency tests.
    • Recognizes factors that affect staining results; assesses the adequacy of staining and sectioning by review and assessment of the slides; takes corrective action to improve stain results when necessary.
    • Performs, evaluates, and documents quality control slides and procedures for all types of staining procedures.
    • Troubleshoots problems with instrumentation and performs routine maintenance on the equipment as defined by the manufacturer and outlined in the procedure manual.
    • Investigates and solves quality issues with H&E stains and suboptimal/failed immunohistochemical stains and in situ hybridization studies.
    • Assists in revising, as needed, all related technical policies and procedures including instrument/equipment maintenance.
    • Maintains equipment quality control and preventive maintenance records with respect to all tasks to which he/she is assigned.
    • Assists in the ordering of supplies in the histology laboratory as needed while maintaining a strict inventory control.
    • Monitors and reviews quality control data and quality assurance information to detect shifts, trends, or problems with the accuracy and reliability of all tests performed in the histology laboratory.
    Qualified Candidates will Possess:
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the biological sciences or comparable degree.
    • Certification as a HTL (ASCP).
    5+ years of related experience in a CAP accredited laboratory

    At Howard University Hospital our job is to care for you. We do this by offering:

    Work life balance
    Recognition and rewards for professional expertise
    Competitive, comprehensive benefit plans offered (including health, disability, vacation, sick leave, and 403B retirement plan)
    Required Skills

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the biological sciences or comparable degree.
    • Certification as a HTL (ASCP).
    • 5+ years of related experience in a CAP accredited laboratory.

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