Cytotechnologist serve in the anatomic pathology/ cytology section of the pathology laboratory. The incumbent serves as the gatekeeper for all cytology specimens that are processed in cytology and is responsible for day-to-day oversight of specimen preparation, quality control, quality assurance and proficiency testing programs within the cytology section. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education. Must have successfully completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university and successfully completed a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs accredited cytotechnology program. Certification: Must currently possess the Cytotechnologist (CT) (ASCP) or Specialist in Cytotechnology (SCT) (ASCP) certification given by the ASCP Board of Certification Grade Determinations: Cytotechnologist, GS-7 Experience: None beyond the basic requirements. Cytotechnologist, GS-9 Experience: At this level, the candidate must have one year of creditable experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level that is directly related to the position to be filled. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: i. Ability to review clinical data of patients, relate data to microscopic findings, and evaluate all cytology preparations by light microscopy for the presence or absence of cellular patterns, presence of micro-organisms, inflammatory reactions, endocrinopathies, benign changes, pre-malignant changes, neoplasia, and cellular responses to therapeutic agents. ii. Ability to make a preliminary cytodiagnosis to issue and verify the final diagnosis for gynecologic specimens interpreted to be negative. iii. Knowledge of processes and procedures to prepare all specimens for cytodiagnostic and immunochemistry testing, as well as filtration methods, preparation, fixation, and staining of slides. iv. Ability to instruct others on the proper collection methods and transportation of specimens, and to determine acceptability of patient samples for processing. v. Knowledge of the standards of regulatory agencies, such as those of Joint Commission (JC), College of American Pathologists (CAP), Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CUA), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to ensure compliance with requirements and guidelines. vi. Ability to perform routine maintenance of laboratory equipment according to standard operating procedures. vii. Skill in prioritizing workflow/specimen triage. References: VA Handbook 5005/126 PART II APPENDIX G61 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-7 to GS-9 Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Service. ["The duties and responsibilities of the Cytotechnologist include, but are not limited to, the following: Evaluates and interprets cytologic specimens for disease processes as manifested in cytopathology preparations. Communicates diagnose to the medical staff and advises on necessary further testing. Aids in collection and specimen slide preparation. Prepares reagents, verifies correct instrument operation; standardizes and personally performs a variety of complex tests. Conducts orientation, classroom and bench instruction of new personnel or on new instruments and test procedures. Assists in developing, maintaining and modifying various computer reporting applications. All other tasks as assigned Work Schedule: Mon-Fri 0800-1630\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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