Join our award-winning team at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). Among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report 2018-2019 "America's Best Hospitals", UWMC prides itself on compassionate patient care as well as its pioneering medical advances. UW Medical Center has again earned U.S. News & World Report's No. 1 hospital ranking in Washington State and in the Seattle metropolitan area. It is the seventh consecutive year that UWMC has achieved both distinctions.UWMC is operated by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW's School of Medicine. The University of Washington is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.UW Medicine Pathology has an outstanding opportunity for a First Shift, Anatomic Pathology Technician. Work Schedule will be Monday through Friday. May include a weekend rotation every 6 to 7 weeks. Under general supervision, this individual will perform histotechnology procedures such as processing, embedding, cutting, mounting and staining of tissue specimen for evaluation and diagnosis of Pathologists.JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:Prepare gastrointestinal biopsy tissues for histological procedures and microscopic analysis. Identify specimen disposition and notify supervisor for corrective action.Pick up specimen from Endoscopy suite, Harborview and SCCA specimen pick up station and prepare specimen for gross description. Cross check specimens for proper identification. Notify nursing staff for corrective action.Examine, assist and log in dictated information from gross description by designated technologist performing gross description.Receive, assign and accession GI biopsy specimen; fix, process and embed tissues in paraffin. Prepare slides for tissue sectioning.Record completed patient information in Pathology systems and document information in Laboratory checklists and manuals.Properly orient and embed small biopsy specimen in paraffin blocks.Cut thin serial sections of biopsy using various types of microtomes, mount, stain and label slides.Scan all slides for distribution to Pathologists, scan requisition forms into Pathology systems for record keeping.Set up and quality control slide coverslipper, monitor tissue processor and maintain solutions for tissue processing.Perform special stains using Hematoxylin, Eosin, Alcian Blue and Genta silver stain independently or with minimal supervision.Prepare dyes, reagents and solutions used in the laboratory following standard laboratory and safety procedures.Maintain histology laboratory equipment and including centrifuges, records and files.Verify all patient and specimen information input in computer after process completion.Perform research staining procedures using IHC stains as required.Perform other duties as assigned. REQUIREMENTS:Certified, or certified within two years from the date of hire, at the Technician level by a nationally recognized certifying agency such as the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Scientists or the Microscopy Society of America OR equivalent education/experience.PREFERRED:Experience in working in a GI Laboratory setting with sound knowledge in performing histological procedures on small biopsies.Demonstrable knowledge of troubleshooting and maintaining histology laboratory equipment.Experience in handling and processing blood/sputum samples; experience in aliquoting, catalog and storage of specimens in long term freezers. Working knowledge of PCR, DNA and RNA extraction methods a plus.
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