The position serves as Cytotechnologist in the Anatomic Pathology Service at the San Francisco VA Health Care System. The incumbent is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of specimen preparation, operations, quality control, quality assurance and proficiency testing programs within the Cytology section and maintaining laboratory regulatory compliance. In addition, the incumbent performs highly specialized cytologic examinations on body fluids and other cytology samples.
Participates in VA and CAP proficiency testing programs, performs GYN, non-GYN, and FNA slide screening, specimen tracking, workload data capture, statistics maintenance, rapid on-site assessment of Cytology specimens, and all other duties related to running the Cytology Laboratory. The incumbent serves as the gatekeeper for all cytology specimens processed in cytology.
Slides are screened. 90% of all negative GYN cases are released to the patient's electronic medical record by the incumbent. All abnormal GYN and all Non-GYN samples are initially screened by the incumbent and sent to the pathologist for final review and sign-out of the diagnosis. The incumbent ensures that the referral provider gets the results.
Issues the final diagnosis for those gynecological cases interpreted to be negative. These diagnoses include specimen adequacy, microbiological findings, and inflammatory related changes.
Submits those cases considered atypical or reactive to a staff pathologist for review after recording initial cytologic interpretation of the specimen. Evaluates and interprets cytologic specimens for disease processes as manifested in cytopathologic preparations. Enters the diagnoses into the LIS after pathologist review. Communicates the diagnostic interpretation of these specimens and assists in directing the clinician in the management of patients.
Exercises judgment and initiative in solving the problems in securing clinical information. Aids in collection and specimen slide preparation.
This includes fine needle aspiration, bronchoscopy specimens, touch preparations, and endoscopy specimens. Determines the adequacy of such specimens and, if appropriate, recommends repetition of the procedure where specimen is considered non-representative. Instructs clinicians on proper method of obtaining cytologic specimens for optimal diagnosis.
Correlates quantitative, biochemical, physiologic and morphologic data with other laboratory data and/or other patient data to verify results. Performs additional tests to certify or confirm abnormal patient results and reports results.
Identifies unusual results or discrepancies/conditions which cause erroneous results. Takes appropriate action to make corrections and solve problems. Conducts literature search and assists in projects. Participates in teaching cytology basics.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
Must be a U.S. citizen
Subject to a background/security investigation
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
May be required to serve a probationary period
Selected applicants may be required to complete an online onboarding process
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Must possess successful completion of a full 4 year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)
Specialized Experience: Must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the Cytotechnologist position. This experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized Experience includes: possessing working experience in a medical facility as a cytotechnologist performing highly specialized cytologic examinations on body fluids and other cytology samples; determining new procedures for preparation and screening of cytology specimens and maintaining current procedures; developing and implementing the use of new protocols for performance of tests and evaluation of results; aiding in collection and specimen slide preparation including fine needle aspiration (FNA), bronchoscopy specimens, touch preparations, and endoscopy specimens; instructing clinicians on the proper method of obtaining cytologic specimens for optimal diagnosis; preparing reagents and verifying correct instrument operation. (This experience must be documented in your resume.) ASCP Cytotechnologist certification preferred.
Education: Must possess 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. (Transcripts Required)
Combination of Experience and Education: Must possess equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school graduate level education and qualifying specialized experience (as described above) to meet the total qualification requirements. (Transcript Required)
You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
Clinical Data Collection/Documentation
Diagnostic Medical Testing
IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week.
All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
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IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: .
The work requires prolonged sitting and viewing into a microscope, occasional periods of prolonged standing to prepare specimens, walking within the laboratory and to the patient's bedside, reaching for supplies or materials, lifting heavy items such as reagent packs, and requires dexterity to perform specialized procedures.
The work requires typing/ data entry using a computer. Assignments within the laboratory require visual acuity, color vision and depth perception.
Telework: VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies.
This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.
VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities (i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities), and/or disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. For more information on how to apply using this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator within the office, contact the facility Human Resources Department at .
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
Your responses to the assessment questionnaire will be reviewed along with the information provided in your resume and supporting documentation to determine if you are qualified for the position. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered and/or you may lose consideration for this position.
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Candidates who apply under All U.S. Citizens announcements will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The categories are defined as follows:
Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors. Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligible applicants that meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category (except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher).
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
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