Demonstrates the highest level of technical expertise in specimen cryotomy and staining for intraoperative diagnosis and review.
Orients, trains and guides residents to the frozen section room and instructs them in frozen section technique.
Routinely assists residents in accessioning and cryotomy and staining of a full range of specimens.
Verifies proper operation of critical frozen section equipment daily. Records and maintains functional verification and maintenance files as required by Commonwealth and The Joint Commission.
Trouble shoots equipment problems and initiates repair or contacts service representative. Documents problem and notifies Technical Supervisor.
Maintains and tests frozen section staining solutions daily to ensure optimal staining quality for diagnosis. Under urgent conditions, makes precise changes to solutions in consultation with senior staff.
Organizes and manages a system of scanning and filing frozen section slides and delivers them to residents' room for review.
Ensures ready status of Frozen Section Room by maintaining availability of clean instruments and consumable supplies. Organizes and maintains instruments and dissecting supplies for each workstation under conditions requiring rapid turnaround.
Maintains a clean laboratory environment in the Frozen Section Room with daily cleaning including work instruments, surfaces, cabinets and sinks.
Maintains diagnostic viability and integrity of all specimens and patient information. Sustains a high level of awareness to myriad discrepancies that can create severe risk management issues.
Works in concert with designated research Pathologists' Assistants and Pathology Residents to ensure that research tissue is appropriately procured.
Properly prepares infectious biohazardous waste for transport in a manner that meets the requirements of BWH Environmental Safety and Health Policy.
Coordinates with Environmental Affairs to monitor Satellite Accumulation Areas (SAA) within the Frozen Section Room. Handles chemical wastes in compliance with MWRA and hospital regulations.
Assists staff as appropriate with routine and special projects.
Maintains established department policies, procedures and objectives, including the areas of quality assurance, safety, environmental and infection control.
Performs all other duties and responsibilities as directed.
Bachelor's degree is required. A degree in biology, chemistry, or related field is preferred.
Familiar with medical terminology and human anatomy.
Basic understanding of histologic principles and practice.
One-year experience sectioning tissue using standard histologic technique is preferred.
Ability to perform routine and advanced frozen section procedures highly desirable.
Other qualifications as described in the Federal Register, 42 CFR, Subpart M 493.1403 - 1495.
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