The Senior Cytologist Technologist 213CT is an experienced cytotechnologist who performs complex light microscopic analyses, renders cytodiagnostic interpretations, and performs quality control activities. Primary responsibilities include releasing final interpretations for Pap tests that are negative for an intraepithelial lesion or malignancy and lacking reactive changes. As with all cytotechnologists, the senior cytotechnologist is required by law to keep a record of the number of slides evaluated and the number of hours spent on slide evaluation daily. Responsibilities often include on-site sample preparation and assistance with rapid adequacy assessment at image-guided procedures.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Conducts a systematic, conscientious, and thorough examination of cytologic samples, including but not limited to, Pap tests, sputa, bronchoscopic specimens, urine & bladder washings, spinal fluids, GI samples, fluids from body cavities, and fine needle aspiration biopsies from numerous body sites. Indicates representative areas with ink dots, evaluates case after gathering the clinical information and comparing the clinical information with the microscopic picture to render a cogent cytomorphologic interpretation.
- Responsible for accurate documentation and data entry of cytologic findings; progression and triaging of all cases to the appropriate cytopathologist or cytotechnologist; and documentation of hours worked and slides screened.
- Responsible for fine needle aspiration (FNA) service coverage, including assisting radiologists and other interventionists at FNA procedures, preparing slides, triaging samples for ancillary testing, and providing rapid adequacy evaluations if a cytopathologist is unavailable.
- May be responsible for Circulating Tumor Cell Service coverage, including preparation and processing of peripheral blood samples, and/or reading and interpreting results from such samples.
- Participates in quality assurance and quality control activities, including prospective and retrospective slide reviews.
- Participates and assists in a wide range of problem-solving activities relating to diagnosis, administration, information technology, and customer service, including communication with related health care providers and ancillary staff. Maintains and enhances expertise through appropriate professional affiliations, educational opportunities and experiences, and continuing education.
- Follows established laboratory, departmental, and hospital policies, procedures, and initiatives, including but not limited to safety, environmental and infection control. Follows Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals.
- Completes annual mandatory requirements on a scheduled and timely basis (competency assessments, Healthstream, TB testing, vaccinations, and declinations).
- May perform competency assessments of other staff members.
- Performs all other technical duties and responsibilities as directed.
Baccalaureate degree and certificate from an accredited school of cytotechnology.
Must pass or be eligible to sit for the ASCP Board of Registry examination.
At least 3 years of full-time field experience.