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Lead Genetic Technologist

Description

UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital is excited to be hiring a full-time, day shift Lead Genetic Technologist! This role will work Monday through Friday from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There are rotating on-call responsibilities. 

Purpose:

Responsible for reviewing clinical analyses of patients' chromosomes when genetic defects or syndromes are suspected and determines cytogenetic diagnosis based on results. In addition, coordinate workflow of other laboratory personnel, participate in performance assessment and oversee work assignments and projects.

Responsibilities:
  • Creates patient reports including diagnostic interpretation for review by Lab Directors.
  • Responsible for following the mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected the clinical care of any patient.
  • Provides input into the performance evaluations of other laboratory personnel.
  • Assist Lab Manager in maintenance and update of procedure manuals.
  • Under the direction of the Lab Supervisor, assists in coordinating the orientation and training of new technologists and lab assistants.
  • Responsible for staff compliance with test procedures and quality protocols.
  • Closely monitors specimen turnaround time and coordinates daily workload and staffing requirements. Responsible for ensuring and maintaining quality control and quality assurance measures in the laboratory
  • Performs all duties of a molecular or cytogenetic technologist when needed.
  • Uses independent judgement and discretion in making decisions regarding the laboratory.
  • Participates in the organization and direction of ancillary work performed by support and service personnel and volunteers.
  • Is able to identify when additional specialized techniques are required in order to contribute to an accurate diagnosis for the patient.
  • Reviews completed cases and discuss abnormal findings with laboratory manager/supervisor. Telephones routine results to physician offices.
  • Assists manager/supervisor with the teaching and training of students (both undergraduate and graduate) and various hospital professionals.
  • Assure staff compliance with required instrument maintenance protocols to maximize instrument operation and assure consistent specimen quality outcomes.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in Medical Technology, Biology or Chemistry or related field.
  • Minimum of four years' experience in a clinical cytogenetics or clinical molecular genetics laboratory.
  • Certification as a Technologist in Cytogenetics or a Technologist in Molecular Biology through examination by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology [CG(ASCP) or MB(ASCP)]. Maintenance of Certification through continuing education credits is required or a PHD is required in lieu of the ASCP certification. 
  • Successful demonstration of the completion of the competencies required by the department/unit.
  • This individual must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately to the ages of the patients served by his/her assigned unit as specified below. 
  • They must also demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the department's policy and procedures.
  • Analytical skills necessary to interpret test results and make appropriate recommendations for further testing. 
  • The analytical ability to (a) perform advanced genetic tests, (b) interpret and analyze test results noting abnormalities and discrepancies including determination of causality and (c) troubleshoot and maintain instruments.
  • The interpersonal ability to interact with hospital staff, students and outside laboratories.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in Cytogenetics, including complex karyotyping and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge of oncology disease preferred. 

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • CG (ASCP) or MB(ASCP) certification required and must maintain certification or PHD is required in lieu of the ASCP certification.
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • Act 34

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