This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The incumbent serves as a generalist in medical technology with responsibility for performing procedures in the areas of Chemistry, Hematology/Coagulation, Urinalysis, Immunohematology, and Microbiology in an outpatient clinic laboratory. The incumbent should have a comprehensive knowledge of clinical laboratory science principles, practices, concepts, and theories providing for sound independent work in these areas with minimal technical supervisor. The generalist medical technologist rotates with other generalists on a regular basis through the above-mentioned areas. She/he also works off-hour shifts, weekends, and holidays as priorities demonstrate a need. The incumbent has the skills to respond effectively, efficiently, and calmly to critical and emergency situations. S/he must use professional judgment in setting priorities during emergency situations. Due to rotating tour time, the technologist must at times make decisions without direct oversight by technical specialists, supervisors, or a pathologist. The duties and responsibilities of the Medical Technologist-Generalist include but are not limited to the following: Evaluates the suitability of the specimen for analysis, requesting new specimen if determined to be unusable. Prepares specimens for analysis, insuring that the physiologic state of the specimen properties is maintained. Selects, performs, evaluates, and monitors the performance of test procedures using manual and/or instrumental techniques in accordance with established protocols. Recognizes and reacts to indicators of malfunction; locates and implements corrections. Conducts quality control procedures on equipment, reagents, and products and maintains proper records for quality control reports. Calibrates, standardizes, adjusts, and maintains instruments. Verifies correct instrument operation using established procedures and quality control checks and monitoring. Identifies the cause of common problems and makes simple repairs. Evaluates the validity of data in relation to the test system and accepted assay procedures. Correlates quantitative data with patient data (i.e., history, medications) to verify results. Performs additional tests to clarify or confirm abnormal patient results. Recognizes abnormal results that require immediate attention by the physician and reports them directly. Responsible for the generation of laboratory results from the work area into the laboratory computer system and for the editing and verification of the results recorded into the computer system. Works off-hour shifts, weekends, holidays, and in other sections of the laboratory as needed by P&LMS. Performs other duties as assigned or as needed by P&LMS. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. some weekends. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Technologist/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact VISN17EDRP2@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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