Molecular Diagnostic Specialist

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New Haven, CT
Feb 14, 2019

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Summary:
Assist in the supervision of the laboratory personnel including scheduling of and training of all personnel and the assignment of work and duties. Works under the supervision of the Laboratory Manager /Director and is
responsible for a wide range of technical, administrative and supervisory duties. Generally oversees the day to day operations of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory while maintaining a pleasant and safe work environment as well
as assuring continuous reporting of accurate results. Responsible for the development, implementation, and monitoring of quality control, quality assurance, and improvement programs. Contributes to research and
development of new tests, implementation of new protocol and evaluation of new instrumentation. Participates in technical competency review.

Responsibilities:
  • 1. Responsible for the scheduling of laboratory personnel, oversees, and coordinates staff testing activities and clerical and technical workload distribution to ensure the accurate and timely completion of laboratory tests and timely reporting of results
  • 1.1. Supervises and coordinates laboratory purchasing and inventory. Coordinates ordering of inventory per established laboratory procedure and par level system. Helps sign in the inventory. Monitors the supply inventory system and makes recommendation as needed to minimize STAT ordering. Actively works on minimizing and implementing controls to reduce cost associated with
    STAT ordering.

  • 1.2. Reviews incomplete work-list and addresses missing test results and samples. Keeps accurate documentation of all problems.

    Outstanding: Actively resolves issues regarding missing laboratory results and missing samples in a timely manner.
  • 1.3. Assigns priorities to laboratory tests and patient samples according to acuity of patient situation. Organizes workload for maximum productivity and efficiency in completion of assigned testing. Volunteers to assist others when volume of own assignments decreases.

  • 1.4. Coordinates calibration, standardization, and maintenance of instruments (i.e. instrument PMs) and pipettes according to manufacturer's instructions. Documents and initials all work in proper log book. All maintenance performed on-time.

  • 1.5. Reviews incomplete work list completing assigned tests within established time frame as per established laboratory procedure. Take the initiative to follow up on the problem sample(s) and see it through to a resolution.

  • 1.6. Accessions sample requisitions in a timely manner that is consistent and satisfactory to patient care.

  • 2. Demonstrates advanced technical competency in performing a wide variety of Molecular Pathology tests to ensure the accurate molecular data can be provided for good patient care; acquires and maintains additional areas of specific expertise in one or more complex testing.
  • 2.1. Understands principles of molecular pathology, laboratory procedure, theory, and techniques; understands instrumentation and equipment, and shows good judgment in using them. Actively participates in weekly laboratory rounds and Immunology management meetings. Consistently demonstrates this ability by providing accurate information and is recognized as a resource person by laboratory personnel.

  • 2.2. Performs tests following established laboratory procedures with no written reminder for non-compliance.

  • 2.3. Documents and evaluates quality control values with no more than 2 written reminders for non-compliance or misassessment. Develops, implements, and monitors quality control, quality assurance, and improvement programs.

  • 2.4. Evaluates and documents acceptability of kits, reagents, standards, and biologicals, according to established protocol. Responsible for evaluating acceptability and signing all pretesting performed by the medical technologists.

  • 2.5. Keeps an adequate supply of test controls. Monitors commercial control levels so that patient testing is not interrupted. Develops pools of blinded samples for competency. Document these results and fills out technical competency on staff. Knows assay performance characteristics. Discusses all discrepant results with Laboratory manager/director and develops retraining plans. All technical competency checklist performed yearly on time.

  • 2.6. Performs tests and documents internal and external quality control procedures according to established laboratory policy.

  • 2.7. Evaluated and validates results according to established criteria by comparing control results with previously established acceptable ranges identifying and determine the cause of any discrepancy and discusses all problems and solutions with the Laboratory Manager.

    Outstanding: Acts as a resource to other technologists.
  • 2.8. Demonstrates technical competency by testing designated QC and CAP samples and demonstrates uniformity in reading of selective assays per established laboratory schedule with no more than three (3) documented incidents of incorrect results. Submits PT results to CAP on time. Submits PT testing results to CAP - 100% on time. Addresses any failed PT results within 30 days and submits appropriate responses for the Medical Director's sign off.

  • 2.9. Monitors all laboratory logs (i.e. temperature, eye wash charts) are properly filled out by technologist(s). All problem(s) or issues of non-compliance are documented with the action taken for resolution.

  • 2.10. Demonstrates a knowledge of QC data assessment applies such knowledge to assessment of daily runs and knows when to consult with laboratory manager/director.

  • 2.11. Knows all laboratory procedures and acts as technical advisor. Assumes the role of first line assistant to laboratory personnel in all areas to answer routine and complex problems. Troubleshoots routine lab problems. Appropriately refers all problems beyond area of expertise to the laboratory manager/director and keeps accurate documentation. Actively suggests solutions and has high success troubleshooting problems.

  • 2.12. Reviews monthly, all quality control records, for accuracy and documentation. Organizes and initials all recorded data. Brings any deviation to the attention of the Laboratory Manager/Director. All QC charts are reviewed and signed monthly with no documented case of non-compliance.

  • 3. Provides for the accurate reporting of laboratory results to ensure continuity of patient care by demonstrating computer, communication, documentation and processing skills.

  • 3.1. Record results clearly, legibly, and accurately as soon as the test is completed and documents and initials all patient results onto corresponding work list. Documentation is consistently legible.

  • 3.2. Provides accurate procedural information to physician and staff as requested in a helpful and courteous manner, and in a timely manner consistently. Able to provide basic and complex information in a courteous manner, knowing when to consult with the Laboratory Manager/Medical Director.

  • 3.3. Is proficient in accessioning and processing of samples according to established laboratory procedure. Acts as a resource for procedural question(s) relating to accessioning and processing of samples.

  • 3.4. Keeps access to the laboratory computer for laboratory related information only and maintains confidentiality at all times by following HIPPA guidelines.

  • 3.5. Checks daily, all clerical functions to ensure that they are completed in a timely fashion including printing of lab reports and worksheets as needed. Ensures that there is adequate clerical coverage for these functions.

  • 3.6. Demonstrates competency in entry of patient results into the LIS and can troubleshoot issues related to result entry. Results are entered in a timely fashion. Deletes any erroneous results before verification. Enters appropriate comment when data is changed.

  • 3.7. Proficient with the Laboratory Information System. Able to troubleshoot LIS/HIS related issues that can affect patient care.

  • 3.8. Documents customer complaints and technical errors using the appropriate forms and submits to Laboratory Manager for review. Initiates discussion and resolution that lead to the compliant or technical error. All customer complaints and technical error are documented.

  • 3.9. Is able to access data using the LIS. Enters & retrieves information accurately and in a timely manner. Able to troubleshoot problems with hardware and works with computer operations to help solve lingering problems.

  • 3.10. Is familiar with testing codes in the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory. Able to independently determine appropriate test codes.

  • 3.11. Can utilize the LIS to track specimens effectively.

  • 3.12. Able to navigate and show competency with the use of the LIS applications. Assist and mentors co-workers and coordinators.

  • 3.13. Understands all laboratory computer programs used for data entry, patient reporting, and charging. Always keeps up-to-date with any changes made by computer operations and communicates all changes as received to clerical and technical staff. Coordinates implementation and training of new LIS procedures to the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory staff.

  • 3.14. Writes and reviews all polices and procedures consistent with regulatory requirements.All manuals are prepared and reviewed for director sign-off annually.

  • 4. Fosters mature respectful relationships with fellow employees, patient, and staff to ensure a professional environment and approach to all work areas.
  • 4.1. Accurately records on time card all necessary work related activities. Time card is always completed on time and initialed according to laboratory and departmental policy. Kronos documentation is always complete.

  • 4.2. Adheres to hospital policy concerning time limitations for break/lunch periods. Informs appropriate staff when leaving the floor, or going to break/lunch. Ensures there is adequate laboratory coverage before going to break/lunch.

  • 4.3. Participates in teaching laboratory personnel, medical technologist students, and laboratory residents following established laboratory procedures in a courteous professional manner. Maintains a positive, respectful relationship with trainee.

  • 4.4. Documents procedures taught and countersigns parallel runs of trainee and brings them to the laboratory manager for evaluation and signature. Independently collates data and presents completed valuation reports to the laboratory manager for evaluation.

  • 4.5. Demonstrates a positive approach to learning new or existing methods, techniques, and/or procedures. Recommends and evaluates new tests and instrumentation. Competently performs all laboratory tests. Demonstrates a willingness to learn and implement at least one new protocol or procedure per year.

  • 4.6. Contributes to the employee performance review. Provides accurate written documentation needed for each review. Gives insightful feedback and helpful criticism that can be utilized for staff development.

  • 4.7. Demonstrates an ability to work with co-workers, laboratory manager, and director in a courteous and professional manner. Shows an ability to work as a member to a team. Consistently offers assistance when own work is completed. Understands and tolerates the differences in individuals. Is seen as a role model and champions the team approach in solving laboratory issues and concerns.

  • 4.8. Keeps work area neat, and disinfected daily after each use as per universal precaution policy and supplies restocked as needed.

  • 4.9. Provides training and assistance to new employees by developing and implementing a technologist training program. All employee competency assessment are completed consistently in line with regulatory standards.

  • 5. Demonstrates independence by one's ability to recognize and troubleshoot problems related to procedures and/or instrumentation, and to allow for personal career growth.
  • 5.1. Recognizes problems related to inappropriate outcome of procedures and can identify the cause of the problem. Able to identify the cause of the problem and implement a solution.

  • 5.2. Recognizes malfunction of instrumentation and equipment used and can perform basic as well as advanced troubleshooting. Independently identify the problem and resolve them when possible. Is able to coordinate vendor assistance when needed.

  • 5.3. Develops procedural expertise from evaluation of a new complex procedure and/or methodology. Evaluates new instrumentation and functions as a resource. Develops 3 or more complex new procedures, special projects, or new approaches to current procedures per review year.

  • 5.4. Participates in the writing and review of technical procedures, standardization techniques, and maintenance policies. Suggests changes, discusses them with laboratory manager, makes the changes, and brings to laboratory manager for review and director's signature. Actively coordinates in reviewing and rewriting procedures to ensure all procedures are signed on time annually as stated by laboratory polices.

  • 5.5. Keeps up with the charges in Molecular Pathology and maintains skill levels by attending at least two workshops or webinars courses, by attendance at weekly rounds, by membership via professional society or through review of literature. Presents 1 or more topic(s) during a laboratory meeting or other events.

  • 5.6. Demonstrates a desire to increase one's professional breadth by achieving three points per year. One point can be obtained by an extra continuing education point. The others can be earned by membership in a professional society, hospital departmental committee memberships, teaching, categorical certification, or professional awards.

  • 5.7. Actively coordinates regulatory readiness preparations. Works closely with the laboratory manager to ensure 0 deficiency and/or 100% compliance of all regulations.

    Other information:

    EDUCATION:
    Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology or equivalent

    EXPERIENCE:
    Two (2) to three (3) years clinical laboratory experience in a Molecular Diagnostics laboratory performing a wide variety of tests. Must have considerable knowledge of relevant molecular biology protocols, principles, and
    procedures. At least one (1) year of supervisory experience desirable. The candidate should have strong background in molecular biology or related field, with some experience designing, optimizing and validating molecular assays and/or genetic sequencing applications. Knowledge of next-generation sequencing based workflows including target enrichment, library preparation, and data analysis is preferred. Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills required.

    LICENSURE:
    MT (ASCP) certification, eligibility or equivalent.

    SPECIAL SKILLS:
    High Degree of working knowledge of equipment , scientific techniques, and materials used in Molecular Pathology. Good supervisory and interpersonal skills.


    ACCOUNTABILITY:
    Responsible for overseeing and coordinating activities of a laboratory section activities reporting any problems to the Laboratory Manager. Monitors performance and provides input during the performance appraisal process.


    COMPLEXITY:
    Responsible for day to day quality control, troubleshooting instrument problems, and training medical technologists. Ensures the smooth operation of the laboratory section, and responsible for the timely issuance of patient laboratory reports.
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    Job Info

    Job: 4927

    Department: Tumor Profiling Lab
    Category: Technologist/tech
    Sub Category: LABORATORY MED
    Status: Full Time
    Shift: DAYS
    Hours: 40.00

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