UnityPoint Health

  • Cytology Technologist

    Requisition ID
    221 NE Glen Oak Ave
    5020 UnityPoint Health Methodist Medical Center
    Laboratory- MMCI
    Scheduled Hours/Shift
    variable, primarily weekends and after hours
    Work Type (Portal Searching)
    As Needed
  • Overview

    Provides skills of cytotechnology to the department. Cytotechnology is the microscopic study of cells for evidence of disease, in particular for the diagnosis of cancer. The field is perhaps best known for the “Pap Smear”, an evaluation of cells from the cervix of the female which can reveal a diagnosis of some kinds of cancer or pre-cancer, as well as inflammatory conditions.


    Demonstrates technical skills in the analytical phase of cytology testing. 1. Competent in the operation of the light microscope 2. Systematically screens slides to detect abnormalities 3. Organizes work priorities to provide service and turnaround time that is acceptable 4. Demonstrates consistency when marking abnormalities and making a cytologic diagnosis 5. Performs quality control and participates in Cytology surveys 6. Recognizes variations of normal cells 7. Able to identify, classify and discuss abnormal appearing cells 8. Interprets cytologic patterns associated with hormones, physical agents, chemical agents, infectious and other conditions 9. Competently makes quick and accurate decisionsDemonstrates technical skills in the post analytical phase of cytology testing. 1. Competent in use of the computer system for entering results 2. Records and reports results correctly 3. Accepts for results reported 4. Able to make a cytologic diagnosis that will correlate with the pathologic diagnosis5. Correlates with Cytology cases to that of histologic origin on a weekly basis 6. Interact with Pathologists as needed to discuss cases and review abnormal PAP and non-gynecology slides 7. Reviews interesting cases and shares with others8. Collects Quality assurance statistical dataDemonstrates technical skills in the pre-analytical phase of cytology testing. 1. Knowledgeable of various methods for collection of cytologic specimens 2. Organizes work priorities to provide service and turnaround time that is acceptable 3. Demonstrates knowledge in the procedure and preparation of fine needle aspirations 4. Determines acceptability of specimens within guidelines 5. Stores specimens under appropriate conditions as quickly as possible 6. Insures reagents used to process and stain specimens are dated, of sufficient quantity and within expiration limits 7. Observes safety guidelines 8. Able to differentiate an adequate, well prepared, well stained, cytology specimen from an inadequate, poorly prepared, stained specimen 9. Competent in operation and trouble-shooting of equipment used in processing cytology specimens: Autocyte, Autoprep, automated cover slipper, automated stainer, blender, vortex, centrifuge and cytocentrifuge 10. Able to properly prepare and stain all cytologic specimens 11. Suggests corrective action when slide quality is sub-optimal 12. Performs processing/ordering computer functions correctlyParticipates in support activities necessary to insure a smooth and efficiently run operation. 1. Contributes ideas and assists in implementing changes to insure cost-effective operation of the department. 2. Supports co-workers by assisting in departmental support activities: Dates all kits, QC, reagents in use, dates and restocks reagents and supplies, unpacks supplies and stores in appropriate location, files slides and patient information cards. 3. Cleans and maintains microscopes, refrigerators, other equipment used, as well as work and storage areas. Reports problems to the biomedical department. 4. Displays a willingness and interest in learning new instruments or procedures 5. Generates electronic messages as necessary to assure good communication 6. Coordinates efforts with Histology and Transcription staff 7. Provides support to both the Cytology assistant and Cytology preparatory technician



    Bachelor's Degree in the field(s) of requiredCredentials:

    Additional Information: include one year of formal training in a school approved by the American Medical Association followed by certification from the American Society of Clinical Pathology.


    0-1 years of experience in/with Cytology due to experience being gained while training in a Cytology Training Program preferred.


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