Medical Technologists complete professional oversight responsibilities and may have responsibility for a specific large scale automated analytical instrument system, a specific area of laboratory functions (such as employee competency records, supply functions, quality control review, new method development, or employee or student training), or provide professional and technical advice to other technicians and technologists on evening or night shifts. *** This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until March 20, 2023. The initial cutoff date for referral of eligible applications will be February 09, 2023. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as needed basis until positions are filled. *** Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education and/or Experience Combination A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in medical laboratory science, medical technology, clinical laboratory science or in a related science (e.g., laboratory sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, immunology, etc.). AND Completion of a medical technology clinical practice program. OR A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics. AND Two years of post-certification clinical laboratory experience (e.g., blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, clinical microscopy, etc.) within the last ten years as a certified Medical Laboratory Technician by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC), American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR) or American Medical Technologists (AMT). This experience must include performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory. OR A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics. AND Five years of clinical laboratory experience within the last ten years performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory. Foreign Graduates Graduates of foreign baccalaureate degree programs meet the educational and/or experience requirements if the degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the NAACLS or clinical laboratory experience as above. This finding may be based on either of the following: A letter from a college or university with a baccalaureate program recognized by the NAACLS stating that the individual's foreign degree has been evaluated and been found to be equivalent to its bachelor of medical technology degree. A letter from ASCP-BOC or AMT stating that the individual is eligible for the certification examination. Grade Determinations: Experience Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09), which is directly related to the position to be filled. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Comprehensive knowledge of and skill in applying a wide range of concepts, principles and methodology of the field to perform advanced techniques. Ability to modify or adapt established methods, procedures or techniques to resolve difficult or complex problems. Knowledge of the application of laboratory regulatory requirements. Ability to provide or coordinate staff development and training. Assignments MTs at this level generally have a higher level of professional oversight responsibilities and may have responsibility for a specific large-scale automated analytical instrument system; a specific area of laboratory functions, such as employee competency records, supply functions, laboratory safety, quality control review, new method development or employee or student training; or provide professional and technical advice to other technicians and technologists on alternate tours of duty. References: VA Handbook 5005/72 Part II Appendix G24 Physical Requirements: The duties of the position require periods of sitting, standing and walking. Work in front of a computer of 1-4 hours per day is required. Some stressful situations may occur. The work is performed in a medical center and involves risk or discomfort that requires safety and universal precautions typical of a medical center environment. ["Carries out all of the testing responsibilities of the GS-9, but has higher levels of professional responsibilities and expertise. Possess professional oversight responsibilities and may have responsibility for a specific large scale automated analytical instrument system; a specific area of laboratory functions, such as employee competency records, supply functions, quality control review, new method development, or employee or student training; or provide professional and technical advice to other technicians and technologists on evening or night shifts. Modifies or adapts new methods or techniques to improve or expand services. Ensures that laboratory tests and procedures are consistent with accrediting agencies standards and requirements. Recognizes methodology limitations such as linearity, interference, sensitivity, and specificity and considers these when drawing conclusions about the validity of testing results. Performs validations/method verification studies for new instruments/systems. Consults with healthcare providers on logical protocol to follow in attempting to confirm the diagnosis or risk assessment of a patient. Provides advisory services to technicians, technologists, and other specialists. Monitors quality control of instruments and verification of result entry. Quality control review and input QC data into offline system for submission of peer group data and validation of new QC. Assists the Departmental Leads in workflow and accomplishing the mission. Ensures communication logs are adequately filled out and communicated. Aids or carries out supply ordering. Reviews and manages daily pending logs. Knowledgeable of laboratory regulatory requirements including CAP and the Joint Commission. Serves as primary operator on new test systems and assumes responsibility to maintain operatives including maintenance and troubleshooting. Performs semiannual and annual checks on various instruments including pipet calibration, linearity, method comparisons, precision and accuracy. Performs more complex laboratory functions. Performs specific targeted laboratory responsibilities or projects such as laboratory safety officer, analyzer specialist, or quality control file maintenance. Serve as primary operator on new test systems. Assumes responsibility to maintain operations including preventive maintenance and training of technicians and technologists on the operation of the new test systems. Assists in writing procedures and other documents as directed; oversight of the clinical training experiences of technical and professional level technologist or technician training programs in order to fulfill educational and professional requirements (where training programs exist). Provides technical training and guidance to students, residents, staff and other employees. Recommends updated guidelines and policies in compliance with regulatory requirements for non-routine or complex assignments. Coordinates the laboratory competency program. Coordinates the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) laboratory proficiency/survey program. Work Schedule: Negotiable, Part-Time Evening Shifts Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 54751-O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Recruitment Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.
AABB (Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies) is an international, not-for-profit organization representing individuals and institutions involved in the fields of transfusion medicine and biotherapies. The Association works collaboratively
to advance the field through the development and delivery of standards, accreditation and education programs. AABB is dedicated to its mission of improving lives by making transfusion medicine and biotherapies safe, available and effective worldwide.