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Medical Laboratory Scientist - Flow Cytometry/Hematopathology

February 7, 2022

The Hematopathology Laboratory (Flow Cytometry and Special Hematology) located in the Mayo building at the University of Minnesota Medical Center – East Bank has a fulltime MLS/MT position working 11AM-7:30PM with occasional weekends and holidays. Schedule is subject to change based on department needs. New Grads are welcome to apply!

This MLS/MT role will have diagnostic bench-work responsibilities focused on cancers and disorders in the bone marrow, blood, and lymph nodes. Testing including stem cell enumeration, lymphocyte subset analysis, and performing various immunophenotyping assays using 10-color flow cytometers and Kaluza analysis software. This role also processes peripheral blood and bone marrow samples, makes and stains slides for pathology interpretation, and assists with bone marrow sample collection. The MLS/MT works closely with fellows and pathologists to interpret data based on clinical knowledge, technical expertise, and other conditions affecting test results.

Responsibilities/Job Description:

The Medical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist (MLS/MT) functions independently in performing all major work responsibilities of professional laboratory practice. A MLS/MT performs a wide variety of complex diagnostic and therapeutic testing, and acts as a resource for problem resolution and interpretation of results. The MLS/MT correlates data based on clinical knowledge, technical expertise, and other conditions affecting test results. The MLS/MT collaborates with the customers of the laboratory to promote customer satisfaction. The MLS/MT participates in laboratory performance improvement activities.


Follows established guidelines to obtain specimens and prioritize work.

  • Obtains specimens from patients of all ages and degrees of physical and/or mental disability.
  • Properly verifies patient identity.
  • Assesses integrity of all specimens for testing.
  • Verifies correct identification of specimens before testing.
  • Follows established guidelines for determining priority of specimen testing and procurement


Recognizes problems and takes appropriate measures to resolve them.

  • Acts as a resource for problem solving, corrective action and troubleshooting for lab procedures and unexpected events in lab operations.
  • Initiates proper safety or emergency responses.
  • Consults with supervisor if unable to resolve issues.
  • Exercises critical thinking to maintain and improve department productivity and efficiencies.


Evaluates testing results for accuracy and appropriate intervention.

  • Determine if test results fall within normal parameters and reporting protocols. Recognizes age-specific reference ranges.
  • Correlates data based on clinical knowledge, technical expertise and other conditions affecting test results.
  • Takes appropriate action to recheck abnormal, discrepant, or unexpected results.
  • Directly communicates abnormal and critical results to care giver.
  • Obtains information from caregivers to resolve reasons for incongruent results (physiologic or methodologic).


Demonstrates understanding of and commitment to Laboratory Quality Assurance, Performance Improvement and Laboratory Compliance Programs.

  • Documents deviations and action taken.
  • Documents reagent, test kit and calibrator checks.
  • Recognizes and communicates values and trends that exceed the QC decision levels. Takes action to resolve and consults with supervisor as needed.
  • Participates in the lab Performance improvement program by collecting data, reviewing the results and implementing corrective action recommendations.
  • Documents compliance with regulations of governmental or voluntary regulatory agencies.
  • Collaborates with the customers of the laboratory to promote customer satisfaction.


Orients and mentors new employees and students.

  • Participates in orienting individuals in routine and complex testing methodology, instrumentation, and information systems.
  • Checks work prior to release.
  • Completes training checklists and evaluations as appropriate.
  • Reports progress and problems to supervisor/manager.


Demonstrates ability to provide care or service adjusting approaches to reflect developmental level and cultural differences of population served.

Qualifications:

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s in a related laboratory field including the related lab practicum or equivalent routes as specified in CLIA ’88.
  • Possess or be eligible to receive appropriate HHS approved laboratory certification (ASCP or AMT). HEW certification is also recognized. If not certified, must obtain certification within 1 year of hire.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Prefer BS in Medical Laboratory Science or Medical Technology
  • Specialist in Cytometry

 

More details and to apply can be found here.

 

 

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