WHY IS HISTOLOGY AWESOME?
South Bend Medical Foundation has, over the years, posted various types of positions working in our Histology department. But perhaps - for those of you with an interest in science (and who don't already know), we should explain what exactly Histology is.
Histology is the study of tissues - groups of cells working together to do the same thing. It's the study of tissues and how they work - knowing what normal human tissue looks like an how it normally works is important for recognizing and treating different diseases.
We've all had friends, relatives, acquaintances who have been diagnosed after a biopsy. Our histology department employees perform tasks essential to the diagnosis of these diseases. Just think...you could be in on the ground floor of helping someone be treated...or even cured of a disease! Pretty cool stuff.
We have need for all levels of positions in our Histology department - entry level staff who are wanting to learn or grow in a field geared toward treating and curing illness as well as experienced Histotechs excited about a new opportunity!
We currently have two Technician Trainee (Histology) positions available:
- 2019-127 - 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday - Friday with Saturday rotation
- 2019-129 - 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday - Friday with Saturday rotation
Once trained, this our Technician Trainees will be responsible for routine accessioning, gross room assisting, processing, embedding, staining and labeling of surgical and autopsy specimens. We offer full paid training to become a Histotechnician.
Accessioning: The process of accepting specimens into the lab and entering specimen detail into a laboratory computer system so that each specimen can receive a unique identification number for tracking purposes.
Gross Room: The Gross Room is the area where pathology specimens from operating rooms/outpatient surgeries are transferred for dissection for paraffin processing.
Processing: Once the tissue has been "fixed", it must be processed into a form in which it can be made into thin microscopic sections. This is usually done with paraffin.
Fixation: The purpose of fixation is to preserve tissues permanently in as life-like state as possible.
Embedding: This is the process in which the tissues or specimens are enclosed in a mass of parafin wax.
Staining: Staining is used to highlight important features of the tissue as well as enhance the tissue contrast.
Performs lab support services as assigned: accessioning, slide distribution, inventory control, reagent preparation, record keeping, maintenance, and cleaning procedures. Performs all routine department procedures as assigned including: gross room assist, processing, embedding, sectioning, staining and cover slipping of tissue specimens. Ensures the specimens and slides are properly labeled. Performs miscellaneous Gross Room duties including but not limited to: decalcifications and lymph node clearing. Prepares reagents and dilutions for special stains and performs special stains, immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence stains according to protocols and with guidance from appropriate personnel. Assists with collection of kidney biopsy samples under the direction of appropriate personnel. Performs grossing of small biopsies and the responsibilities of CLIA testing personnel for high complexity testing as defined in 42 CFR493.1425 under the direction of qualified personnel until meets the 42 CFR 493.1489 High Complexity Testing Personnel qualifications. Operate, maintains, and troubleshoots laboratory equipment under the direction of appropriate personnel.
Practical requirements include:
- Bachelor’s degree in chemical, physical or biological science that includes: a combination of 30 semester hours of biology and chemistry (at least 6 hours in chemistry and 6 hours of biology).
- Following 3 months training (WE OFFER THE TRAINING...PAID TRAINING!) in high complexity testing area, qualifies as CLIA Testing Personnel for high complexity testing, as defined in 42 CFR 493.1489.
- Dexterity, visual acuity, the ability to make color distinctions and legible writing are required.
- Strong communication skills are essential to answer questions and solve problems.
You'll be using a computer and a variety of histology equipment and will work in a clean, well-lighted laboratory.
We offer a wonderful benefit package with medical insurance that is available to you on the first day of the month after hire.
Please consider applying!