The Department of Laboratory Medicine serves as a regional resource for clinical laboratory services required for patient care, research and educational programs in laboratory medicine. The department currently employs 900 people who work at the award-winning University of Washington Medical Center (ranked among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report), Harborview Medical Center (the region's only Level I Trauma center, known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally- and medically- vulnerable populations.), and many other clinical and research facilities in the area. The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement and natural beauty. The Laboratory Medicine department has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time (100% FTE) Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 or Trainee, for an alternate work shift. The person in this role will perform and/or provide high level support at a professional level and performance of moderate to high complexity manual and automated clinical chemistry diagnostic tests used in the screening, diagnosing, and treating of pathological conditions.RESPONSIBILITIES:Rotates through the Clinical Chemistry laboratory and maintains competency in all sections (Automation line, AU, DxI, Handtests, Command Central, Blood Gas including responding to codes, Centaur, General Bench, LCMS, Graphite Furnace, Atomic Absorption, and Satellite Lab) where they have been trained. The Medical Laboratory Scientist refers to the procedure/policy when questions ariseUnderstands and operates a variety of laboratory equipment requiring interpretative knowledge and is able to perform calibration, quality control, operations, basic maintenance and troubleshooting measures. Examples include the AU5812, AU680, ABL90 blood gas analyzer with Radiance computer ware, HPLC assay with LCMSMS, Thermo Graphite Furnace, Thermo Atomic Absorption, DxI, Centaur XP, KX Sysmex, Sta-Compact, Beckman Coulter Automation Line with Remisol computer ware, AI Osmomter, Unico and HP spectrophotometer, and othersUnderstands quality control(QC) and quality assurance (QA) requirements and follows policies to validate test resultsKnows the critical limits for all chemistry tests for which they are defined, reports them to appropriate medical staff, and documents the information according to laboratory policy. Some critical test examples include sodium, potassium, glucose, calcium, phosphate, magnesium, osmolality, bilirubin, T4, Troponin I, Immunosuppresive drug tests, Therapeutic drug tests, Toxicology tests, blood gas testing, CSF testing, etc. Assists with evaluation of new tests/equipment and incorporates checkout samples into the routine flow of work. Method validation includes intra-assay precision, inter-assay precision, accuracy, recovery, correlation, recovery, AMR, sensitivity, hook effect, clinically reportable range, control evaluation, carryover, interference, stability, and reference range studies. These method validation studies are included with the routine chemistry workflowPerforms inventory in assigned area, unpacks, and labels supplies. Monitors and rotates stock as neededCalculates concentrations, prepares, verifies, and documents the making of reagents, controls, and standards. The technologist updates instruments with new lot parameters if appropriateInstructs new employees, medical laboratory science students, residents, and post-doctoral fellows in routine procedures and is patient and tolerant with themProvides bedside testing on a routine or emergency basis throughout the hospital as requiredPerform related duties as requiredThis position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.REQUIREMENTS:This position will be offered as a Medical Laboratory Scientist 1 or Medical Laboratory Scientist Trainee dependent upon the qualifications of the selected candidate.Requirements for Medical Laboratory Scientist Trainee:Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience, AND eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Science certification examination from the American Society for Clinical Pathology, with successful completion and certification within one year from date of hire. Failure of Medical Laboratory Science graduates to attain certification within one year of date of hire will result in a recommendation for termination.Requirements for Medical Laboratory Scientist 1:Accredited Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science OR equivalent education/experience, AND current Medical Laboratory Science certification with the American Society for Clinical Pathology or equivalent certifying organization; or certification with specialty organization appropriate to the laboratory division, AND one year of experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist Trainee. Up to one year of on-the-job experience performing clinical testing in a Medical Laboratory Science Program externship may count towards the experience requirement.
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