SUMMARY:At Stony Brook Medicine, a TH Clinical Laboratory Technologist / Cytotechnologist is a valuable member of our team, who provides clinical services to our patient population, and will also Interact in a professional manner with physicians, nursing staff, support staff, peers and other members of the hospital community. Will maintain a general knowledge of safe practices and conducts oneself in a manner consistent with those practices to insure the safety of all Laboratory personnel.
Using a microscope, a cytotechnologist will examine Gynecologic (GYN), Non-Gynecologic (Non-GYN), and Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) cytology specimens to determine if the cellular changes are benign, neoplastic, or malignant. The microscopic findings are presented to the Pathologist and a final diagnosis is rendered. This information will permit therapeutic decisions and follow-up monitoring of the patient.
Qualified candidates will demonstrate superior patient care and possess outstanding communication skills while adhering to our high standard of excellence.
Job Duties & Essential Functions:
Screen Cytology specimens (Gynecologic and Non-Gynecologic, including FNA’s, to determine whether the cellular changes meet guidelines to necessitate referral to the Pathologist.
Schedule and attend Rapid Onsite Evaluation of FNA or biopsy procedures (i.e.: CAT scan, Ultrasound, Endoscopy, Bronchoscopy, etc.) to determine specimen adequacy independently or pair with a Cytopathologist to provide preliminary assessment utilizing Telecytology system.
Obtain patient history that would be relevant to the final cytologic diagnosis utilizing Copath, Cerner/PowerChart.
Correlate microscopic findings with concurrent and/or prior related surgical pathology, flow cytometry, and other clinical lab data/results; obtain slides for morphologic comparison when applicable.
Prepare written cytologic reports utilizing standard terminology specific to organ systems, documentation of immediate assessments, communications to clinicians, and reference all related specimens on final report.
Apply appropriate billing codes for each case.
Process specimens for microscopic evaluation when needed (i.e. registration, ordering, accessioning and cytopreparation) according to established policies & procedures.
Participate in Quality Control and Quality Assurance.
Participate in Proficiency Testing and Continuing Education.
Work with Pathology/Cytology residents and fellows.
Required Education and Qualifications:
Baccalaureate Degree with formal training from an accredited school of Cytotechnology.
Experience: SL-1: NYS licensure as a Cytotechnologist or documented eligibility, including provisional/limited permit eligibility with 0-2 years demonstrated experience; SL-2: NYS licensure as a Cytotechnologist or documented eligibility, including provisional/limited permit eligibility with 2-5 years demonstrated experience; SL-3: NYS licensure as a Cytotechnologist or documented eligibility, including provisional/limited permit eligibility with a minimum of 6 years demonstrated experience).
Candidate must have passed the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) registry exam (CT, ASCP) and must be a registered Cytotechnologist with NYSED and have a NYSED license in Cytotechnology.
Experience in performing Rapid Onsite Evaluation during FNA/biopsy procedures and/or experience with cytopathology related research projects.
Specialist in Cytotechnology certification, SCT (ASCP)
Members of the Department of Pathology support of the tripartite missions of the School of Medicine, the Cancer Center, and Stony Brook University, to excel in clinical service, education, and research. Since our founding over forty years ago, our national leaders in academic Pathology have included Dr. Arthur Upton (former Director of the National Cancer Institute), Dr. Marvin Kuschner (the founding chair of the Department of Pathology and a pioneer in research of chemical carcinogenesis and cigarette smoking), Dr. Lauren Ackerman (author and founding editor of Ackerman's Surgical Pathology), Dr. Jorge Benach (discoverer of the etiologic agent of Lyme Disease and current interim Vice Dean for Research), and Dr. Martha Furie (former President of the American Society for Investigative Pathology, current Senior Editor of the American Journal of Pathology, and Director of Stony Brook University’s Graduate Program in Genetics).
Members of our department are authorities in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, innovators in graduate student, medical student, and resident education, and they engage in high impact basic and translational cancer research. The department is both a basic scie...nce and clinical department and provides comprehensive service in all aspects of laboratory medicine, as well as in surgical pathology and cytopathology. Thus, our faculty members are bridging the gap from bench to bedside research with the goal of improving the effectiveness of clinical diagnosis and medical care for the citizens of New York and the broader community.