This position is located in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service at the VA Medical Center in Biloxi, MS, The Supervisory Pathology Specialist provides a variety of services in anatomic pathology, under the direction and supervision of a Pathologist, providing accurate and timely processing of a variety of laboratory specimens, and serves as a key partner in assisting the Pathologist to arrive at a pathologic diagnosis. All applicants must meet the BASIC REQUIREMENT: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university in a major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of a Supervisory Pathology Specialist. NOTE: You must submit copies of transcripts at the time of application. Education will not be credited without documentation. Please ensure that your transcripts show that a degree was conferred. Display copies of degrees or course listings do not provide the information needed. ~ AND ~ In order to meet the minimum qualifications for this position at the GS- 12 level you must have: At least one (1) full year of specialized experience, equivalent to at the least the next lower grade level (GS-11), that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this Supervisory Pathology Specialist. Specialized experience is experience performing and leading others in pathology work; performing gross examination of surgical pathology specimens and frozen section preparation; applying professional knowledge of gross and microscopic human anatomy, pathophysiology, and embryology to distinguish normal versus disease states, including variations in size, configuration, and structural details of human organs and organ systems; applying comprehensive professional knowledge of anatomic pathology and standard autopsy procedures; applying knowledge of molecular pathology to select appropriate highly specialized tissue for testing for differential diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of a wide variety of tumors; Extensive knowledge of methods for handling surgical tissues, the kinds of information needed by the surgical staff (margins, depth of tumor invasion, etc.), and how this information can best be provided by careful examination, morphometric interpretation, description, and selection of appropriate tissue samples, with ability to determine which portions are important, the number of samples to be taken, and the appropriate plane sectioning, etc.; and interpreting specialized tests and laboratory findings. You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: Information Assurance Leadership Research Technical Competence IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["Major duties and responsibilities include: Responsible for the organization and efficient and effective operation of the surgical pathology suite and the anatomic pathology service Performs postmortem examinations, including prosection, assisting the pathologist with rendering the provisional anatomic diagnosis, composing the clinical history, recording the macroscopic anatomic findings, and submitting tissue sections for microscopic examination Writes and reviews surgical pathology and autopsy procedures Responsible for inventory control, quality assurance, quality control, accreditation inspection preparation, and budgeting Oversees all daily Surgical Pathology functions, to include highly complex pathology functions, maintaining regulatory compliance related to anatomic pathology, teaching various aspects of anatomic pathology, and all activities related to autopsy and cytopathology services Provides anatomical and pathology services under the supervision of a pathologist Performs gross examination of surgical pathology specimens and frozen section preparation Dissects and prepares specimens Prepares tissues for histologic processing Plans work to be established by subordinates, setting and adjusting short-term priorities Evaluates work performance of subordinates Gives advice, counsel, and instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters Performs other related duties as assigned Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm, with rotating on call schedule and weekends/holidays if needed. Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required"]
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