Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Histotechnologist/Surg Tech in Boston, Massachusetts

Histotechnologist/Surg Tech

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Job LocationBoston, Massachusetts

Req ID 20540BR

Department Description: In the future, flexibility to travel to the Needham Cancer Center one day a week

Candidate will be fully trained in the histology process for the unit which will include:

 Performing standard histological procedures according to established MOHS technique; frozen-sectioning; mounting the sectioned tissue on glass slides; staining and cover-slipping prepared slides for microscopic examination

 Providing assistance to the MOHS surgeon with illustration of the lesion site; and processing of requested specimens to be sent to the Pathology Department

Education requirements:

An earned associates degree in a laboratory science or medical laboratory technology, obtained from an accredited institution.

Education/training equivalent to the above that includes at least 60 semester hours or equivalent from an accredited institution. This education must include 24 semester hours of medical laboratory technology courses, OR 24 semester hours of science courses that include 6 semester hours of chemistry, 6 semester hours of biology, and 12 semester hours of chemistry, biology or medical laboratory technology in any combination. In addition, the individual must have laboratory training including either completion of a clinical laboratory training program approved or accredited by the ABHES, NAACLA or other organization approved by HHS (this training may be included in the 60 semester hours above), OR at least 3 months documented laboratory training in a Mohs surgery laboratory.Job Location: Boston, MAReq ID: 20540BRJob Summary: Provides assistance to patients during their visits to the surgical area and ensures quality and efficient delivery of patient care.

Incumbent must be. Processes patient surgical pathology specimens to paraffin, embeds tissue in paraffin, performs paraffin blocs using microtomes, stains prepared tissue, coverslips slides, and assesses stains and sections microscopically for quality. Prepares and maintains stains, solutions, and hazardous chemicals for recycling. Maintains equipment for proper functioning and quality control, and supplies for sufficiency. Maintains filing process for all pathology slides ensuring accurate retrieval.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Greets and escorts patients to rooms. Maintains patient comfort and safe environment for patients and staff. Offers suggestions and/or engages in activities to enhance quantity and quality of care given to patients.

  • Sets up and breaks down surgical trays. Provides assistance to surgical specialist during procedures and repairs by replenishing surgical trays, retrieving additional equipment and supplies and adjusting lighting.

  • Cleans and sterilizes equipment. Implements proper care and maintenance of surgical equipment. Identifies defective equipment and reports need for repair.

  • Orders and stocks rooms with appropriate levels of supplies through purchasing and the Pyxis system. Maintains linen inventory. Stores supplies upon delivery.

  • Downloads and prints all digital pictures.

Required Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED required .

  • License preferred: ASCP Registered

  • 1-3 years related work experience required in One year of histology lab training; two years total histology experience.

  • Ability to work well independently as a strong contributing member to a cohesive surgical team. Strong leadership, time management, problem solving and decision making skills with the ability to set priorities and organize facilities to maximize results. Quantitative and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to stand for long hours, stoop, life and assist patients.

  • Must have completed approved surgical technician training program one year beyond high school or have equivalent on the job training. Knowledge of fundamental operation of surgical exam tables, lights, electrosurgical units, sterilizers and other related surgical equipment.

  • Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.


  • Written Communications: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English with internal and external customers.

  • Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.

  • Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate full working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, procedures and policies with the ability to use them in varied situations.

  • Team Work: Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.

  • Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients, visitors, staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

Age based Competencies:

Employees in this job must be competent to provide patient care to the following age groups: Young adult: 16-30 years, Middle Age: 30 - 60 years, Elderly: 60 -.

Physical Nature of the Job:

Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Some elements of the job are sedentary, but the employee will be required to stand for periods of time or move through out the hospital campus