This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more *************Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be authorized for highly qualified applicants************* Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education: Must possess a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university in medical laboratory science, medical technology, clinical laboratory science or in a related science (e.g., laboratory sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, immunology, etc.). AND completion of a medical technology clinical practice program Clinical practice programs completed after 1974 must have been accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP : or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) OR · bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with 1 course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with 1 course in organic or biochemistry) and 1 course in mathematics AND 2 years of post-certification clinical laboratory experience (e.g., blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, clinical microscopy, etc.), within last 10 years as a certified Medical Laboratory Technician by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR) or American Medical Technologist (AMT). This experience must include performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory OR · bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with 1 course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with 1 course in organic or biochemistry) and 1 course in mathematics, AND 5 years of clinical laboratory experience within last 10 years performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory. Must submit a copy of transcripts · Certification: Must possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT. Must submit a copy of Certification · English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: Grade Determinations: GS-7 (1) Experience: None beyond the basic requirements. (2) Certification: At the full performance level (GS-9), candidates must currently possess the categorical or specialist technologist level certification. *** Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for certification may be given a temporary appointment not to exceed one year as a graduate medical technologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2)(B). This appointment may not be extended. Failure to Obtain Certification: In all cases, MTs must actively pursue meeting prerequisites for certification from the date of their appointment. Failure to become certified within one year from date of appointment will result in removal from the GS-0644 MT series. Failure to obtain certification during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. GS-9 (Full Performance Level) 1) Experience: At least 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-7), which is directly related to the position to be filled. (2) Education: Must have Master's degree or 2 academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly (3) Certification: Candidates must currently possess the categorical or specialist technologist level certification from the certification agencies listed, such as, but not limited to, chemistry (C/SC), hematology (H,SH), blood bank (BB/SBB), etc. (Must submit copy of certification with application). (4) KSAs: In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: · Knowledge of professional Medical Technologist principles, practices, concepts and theories providing for sound independent work · Knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement in order to manage reagent and supply inventories and document control systems; · Knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot and repair instrumentation; · Ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member and effectively complete assignments; Preferred Experience: Bachelor Science degree or higher in Medical Laboratory Science; ASCP certified, at least 3 years of clinical experience in laboratory procedures. References: MAY 12, 2014 VA HANDBOOK 5005/72 PART II APPENDIX G24 II-G24-9 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-07 to GS-09. Physical Requirements: The work is normally completed in an indoor hospital/clinic setting. Required to stand, bend, stoop, lift, and kneel for long periods of time. He/she must also be able to lift heavy objects, climb ladders and stairs, and maintain self-control in difficult and stressful situations. Must be able to see colors. Working in a clinical laboratory also involves regular and recurring risks to infectious substances and irritant reagents. Required to wear protective clothing and take safety precautions. A physical examination prior to placement is required. This is a designated drug testing position. After appointment, incumbent will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use. ["---This announcement is being extended and will remain open until filled --- ***************Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be authorized for highly qualified applicants**************** A Medical Technology/Clinical Lab Scientist develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates, and validates accuracy of laboratory\nresults. Serves in Clinical Laboratory of the Path and Lab Service in a university affiliated Medical Center. The generalist medical technologist rotates with other generalists on a regular basis. He/She also works off-hour shifts, weekends, and holidays as priorities demonstrate a need. Serves as an independent duty medical technologist for the evening and night shifts in the Clinical Laboratory of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service in this university affiliated Medical Center. The duties and responsibilities of the Medical Technologist - Generalist Irregular Shift includes, but is not limited to, the following: Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all testing and tasks of the medical laboratory technician occupation. In addition, performs advanced and complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles. Conducts literature search if indicated and documents actions taken in quality assurance logs. Participates in the performance of quality assurance programs, such as College of American Pathologist or other regulatory agencies in order to maintain accreditation, corrects deficiencies promptly and modifies instruments and methods to conform and keep laboratory standards at a high level Prepares reagents, assembles equipment, identifies all operational problems and troubleshoots accordingly, performs daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance, performs and calculates results for a variety of complex tests such as sterile fluid exams, buffy coat smears, Gram Stains, special tests for hemolytic anemia, special coagulation studies for disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) work-ups and body fluid differentials. Performs a broad range of complex blood banking duties including obtaining blood and other components from outside sources for transfusion; screens patient blood samples for irregular antibodies to determine if rare or unusual antibodies are present; types and crossmatches patient/donor for transfusion; prepares platelet and type specific plasma for infusion; solves complex antibody problems; investigates transfusion reactions and completes all computer data entry. Performs ABO and RH typing of specimens; resolving discrepancies between forward and reverse typing Performs antibody screening; identifies any antibody detected in the screen by testing patient serum against appropriate panel of red cells Thaws fresh frozen plasma; prepares other components when ordered. Work Schedule: 11:30pm - 7:30am with rotating weekends and holidays\nTelework: NOT AVAILABLE\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact email@example.com, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nPCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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