Medical Technologist I
Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)

Boston, Massachusetts


$5,000 Sign On Bonus Offered! Current employees of MGB and its affiliates are not eligible for bonus

The HLA Medical Technologist I functions independently under the direction of the Laboratory Supervisor. On a daily basis, this position performs high complexity testing on blood and tissue samples of patients and donors for solid organ and bone marrow transplantation; testing for blood transfusion, and HLA related disease associations and treatment. The technologist recognizes and resolves discrepancies observed in test results and equipment, determines priorities and tests required for patients, and communicates results to appropriate physicians.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Receives and accessions all specimens, verifies that all information is accurate and complete, obtains any missing information from appropriate physician or patient care unit.

2. Performs and interprets high complexity testing from blood or tissue by serological or molecular techniques to determine HLA Class I and II phenotypes; according to the Standard Operating Procedure Manual. Effectively communicates information to clinicians and coordinators as needed.

3. Organizes and performs HLA antibody identification procedures using panel screening and donor crossmatching to identify histocompatibility.

4. Accurately documents all laboratory results, prepares reports, and ensures all records are complete, legible, and reviewed by supervisor or director.

5. Enters and maintains computer records for patient data, serum analysis, test results, reagents.

6. On a rotating basis, participates in 24 hour on call coverage for non-living organ donor typing and crossmatching and other stat procedures as needed. Performs, interprets, and communicates results of these tests to appropriate clinician, coordinator or Organ Procurement Organization. Refers technical difficulties to supervisor or director for consultation and assistance.

7. Participates in on going quality control, competency and proficiency testing, and equipment maintenance. Reports any discrepancies, unusual results, or equipment failures to supervisor. Assists with updating of procedure manuals.

8. Prepares various reagents using equipment such as balance, pH meter, filtration techniques, and documents appropriately.

9. Assures proper laboratory operation by performing inventory checks and maintaining a safe and clean laboratory area.

10. Follows all laboratory policies and procedures for fire and chemical safety and infection control as well as patient confidentiality.

11. Participates in continuing education programs and activities in relevant areas with hours sufficient to allow ASHI accreditation.

12. May participate in training of new technologists and demonstrations for residents, fellows, students and visiting personnel.

13. May evaluate new methods, reagents or equipment, or other performance improvement initiatives.

Qualifications
1. Bachelors Degree in Medical Technology with certification preferred

OR

2. BS or BA in Science from an accredited college; and

Certification Eligible based on one-year work experience plus degree
OR

3. Certification eligible CLT at MGH with one year of performance evaluations which meet or exceed expectations and

Ten hours of documented continuing education in previous year within division, hospital or external programs

1. Must have a good understanding of department policies and procedures, test principles and equipment operation and work independently on standard procedures and assignments with careful attention to detail and written protocols.

2. Must possess visual acuity to distinguish between variations in stained cells and must possess manual dexterity to work with small instruments and delicate equipment and tissues.

3. Must possess ability to think clearly under stress and exercise correct judgement in performance and reporting of tests. Failure to do so could result in hyperacute rejection and possibly patient death.

4. Must have a high level of analytical ability to interpret quality control data and resolve technical problems as a result of faulty equipment, reagents, abnormal patient cells or sera.

5. Must be able to work independently if called in after normal working hours.

6. Must possess interpersonal and communication skills to interact effectively with co-workers, surgeons, nephrologists, and coordinators, sometimes under pressure and in stressful situations.

7. Must be compliant with all hospital policies regarding patient confidentiality.

8. Must demonstrate a high level of professionalism and neat and orderly work habits with attention to detail and adequate control of contamination.

9. Required to share on call responsibility which may include up to 8 hours of additional work in the overnight hours.

10. Required to attend yearly training update in fire and chemical safety and universal precautions.

11.Must be able to work for extended periods of time under pressure.

EEO Statement
Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.


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