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Medical Laboratory Scientist - FT/Evenings/Microbiology/TMC

Houston Methodist Hospital
Southside Place, Texas, US
Closing date
Jul 12, 2024

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Finance, Biology
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At Houston Methodist, the Medical Laboratory Scientist position is responsible for performing both routine and complex analyses, which necessitates knowledge of laboratory techniques, principles, and equipment and their interrelationship. This position exercises good judgment by using critical thinking skills and deals with issue resolution concerning the day-to-day technical operation of the laboratory. The Medical Laboratory Scientist also ensures that specimens are accessioned and processed expeditiously in order to deliver quality laboratory results in an effective and cost-efficient manner.

Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one another to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members of the patient care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner.

Teaches students, new employees and others as assigned by Manager.

Participates in laboratory and organization wide initiatives.

Performs qualitative and quantitative tests and examination using various analyzers and/or manual methods.

Organizes workload and sets priorities. Utilizes all available work time by assisting others and performing additional tasks.

Meets turnaround time expectations as defined by management

Demonstrates the six elements of competency for test systems used to generate patient test results in all areas assigned to work.

Recognizes, investigates and helps resolve test discrepancies. When problems arise, takes appropriate action to investigate and address and notifies management and the medical director for follow-up.

Performs instrument calibrations, validations, quality control testing, maintenance, and function checks.

Adjusts work schedule to accommodate departmental/organizational needs. Appropriately utilizes the time recording system.

Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies. Restocks section inventory levels as needed

GROWTH/INNOVATION ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSSeeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development.

Reviews and utilizes Standard Operating Procedure and offers suggestions for improvement

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.
Bachelor's degree

One year of work or training experience in a hospital laboratory preferred

Must meet certification eligibility upon entry into this role and have one of the following required certifications within 18 months:

• Preferred - Certified as a Medical Technologist, Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Medical Laboratory Scientist, or categorical certification by Board of Certification (ASCP)

• Certified as a Medical Technologist by American Medical Technologists (AMT)

• Certified as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist by National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCA)

• HLA only - One of the following is required:
◊ Medical Technologist, MT(ASCP) or Medical Laboratory Scientist, MLS(ASCP) certification
◊ Certified by American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ABHI)

• Microbiology only - One of the following is required:
◊ Medical Technologist, MT(ASCP) or Medical Laboratory Scientist, MLS(ASCP) certification
◊ Microbiology, M(ASCP) certification
◊ Clinical microbiology registry from American Society for Microbiology, RM(AAM)

Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations

Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security

Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles

Adapts to multiple ongoing priorities including organizing heavy workflow with minimal supervision

Strong attention to detail and ability to achieve and maintain accuracy

Demonstrates independent judgment and discretion to recognize problems, identify causes and take corrective action

Possesses basic computer knowledge; operates multiple computer systems to include, Hospital/Laboratory Information Systems and Office software to maintain patient and testing records and other related documents

Demonstrates the ability to work independently with little or no direct supervision

Ability to recognize changes that are critical to patient care



Uniform No

Scrubs Yes

Business professional Yes

Other (department approved) No

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. DIsaster, Severe Weather Events, etc) regardless of selection below.

On Call* Yes

Travel specifications may vary by department

May require travel within the Houston Metropolitan area Yes

May require travel outside Houston Metropolitan area Yes

Company Profile:

Houston Methodist Hospital is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 hospital in Texas (two-way tie) and one of America's "Best Hospitals." As a full-service, acute-care hospital located in the Texas Medical Center and the flagship hospital of Houston Methodist, it has evolved into one of the nation's largest nonprofit teaching hospitals and a leader in innovative medical research with a comprehensive residency program. Two of Houston Methodist's primary academic affiliates are among the nation's leading health care organizations: Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Houston Methodist also has affiliations with Texas A&M University and the University of Houston. With 948 operating beds, 85 operating rooms and more than 8,400 employees, Houston Methodist Hospital offers unparalleled care for thousands of patients from around the world.

Houston Methodist is an equal opportunity employer inclusive of women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law. VEVRAA Federal Contractor - priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

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