Mohs Technician – University Dermatology Associates
JOB PURPOSE: A nonexempt position responsible for preparing patients for exams and procedures; assisting physicians with surgeries and procedures; taking necessary vital signs and measurements; obtaining and processing lab specimens; scheduling appointments, tests and procedures; assisting physician in any other way to ensure effective patient flow. Performs a variety of technical laboratory tests to obtain data for use in diagnosis and treatment of disease, using knowledge of medical laboratory techniques, procedures and equipment. Prepares tissue specimens by treating with chemicals, slicing and mounting on glass slides for examination and analysis. This includes grossing in tissue and preparing frozen sections for Mohs along with some immunization techniques. Assists Mohs dept with picture, tray set up, ordering supplies for lab and special products for Dermatology, scanning, filling miscellaneous documents, Mohs map and chart review.
JOB QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
• High School diploma or equivalent.
• Associate degree in laboratory science or medical laboratory science desired.
Experience & Certifications:
• Two years work related experience required.
• Current CPR certification required.
• Experience in a Dermatology office required
• Certified California Medical Assistant preferred.
o Knowledge of health care field, medical terminology and medical office protocols & procedures.
o Knowledge of specific assisting tasks related to the particular specialty medical practice.
o Basic knowledge of MS Office, Word and Excel.
o Bi-lingual English / Spanish preferred.
o Skill in performing medical assistant tasks appropriately and within the Medical Assistant Scope of Practice.
o Skill in performing Mohs Technician duties within the Mohs Technician Scope of Practice.
o Tact and diplomacy with interpersonal interactions.
o Ability to learn and retain information regarding patient care procedures.
o Ability to plan, prioritize and complete designated tasks.
o Ability to demonstrate compassion and patience when dealing with patients and patient’s families.
o Ability to project a pleasant and professional image.
• Considerable time spent walking and standing for up to four to six hours per day. Some bending, squatting and stooping.
• Must be able to use appropriate body mechanics when making necessary patient transfers and assisting patients with walking, dressing, etc.
• Must be able to lift up to 35 pounds.
• Standard medical exam/office equipment including computers, fax machines, copiers, printers, telephone systems and may include computerized health information management system for medical records, etc.
• Combination of medical office and exam/procedure room settings. Position is in a well-lighted, well ventilated space.
• Welcomes patients, visitors, physicians and staff in a warm, friendly and professional manner.
• Rooms patients upon arrival, documenting patient’s vital signs and chief complaint in the patient’s chart. Confirms current medication list and any additional information as instructed by the physician.
• Assumes responsibility for assisting physicians with procedures and tests within the Medical Assistant Scope of Practice.
• Obtains any imaging CD’s and files for physician to evaluate patient, prior to patient’s visit.
• Orders outside testing, obtaining any authorization needed and notifies patient of scheduled appointments.
• Maintains any required documentation in Excel spreadsheet “testing” log, pathology log, etc.
• Reviews charts at the end of each patient day, completing any physician requests.
• Pulls prescription refill requests and obtains approval from physician to refill.
• Calls or faxes in any orders approved by physician.
• Checks voice mail messages regularly throughout the day and addresses/responds to all inquiries by the end of each day.
• Completes doctor’s disability reports and places a copy of report in patient’s chart.
• Assists in routing completed billing sheet to the appropriate location.
• Maintains OSHA logs and keeps up to date for compliance.
• Restocks patient rooms with supplies and inventories and orders medical supplies as needed.
• Checks assigned physicians mail on a daily basis and notifies physician of patients’ lab and test results; meeting times; etc.
• Monitors physician’s schedule on a daily basis and plans accordingly.
• Maintains clean autoclave and cryostat. Cleans and sterilizes instruments. Maintains cryostat, microscope, slide stainer, specimen disks, and performs or schedules preventive maintenance on equipment. Maintains a clean, sterile and organized work area and lab.
• Prepares slides for microscopic examination and analysis for final diagnosis by Pathologist.
• Prepares tissue specimens for Mohs Surgeon to obtain data for use in diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer; maintains appropriate quality control using standard statistical methods.
• Assists in gross preparation of tissue for processing.
• Sets up, adjusts and maintains laboratory equipment and apparatus such as tissue processor, balance microtome and stainers according to established protocols.
• Subjects tissue specimens to automatic processing equipment to make qualitative and quantitative analysis; notifies supervisor of inconsistent processing, according to established protocols.* * Adds reagents or stain solutions and subjects specimens to operations such as heating, agitating, filtering and staining, according to established procedures.
• Monitors Mohs procedures to ensure specimens are correctly processed.
Prepares stains, reagents, as needed.
Maintains appropriate inventory for area in cooperation with supervisor.
Keeps detailed records of all examinations performed; completes necessary quality control reports; identifies and labels specimens to be retained and stores them for further reference or research.
Counts and records specimens, sorts and files slides and specimens.
• May log information into computer, labels tissues and prints worksheets as required.
• Responsible for organizing and filling Mohs slides and order biopsy slides from pathology.
• Makes appointment confirmation calls as needed. When making a new patient appointment, sends a new patient packet to the patient prior to first appointment.
• Provides back-up telephone coverage for front office and back-up to other medical assistants as needed.
• Promotes the purpose, values and foundations of CCFMG at all levels of the organization and to our customers.