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Senior Cytologist

Patient Care
School of Medicine
22002114 Requisition #

Job Summary:


Performs microscopic screening of gynecologic, non-gynecologic, and Fine Needle Aspirate (FNA) slide preparations, for the detection of precancerous and cancerous conditions.The incumbent provides assistance and adequacy assessment on the majority of Fine Needle Aspirate procedures. The incumbent must have knowledge of the field of cytology and be able to perform cytopreparatory procedures. The person in this position must meet Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments personnel standards for the specialty of Cytopathology.

Job Duties:



 Microscopic screening of Thin Prep Pap Tests, conventional Pap smears, and body fluids

  1. Independently makes diagnostic evaluations during microscopic screening of gynecological and non-gynecological smears and cell blocks.
  2. Independently prepares a concise report of each sample, describing microscopic findings and conclusions in accepted terminology.
  3. Determines adequacy and quality of samples submitted for evaluation.
  4. Responsible for rendering and reporting out final interpretations on negative gynecologic specimens.
  5. Rescreens designated quality control and high-risk specimens in accordance with regulatory requirements and established laboratory procedure. This requires a minimum of three years’ experience in gynecologic cytology, and authorization by the cytopathology faculty director and manager/supervisor.
  6. Responsible for recording workload information for subsequent analysis within the laboratory

 Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) Service

  1.  Manages supply inventory in all Fine Needle Aspirate service areas.
  2. Prepares Fine Needle Aspirate’s by reviewing patient clinical history, completing requisition form, preparing, and staining slides.
  3. Provides microscopic adequacy assessment to physicians and provides assistance to the cytopathologist in determining preliminary diagnosis.
  4. Advise medical staff in appropriate specimen triage and collection procedures, as needed.
  5. Participates in “Fine Needle Aspirate team” to develop and update procedures for continued improvement of the Fine Needle Aspirate service.

Collection of quality assurance data

  1. Responsible for retrieving all appropriate quality control data from the laboratory information system.
  2. Collects, evaluates, and reports quality control data on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

 Inventory Control and Supply Ordering

  1. Establishes an inventory and ordering system for all supplies.
  2. Manages laboratory supplies.

 Cytopreparation Duties

  1. Independently processes Gynecological specimens according to established protocols.
  2. Independently processes body fluids and CSF analysis.
  3. Independently stains and prepares slides for microscopic evaluation.
  4. Responsible for maintaining instruments and perform quality control procedures.
  5. Prepare and maintain processing reagents and stains.
  6. Prepare and perform initial evaluation on wet film slides on body fluids for high-risk staining assessment.
  7. Prepare cell blocks from non-gynecologic material per procedure protocols.

Laboratory Procedures

  1. Establishes and writes laboratory procedures that follow the guidelines for the College of American Pathologists and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments regulations related to work area.

 Personnel Training

  1. Trains and teaches new employees.
  2. Provides supervision to entry level staff and manages the laboratory.


  1. Performs all other duties as assigned.



Bachelor’s degree in medical technology, clinical laboratory science, chemical, physical, biological sciences, or a related field. Completion



Five (5) years experience as a cytotechnologist/cytologist.

Licenses and Certifications:


Completion of an accredited cytotechnology program.


Benefits Overview

UT Health San Antonio offers an excellent benefits package for its employees. Employees who work at least 20 hours a week, with an appointment of at least 4.5 months, are eligible for benefits.

Medical- UT SELECT Medical insurance is offered free for employees and administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Family members can be added to the plan through payroll deduction. Employees and their dependents can also receive discounted copays and coinsurance when using UT Health Physicians, a network of 800 premier physicians including more than 100 specialists.

Dental - Three dental insurance plan options are available for employees and their families through Delta Dental Insurance Company, two PPOs and one dental HMO plan. Both PPO plans allow employees to choose any licensed dentist.

Vision- Fully insured Vision Care benefits are offered by Superior Vision Services. Two vision plan options that offer either standard or enhanced vision benefits. Life Employees receive $40,000 of group term life insurance and $40,000 of basic accidental death and dismemberment insurance for free, with options to purchase additional employee and dependent coverage for both at group rates.

Retirement- Employees are eligible for either the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) or the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). TRS is a defined benefit retirement plan which UT Health matches employee contributions. ORP is for eligible faculty staff employees. Voluntary retirement programs are also available to invest before- or after-tax dollars with the choice of five quality retirement plan providers.

Time Off- A generous leave program offers multiple paid leave options:

Front-loaded Paid Time Off: 128 to 208 hours (16 to 26 days) of Paid Time Off based on years of service, given at the start of each fiscal year. PTO may be prorated in year one based on date of hire.

Extended Illness Bank: 8 hours (1 day) accrued per month which can be used for illness or injury after one day of Paid Time Off is taken.

Paid Family Leave: Up to 240 hours (6 weeks) to care for a spouse, child, or parent after 6 months of consecutive employment.

Holidays: 12 set paid holidays each year plus three floating holidays, which can be used anytime during the fiscal year.

FSAs- Employees can enroll in flexible spending accounts (FSAs) to set aside money from earnings before taxes for qualifying dependent day care expenses or out-of-pocket health care expenses.


Discounts- Employees enjoy a range of discounts on services, tickets, and gym membership.

UT Health San Antonio is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer.  It is our policy to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

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