Staff Pathologist (Cytopathology)

Department of Veterans Affairs
Johnson City, Tennessee
Feb 12, 2021
Feb 12, 2022
Full Time
Position Type
Duties and Responsibilities of the Anatomic and Clinical Pathologist:
  1. The AP/CP pathologist is ultimately responsible for diagnostic interpretation of specimens processed within the laboratory.
  2. The AP/CP pathologist will provide residents and/or trainees information on specimen processing and evaluation.
  3. Review of gross specimens
  4. Processing and interpretation of intraoperative frozen sections.
  5. Provide intraoperative and intra-procedural consultation as requested.
  6. Interpretation/sign-out of surgical pathology specimens within CAP guidelines for turnaround time and synoptic cancer reporting.
  7. Ordering and interpretation of appropriate immunohistochemical stains and special stains.
  8. Interpretation/sign-out of non-gynecological cytology specimens.
  9. Perform diagnostic GYN pap smear interpretations using Bethesda Guidelines.
  10. Review hematology fluids and issue diagnostic interpretation.
  11. Cytopathology training/experience: Provide consultation on fine needle aspiration interpretation, including rapid read during the fine needle procedures, immediate adequacy interpretation for CT guided FNA biopsies and EBUS.
  12. Participation in Quality Assurance measures including 10% retrospective review of all anatomic pathology cases, VHA mandated surgical pathology review guidelines, and inter-laboratory comparison programs as designated by Chief, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
  13. Participation in multi-disciplinary conferences such as Cancer Conference, Tumor Board, Infection Control, Laboratory Utilization Committee, and Tissue/Transfusion Committee.
  14. Participate in a 24 hour on-call rotation service.
  15. Participate in minimum required continuing medical education (CME) to maintain licensure/privileges.
  16. Responsible for timely completion of VA assigned TMS educational modules.
  17. Responsible for diagnostic expertise and sign-out in any area for which sub-specialty fellowship training has been completed.
  18. Responsible for technical director over satellite clinical laboratory departments as designated by Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
Work Schedule:Primarily Monday - Friday, 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM. Participation in the service's on-call rotation is required.
Financial Disclosure Report:Not required

Travel Required
Not requiredSupervisory status
NoPromotion Potential
    Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
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.
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
  • Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
  • Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.
Preferred Experience:Board Certification - Cytopathology is preferred. Current or prior VA service/experience is also preferred.

Reference:VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements:Physicians should be physically and mentally capable to perform the examinations, formulate the diagnosis and treatment plan, and educate residents. Physical activity includes sitting, standing (for up to 2 hours), walking (up to 2 hours), heavy lifting (intermittently, 45 lbs or over), reaching above the shoulder, and repeated bending. Physician should be emotionally and mental stable and capable of performing the duties of the position.Education
Note:Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:


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