Medical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist

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Fairview Health Services

Company : Fairview Health Services

Country: United States

Location : Minneapolis, Minnesota

Post: Sun, 19 Sep 2021 16:36:58 GMT

Expires: Sun, 17 Oct 2021 23:59:59 GMT

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The Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory (IDDL) located in the Mayo building at University of Minnesota Medical Center – East Bank has a fulltime evening shift MLS/MT, Monday – Friday 3:30pm – 12:00am, every third weekend and rotating holidays. 


IDDL performs approximately 700,000 Microbiology and Virology tests annually.  We span the spectrum from manual reading of bacteriology cultures to state of the art PCR testing.   IDDL offers expertise in the following areas:  Bacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology, and Virology.


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Responsibilities/Job Description:
The Medical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist (MLS/MT) functions independently in performing all major work responsibilities of professional laboratory practice.  A MLS/MT performs a wide variety of complex diagnostic and therapeutic testing, and acts as a resource for problem resolution and interpretation of results. The MLS/MT correlates data based on clinical knowledge, technical expertise, and other conditions affecting test results. The MLS/MT collaborates with the customers of the laboratory to promote customer satisfaction.  The MLS/MT participates in laboratory performance improvement activities.


Follows established guidelines to obtain specimens and prioritize work.

Obtains specimens from patients of all ages and degrees of physical and/or mental disability.

Properly verifies patient identity.

Assesses integrity of all specimens for testing.

Verifies correct identification of specimens before testing.

Follows established guidelines for determining priority of specimen testing and procurement


Recognizes problems and takes appropriate measures to resolve them.

Acts as a resource for problem solving, corrective action and troubleshooting for lab procedures and unexpected events in lab operations.

Initiates proper safety or emergency responses.

Consults with supervisor if unable to resolve issues.

Exercises critical thinking to maintain and improve department productivity and efficiencies.


Evaluates testing results for accuracy and appropriate intervention.

Determine if test results fall within normal parameters and reporting protocols. Recognizes age-specific reference ranges.

Correlates data based on clinical knowledge, technical expertise and other conditions affecting test results.

Takes appropriate action to recheck abnormal, discrepant, or unexpected results.

Directly communicates abnormal and critical results to care giver.

Obtains information from caregivers to resolve reasons for incongruent results (physiologic or methodologic).


Demonstrates understanding of and commitment to Laboratory Quality   Assurance, Performance Improvement and Laboratory Compliance Programs.

Documents deviations and action taken.

Documents reagent, test kit and calibrator checks.

Recognizes and communicates values and trends that exceed the QC decision levels. Takes action to resolve and consults with supervisor as needed.

Participates in the lab Performance improvement program by collecting data, reviewing the results and implementing corrective action recommendations.

Documents compliance with regulations of governmental or voluntary regulatory agencies.

Collaborates with the customers of the laboratory to promote customer satisfaction.


Orients and mentors new employees and students.

Participates in orienting individuals in routine and complex testing methodology, instrumentation, and information systems.

Checks work prior to release.

Completes training checklists and evaluations as appropriate.

Reports progress and problems to supervisor/manager.


Demonstrates ability to provide care or service adjusting approaches to reflect developmental level and cultural differences of population served.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s in a related laboratory field including the related lab practicum or equivalent routes as specified in CLIA ’88.

Possess or be eligible to receive appropriate HHS approved laboratory certification (ASCP or AMT). HEW certification is also recognized.  If not certified, must obtain certification within 1 year of hire.


Preferred Qualifications

Prefer BS in Medical Laboratory Science or Medical Technology

Certification in Microbiology


Desired Skills

Demonstrate the ability to work under stress in a variety of situations

Ability to exercise independent judgment

Demonstrate good manual dexterity. 

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