Histocompatibility Specialist - #19543465

MedStar Health


Date: Apr 5, 2021
City: Washington, DC
Contract type: Full time
MedStar Health

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital with 609 beds located in Northwest Washington, D.C. Founded in the Jesuit principle of cura personalis—caring for the whole person—MedStar Georgetown is committed to offering a variety of innovative diagnostic and treatment options within a trusting and compassionate environment.


MedStar Georgetown's centers of excellence include neurosciences, transplant, cancer and gastroenterology. Along with Magnet® nurses, internationally recognized physicians, advanced research and cutting-edge technologies, MedStar Georgetown's healthcare professionals have a reputation for medical excellence and leadership


Job Summary



  • Performs specimen testing and analysis on patient samples to aid the clinician in providing patient care services. Ensures that all quality control, quality assurance and equipment maintenance is documented and maintained according to standards. Provides exceptional customer service as needed. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and Georgetown University Hospital's philosophy, policies, procedures and standards.


Education, Experience, and License Requirements



  • B.S. Degree required, preferably in Medical Laboratory Science or a related field. At least 60 semester hours including either 24 semester hours of medical laboratory technology courses or 24 semester hours of science courses (6 hours of chemistry; 6 hours of biology, and 12 ours in chemistry, biology or medical laboratory technology, or any combination) are required

  • ASCP, NCA, or ABHI certification required. Candidates who meet educational requirements but are not certified are expected to pass the ABHI certification exam after the first 12 months of employment.

  • One year of laboratory experience, preferred


Primary Duties and Responsibilities




  • Participates in continuing education and completes 12 histocompatibility related CEUs per year




  • Assists with the management of patient histocompatibility information in local and national databases, including UNOS, NKR, NMDP. Verifies each patient's histocompatibility information throughout the transplant process, including initial candidacy evaluation, ongoing monitoring pre-transplant, risk assessment at the time of transplant, and post-transplant immunologic monitoring.




  • Works collectively with co-workers to ensure that the laboratory meets and exceeds all safety requirements, including but not limited to maintaining temperature charts, equipment logs, control materials, laboratory cleanliness and transportation of hazardous wastes to the department's pick-up area.




  • Performs and documents quality control procedures for FDA modified and laboratory developed tests. Performs quality system audits.




  • Performs, documents and reports high complexity histocompatibility testing. Confirms abnormal results and specimen discrepancies. Refers problems with procedure/performance to a supervisor.



  • Utilizes computer appropriately for entry of results, quality control, specimen inquiry, and patient inquiry.


About MedStar Health


MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.

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