Washington D.C.
Jun 07, 2017
Jun 27, 2017
Full Time

The Defense Health Agency, National Capital Region Medical Directorate (NCR-MD) is the future of Military Medicine- a partnership in World Class Medical Healthcare. The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Dilorenzo Clinic and the Joint Pathology Center, provide world class medical services to the nation's service members and their families.

About the Position:
This position is with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Director for Clinical Support, Department of Pathology, Anatomical Pathology located in Bethesda, Maryland. The Cytotechnologist will be part of a clinical team in a tertiary medical center that cares for military members and their beneficiaries and processes and screens approximately 8,000 Pap tests, 1,400 fine needle aspirations (FNA), and 1,700 other non-gynecologic specimens. The incumbent will participate in a rotating schedule to include specimen processing, rapid on-site evaluation of adequacy (ROSE; ROSA) of fine needle aspirations, and screening of gynecologic (ThinPrep) and non-gynecologic specimens.
The incumbent must be able to transport FNA equipment and supplies to the site of FNAs, which may be located in adjoining buildings of the hospital. The job requires the physical demands of standing, lifting, stooping, wearing a lead apron, light physical exertion (up to 30 lbs.), and frequent walking.

Who May Apply: US Citizens

  • Not Required

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  • Position is being filled using EHA - Critical Need Health Care Occupations.
  • In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

    Basic Requirement for Cytotechnologist:

    Degree: Degree with a major study (at least 24 semester hours) in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position, such as cytology or pathology, from an accredited college or university.


    Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes work that involves preparing and screening liquid-based gynecological (such as ThinPrep) and non-gynecological specimens; following quality assurance guidelines; independently performing rapid on-site evaluation (ROSE) for fine needle aspirations (FNAs); and triaging specimens for ancillary testing. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-09).


    Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: cytology or pathology.


    Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the second year (total graduate semester hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages.

    Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - and

    Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please submit your foreign education evaluation with your application.

    Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
    • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination.
    • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Tier 3 (T3) security clearance.
    • This position requires the incumbent to have tuberculosis testing.
    • This position has mandatory seasonal influenza vaccination requirements and is subject to annual seasonal influenza vaccinations unless otherwise exempted for medical or religious reasons.
    • This position requires you to satisfactorily complete a pre-employment physical examination.
    • American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Cytopathology certification and possession of a current gynecologic proficiency testing certificate is preferred.

    Not Applicable

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