Chief Medical Lab Scientist (Weekends) – Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital

Houston Methodist
November 4, 2021
Baytown, TX
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The Chief Medical Laboratory Scientist has responsibility for leading and coordinating services provided by multiple sections within Laboratory Services. Facilitates day-to-day operations for assigned areas to include: workflow, work processes, work schedules and outcomes for assigned sections. Serves as liaison between associated laboratory sections and with physicians, management, staff, and students for questions and problem resolution. Ensures the delivery of exceptional patient care and adherence to standards of practice for optimal patient safety, quality outcomes, and customer service. Duties also include quality assurance audits of performance, development and implementation of quality improvement activities, training and mentoring of staff, feedback on staff performance, data analysis and reporting, and other responsibilities of a similar nature and level. The Chief Medical Laboratory Scientist is a highly competent Technologist in all sections assigned and has an active role in the performance of testing in their assigned areas; expected to spend the majority of time as a facilitator/coordinator and work in clinical practice as needed in order to maintain technical skills and fulfill workflow process needs. Assumes on-call responsibilities as assigned.


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  1. Promotes a positive work environment and leads the team to be dynamic and a focused work unit that actively helps one another to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members of the patient care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner. Role models to team members effective communication skills, assisting in their development of such skills. (EF)
  2. Effectively implements protocols and objectives with team members to result in optimization of staff performance, teamwork, patient safety, and customer service. Provides feedback to management on team member performance and conduct. Develops skills of team members and continually assists with improving skills, performance and outcomes. Interviews applicants and provides input into hiring of new staff. (EF)


  1. Coordinates the work flow, processes, staff assignments, and services provided for assigned laboratory sections, adjusting as needed, to result in optimum patient care, throughput and patient experiences. Ensures turnaround time expectations as defined by management are met by the section teams. (EF)
  2. Serves as liaison between team members, management and physicians, resolving routine matters for the shift and sections. (EF)


  1. Performs the six elements of competency for test systems used to generate patient test results in all areas assigned to work. (EF)
  2. Recognizes, investigates and correctly resolves test discrepancies. When problems arise, takes appropriate action to investigate and address and notifies management for follow-up. (EF)
  3. Compiles and reviews monthly quality control data, to include actions for variances identified, and provides proper documentation. Oversees section compliance by reviewing and responding to CAP Accreditation Checklists questions/findings. (EF)
  4. Develops plan, leads implementation, and performs data analysis of validations. Coordinates instrument maintenance and repairs. (EF)
  5. Independently handles resolution of complex problems and issues for section. Serves as escalation support for less experienced staff. (EF)
  6. Maintains a safe environment within the Laboratory, following all policies and procedures for safety, hazardous materials, security and emergency preparedness. (EF)


  1. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks. Provides leadership to staff on efficient utilization of time according to budgetary guidelines. Accurately reviews and edits team member's time cards for management approval. (EF)
  2. Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies. Actively participates in inventory management. (EF)


  1. Generates and communicates new ideas and suggestions that will improve quality or service. (EF)
  2. Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies for self and others with a focus on continual development. Gains and utilizes knowledge of new technologies that are emerging for laboratory. (EF)
This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.
    • Graduate of education program approved by the credentialing body for the required credential(s) indicated below
    • 4 years' experience in a clinical laboratory as a Medical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist or comparable role. May consider HM employee with at least 3 years' experience, of which a minimum of 1 year as a HM Medical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist or comparable role and who demonstrates leadership abilities.
  • Must have one of the following required certifications:
    • Preferred - Certified as a Medical Technologist, Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Medical Laboratory Scientist, or categorical certification by Board of Certification (ASCP)
    • Certified as a Medical Technologist by American Medical Technologists (AMT)
    • Certified as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist by National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCA)
    • Microbiology only - One of the following is required:
      • Medical Technologist, MT(ASCP) or Medical Laboratory Scientist, MLS(ASCP) certification
      • Microbiology, M(ASCP) certification
      • Clinical microbiology registry from American Society for Microbiology, RM(AAM)
    • Note

    : current HM Chief Medical Laboratory Scientists have 18 months from this job description revision date to acquire certification

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