MD Anderson Cancer Center Endoscopic Technologist - Pulmonary Laboratory in Houston, Texas

Position Title: Endoscopic Technologist

Department: Cardiopulmonary Center

Division: Internal Medicine

Reports to: Coordinator, Pulmonary Lab

The Endoscopic Technologist in the Pulmonary Laboratory performs the technical duties of diagnostic and therapeutic interventional procedures. These include: assisting physicians with flexible and rigid bronchoscopy, pleuroscopy, and endobronchial ultrasound procedures, cleaning instrumentation, and processing specimens.

Impacts the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary and pleural disorders.



Gather and Analyze Patient Information

• Collect, analyze and integrate patient information in order to identify and meet the patient-specific needs and to determine indications and intent of procedures in conjunction with the pulmonary physician.

• Communicates and interacts with other members of the special procedures team, including: clinical nurses, anesthesiologists, cytopathology technologists, clinical laboratory personnel, and research staff

Testing/Procedure Preparation

• Prepares equipment and calibrates equipment required for procedures to determine proper functioning and make adjustments if necessary. These include: flexible bronchoscopy systems, Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC), and fluoroscopy system.

• Prepares self-expandable and silicone airway stents for use.

• Applies electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards.

• Inputs relevant patient information into data management systems.

• Prepares and labels local anesthetic solutions, specimen preservation and transport solutions (formalin, RPMI, and ringer's).

• Prepares and labels cytopathology slides

Pulmonary Procedures

• Follow procedural protocols for diagnostic bronchoscopies, bronchoscopy with lavage, bronchoscopy with brushing, bronchoscopy with biopsy, bronchoscopy with transbronchial biopsy, bronchoscopy with fine needle aspiration, bronchoscopy with transbronchial needle aspiration, bronchoscopy with destruction of tumor, bronchoscopy with stent placement, bronchoscopy with airway dilation, bronchoscopy with endobronchial ultrasound (includes radial and linear ultrasound).

• Assures accuracy and completion of databases.

• Prepares cytology slides from needle aspirates.

• Collects biopsy and cytopathology specimen in appropriate transport media. Confirms, with physician, adequacy of collected specimens.

• Generates and completes forms to accompany specimens to laboratory, documents proper patient identifiers and pertinent clinical information for requested tests.

• Assist with patient mobilization, in and out of the procedure area.

• Cleans equipment and procedure, verifies integrity of equipment, documents and removes damaged equipment.

Service Management and Professional Issues

• Comply with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards regarding safety and infection control issues.

• Perform routine and complex equipment care and maintenance.

• Evaluate bronchoscopy related equipment and inventory.

• Maintain current CPR certification.

• Demonstrate effective written and spoken communication skills.

• Demonstrate appropriate social skills.

• Respond to study participant's procedural-related inquiries by providing appropriate information.

• Demonstrate the ability to analyze complex situations and apply policy.

• Adheres to institutional core values.


Other related duties as required.

Required: High school diploma or equivalent. Two years healthcare experience. Graduation from surgical technologist school may be substituted for required experience.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.