Lead Medical Instrument Technician (Diagnostic Ultrasound)

Employer: 
Department of Veterans Affairs - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Location: 
Madison, WI
Medical Field: 
Echo/Vascular/Phlebology

The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, WI ( http://www.madison.va.gov/) is an 87-bed acute care facility which provides tertiary medical, surgical, neurological, and psychiatric care, and a full range of outpatient services. This facility serves 130,000 Veterans who live in 15 counties in south-central Wisconsin and in five counties in northwestern Illinois. The Madison VAMC is also the specialty care referral center for an additional 57,000 Veterans who reside in the Tomah VAMC primary service area, is affiliated with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and is physically connected to the University of Wisconsin Clinical Science Center which includes the UW Hospitals and Clinics, and supports a Vet Center in Madison.
Madison VAMC is responsible for community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) at Janesville, Baraboo, Beaver Dam, WI, and Rockford and Freeport, IL and a primary care annex at Madison West Clinic, and is one of seven facilities that comprise Veterans Integrated Services Network 12 (VISN12) which is administratively headquartered at Hines, IL, and includes facilities in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The Health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
• U.S. citizenship
• Must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VHA Handbook 5005, chapter 2, Part II, section D, paragraph 5a.
GRADE DETERMINATION FOR GS-9:
At least one full year of experience as a Medical Instrument Technician - (Diagnostic Ultrasound) equivalent to the next lower level (GS-8) which demonstrates the KSAOs related to the duties of the position. This would be specialized experience which demonstrates possession of the knowledge required in order to provide all aspects of diagnostic ultrasonography services. Examples of demonstrated and required knowledge, skills and abilities include: Ability to perform diagnostic ultrasound examination on multiple areas of the body, including, but not limited to, the abdomen, pelvis, transvaginal, chest, small parts, thyroid, breast, and scrotum; Ability to perform vascular studies such as vertebral, renal artery, aortic aneurysm, portal-systemic shunts, etc.; Ability to assist radiologists with biopsy procedures determining the location, depth, and required needle angle for the lesion to be sampled; and Ability to assist in surgical procedures and fluid aspirations.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: In addition can demonstrate the following KSAs:
KSA 1: Knowledge of the more complex examination and treatment procedures and techniques in order to provide training and supervision in these procedures, to evaluate and initiate performance improvement projects, and to write policies, procedures, and protocols that pertain to diagnostic ultrasonography.
KSA 2: Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.
KSA 3: Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels.
KSA 4: Ability to manage and supervise employees.
KSA 5: Ability to provide, or provide for, staff development and training.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE . If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.
To apply online:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/359803800

The duties of the Lead Medical Instrument Technician include:
• Perform cardiac ultrasound examinations to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of medical disorders including heart transplant, ventricular assist devices
• Use knowledge of the physics of velocity, frequency of sound waves, and their physical properties as well as knowledge of zoom, expansion, prospectus, color Doppler, and pulsed echo Doppler to ensure optimal imaging results and teaching staff
• Provide advanced training to physicians, fellows, residents, medical students, and ultrasound students so they may acquire an understanding of the principles of cardiac ultrasound and how it relates to other diagnostic exams
• Act as lead technician, training and guiding other cardiac technicians and well as directing the flow of work in the lab
• Review new developments in the field and recommending improvements to operational processes including research protocols
• Maintain adequate supplies so that examinations are not delayed due to lack of necessary equipment and supplies
• Assist the lab gain lab accreditation through the international accreditation commission (IAC) including starting and completing the application process

WORK SCHEDULE: Full-Time, Monday to Friday, Varied shift, mostly days.

 

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