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Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Pathology
Clinical Cytogeneticist


The Department of Pathology at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine/VCU Health System (MCV Campus) is seeking a full-time Clinical Cytogeneticist to serve as Associate Director of the Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory. This growing cytogenetics laboratory offers diagnostic testing for a full spectrum of conventional and molecular cytogenetic services, including (but not limited to) referrals from oncology, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, and transplant programs.


Teaching


- Provide supervision, evaluation, and (when indicated) revision of the educational program for training pathology
residents/fellows in basic techniques and instructional information for the field of Cytogenetic Diagnostics.
- Provide training for the residents in other programs, graduate students, staff, and/or visiting scientists.
- Provide lectures to meet the basic science, clinical and research needs of graduate students (especially those in
Human Molecular Genetics), residents, fellows, and staff members.


Research
- Present papers at national meetings, publish in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, participate in appropriate
professional organizations, and seek extramural funding for research.


Clinical
- Act as Director of the Cytogenetics Lab in the absence of the Cytogenetics Laboratory Director or on a rotational
basis as agreed upon by the Director, Associate Director, and Division Head.
- Share with the Cytogenetics Director and the Molecular Director the daily testing review process (clinical service),
expending approximately 75% time and effort.
- Provide advice to the Directors and to the Managers of the Cytogenetics and Molecular Diagnostics Laboratories
in resolving technical difficulties with clinical testing procedures.
- Develop, validate and implement clinical testing and collaborate, when appropriate, with faculty and/or VCUHS
clinicians in the development of new tests.
- Clearly communicate diagnostic results/testing needs (orally and in writing) with clinicians/faculty members who
utilize the diagnostic testing services (primarily faculty from the departments of Pathology, Human Molecular
Genetics and Obstetrics/Gynecology), after consultation with the Directors and upon request of the Directors.
- Work with the Directors and personnel from Pathology and Human Molecular Genetics to identify optimal send-
out testing sites for genetics tests and to assess needs for the referral of testing to an outside source.
- Complete forms for national consortium groups (for example, the CALGB and COG) regarding the results of
diagnostic testing completed in the labs.


Qualifications
- MD and/or PhD. in a field of Medical Science and
- Board Certification (Eligibility) in Clinical Cytogentics Required
- Board Certification (Eligibility) in Molecular Genetics Preferred
- At least 2 years experience in:Knowledge regarding regulatory issues as they apply to the field of cytogenetics
and molecular diagnostics
Performing and interpreting cytogenetic and molecular testing
- Supervising Personnel and/or graduate students in cytogenetic/molecular genetic therapy and methodology
We are 600 physicians and 19 clinical departments providing services at various sites in Virginia, including VCU Medical Center the areas only Level 1 Trauma Center and the flagship hospital of VCUs entire medical enterprise. VCU Medical Center integrates hospitals, clinical care facilities, health sciences schools and medical research. Eight years ago, we completely reimagined our physician organization empowering our providers to be agents of change, embrace autonomy, and create a culture of camaraderie, engagement and accomplishment.