Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiogram)
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The Medical Instrument Technician, Echocardiography, serves as a specialized technician with focused cardiac knowledge above full performance level in the Hospital and Specialty Care Division of the VA Portland Health Care System. The GS-8 MIT performs all duties related to the support of echocardiography services in the facility. The GS-8 MIT is required to perform a full range of complex cardiac ultrasound procedures including special procedures and complicated examinations for which there are no standard instructions or procedures. The incumbent independently performs diagnostic cardiac ultrasound examinations in both inpatient and outpatient settings throughout all areas of the Portland VA Medical Center. The GS-8 MIT is responsible for directing the technical work of MITs at lower GS levels and use specialized advanced knowledge and skills to ensure all ultrasound scans performed in the lab are technically acceptable based on established protocols and procedures. The GS-8 MIT responsibilities also include providing guidance in more complex situations, training to lower level staff and cardiology fellows, assistance in the interviewing process for lab positions, identifying lab educational and technical needs, providing technical evaluations and providing appropriate feedback to the supervisory level regarding performance and advancements.
The incumbent is responsible for insuring procedures are accomplished within the established time frames and are coordinated with the other sections of the hospital. The incumbent endeavors to balance efficient and effective patient care. The incumbent provides scheduling for both inpatients and outpatients and ensures that patients requiring emergent or critical procedures are triaged appropriately. The incumbent consults with the lead technicians regarding triage of emergent or critical procedures.
The incumbent performs specialized cardiac ultrasound examinations including but not limited to:
Agitated Saline Bubble Echocardiograms
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0649 Medical Instrument Technician
Health Technicians, All Other
Technicians, Health, All Other
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
* United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Expertise in cardiac imaging (including transthoracic echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, stress echocardiography, contrast imaging, and agitated saline bubble studies) strongly preferred.
Experience: At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-07) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled such as: ability to scan transthoracic echocardiograms in all views with colorflow and some Doppler. Ability to conduct cardiac testing to determine the severity and variety of cardiac problems, i.e., valvular dysfunction, myocardial wall kinesia, effusions, endocardial lesions, etc. Knowledge of the set-up for transesophageal echocardiograms. Ability to set up and adjust the ultrasound equipment to meet the conditions of the examination and the patient and to operate the equipment for more complex, but standardized procedures.
In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Ability to produce diagnostic quality images and Doppler frequency shift recordings using M-mode, two-dimensional, pulsed and continuous wave Doppler spectral display, and colorflow Doppler imaging.
Knowledge of normal echocardiographic findings and deviations produced by a wide variety of cardiovascular diseases.
Ability to perform complex procedures such as cardiac studies of the four chambers of the heart and valves using sector scanning techniques to detect stenotic and incompetent valves, chamber enlargement, and pericardial effusion and cardiovascular studies deriving pressure gradients across obstructed valves, etc.
Ability to perform complementary ultrasonic examinations (including noninvasive) transthoracic, Bubble studies and contrast echocardiography, (invasive) stress echocardiography, and transesophageal echocardiography.
Ability to adapt transducer positioning, instrument controls, and examination techniques to the individual patient being studied and the problem being evaluated including recognizing pertinent abnormalities and documenting abnormal findings.
VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G27
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08.
Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (4-8 hours); Standing (4-8 hours); Repeated bending (up to 2 hour); Emotional and mental stability
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Open & closing dates:
08/09/2018 to 08/23/2018
Pay scale & grade:
$63,531 to $82,597 per year