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Question 1 of 16
What do you know about our facility?
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Apologies. I do not know anything about your facility.
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Medtox is a specialized laboratory recently acquired by labcorp that deals mostly in drug testing but also performs many other clinical testing services. That includes cytology services. Medtox also produces on-site collection devices. Headquartered in St. Paul and provides services nationwide.
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Question 2 of 16
What personal characteristics do you think add to your overall effectiveness?
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Broad range of interest, ambition, attention to detail, organization and communication skills.
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Patient, highly motivated, team-player, not easily bored, high energy, and passionate about cytology.
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Love people, love working in a team, I get great satisfaction from helping people.
Question 3 of 16
Are you a good problem solver?
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Absolutely. I analyze the problem, taking time to examine different ways to come to a solution. I like finding answers and developing procedures for better ways to accomplish work.
Question 4 of 16
Are you a good decision maker?
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Not all the time in my personal choices, but at work I believe I make good decisions.
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Yes, prepared and organized and forward thinking.
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Yes ,I was working alone and for that time my manager and other clinicians were happy with my work.
Question 5 of 16
What kind of training have you gone through?
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Obtained a BS in biology and physical sciences. Completed 1 yr certificate program in cytotechnology and obtained BOR certificate. Later obtained specialist certificate in cytotechnology and a Masters in health care administration.
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Thrinprep, surepath, live clinical, adequacy FNA, diadactic for Non and GYN, All body sites, screening competencies, lab prep, imager... Hisology, virology and TSR rotations.
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Compulsory induction program, Thin prep training.
Question 6 of 16
What made you choose to become a Cytotechnologist?
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Microscopic work appeals to me. The work is challenging. I am able to work independently. Attention to detail is paramount in this field. I find it a good fit for myself.
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Direct impact, love for lab environment.
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Passion, excited about dealing with small unit "a cell "
Question 7 of 16
Do you work well under pressure?
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I can get a lot done under pressure, but prefer not to. I prefer having time to analyze and work through problems rather than make quick decisions.
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Yep even though it is straining I have worked in a cyto lab for almost 3 years alone.
Question 8 of 16
Describe the project or situation which best demonstrates your analytical abilities. What was your role?
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Implementing computer upgrades. I am able to adapt computer usage to suit the particular needs of cytology and anatomic pathology.
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When I was in a situation where by no one knew where the instrument I had in office was bought from the name written on the machine no record was found I had to turn the office upside down until I can get leading information and I called that company to train me from that day I've saved the company for out sourcing work that I can do.
Question 9 of 16
Tell us about your experience in past jobs that required you to be especially alert to details while doing the task involved.
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Not applicable. I have been a cytotechnologist forever, it seems. The only other experience I can really draw on is as a student. I took course work seriously, delving deeply into textbooks. I wanted to learn as much about the subjects as possible.
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Flow cytometry of a vast number of samples. 300+. Only had enough material to perform test one time because it was a clinical trial sample from a patient that showed immune response to DNA vaccine we developed. Trial was done and patient samples were dwindling. Any small mistake could scrap the experiment, skew the results and ruin years of work.
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It is very important to pay attention to details especially in this field. Maybe we screen so many slides a day. But those are not just slides each one of them is a different patient and different diagnosis. It is very critical to pay attention to details not to confuse a case with another case or a normal/reactive/ with an abnormal.
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I got much experience as I was working alone, being accurate help me a lot to avoid corrections so I have learned to save time.
Question 10 of 16
What skills do you think are most critical to this job?
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Attention to detail, organization, responsibility.
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Very observant, always check finer details they can help in diagnosis focus.
Question 11 of 16
How did you first learn about a career in cytotechnology?
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College, genetics program contact. Came back to it later.
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From a great lecture of cytology that when I fell in love with it.
Question 12 of 16
In a current job task, what steps do you go through to ensure your decisions are correct/effective?
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Adhere to SOP for quality checks and reading slides, apply knowledge, follow up by checking results.
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Organize, prepare, utilize knowledge of superiors, start slow and increase to comfortable, effective and accurate speed, review and reinterpret results.
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Always I do research communicate with people who are experts.
Question 13 of 16
What was the most difficult period in your life, and how did you deal with it?
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Dealing with depression. Sought professional help.
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Second semester senior year until end of application process for cytotechnology. Stayed calm, focused on my goals and sought advice from those who had been in the situation before.
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Being in a higher position by circumstances not qualifications, I had to call my ex Supervisor and ask questions I had to learn quickly reading a lot was my escape.
Question 14 of 16
Tell me about a time when you made a mistake while diagnosing a slide.
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I find body fluids difficult. I overcalled reactive mesothelials as cancer, thinking a robotic procedure had sliced through the uterus and introduced cancer cells into the pelvic wash obtained at surgery.
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Sus. For SCC. Missed one small keratinized cell on a set of two secretion slides. Beginning of clinical semester. Spoke with staff cytotech and pathologist to get advice on screening secretions.
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Made mistakes of diagnosing a malignant case for a reactive but it was picked up by a senior. That why I prefer 100%rapid review but it was learning curve.
Question 15 of 16
How do you get along with other techs? Do you enjoy working with other people?
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I feel as though my communication skills are excellent and I do very well in a group environment. I feel as though I am effective leader when needed and also an effective follower when needed.
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Yes cytology is a field of discussion so you work effective through good communication.
Question 16 of 16
When you see a slide where you are unsure of what the problem is, how do you collaborate with your other techs in solving and properly diagnosing the slide?
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I ask another tech to view the slide and offer their opinion. I also go to reference texts for answers.
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Ask them to give a suggestion on dots made before telling them diagnosis. Tell them my thoughts and then here from them theirs. I use criteria to come up with the correct diagnosis.
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I'l prefer to screen it first diagnose what I think first give it to the second Tech and reason our differences check the text book and lastly take it to senior Tech.

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