Maria D. A. Earp
Dumfries, Va 22025
Highest grade held: GS-644-12
Military Service: yes
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
** ****** ****et N.W., Washington DC
Position: Lead Medical Technologist
Department: Pathology & Lab Services: Serology/ Immunology/ Hepatitis
Lead Medical Technologist (Supervisor) for the Serology/ Immunology/ Hepatitis. Direct and coordinates the routine operation of assigned areas to provide an efficient, timely and accurate service to the Medical Staff and patients of the Medical Center. Independently plans and carried out procedures necessary to complete the work accurately within established guidelines and time limit. Ensure the validity of the data and verify the results before is release in the CPRS. Reviewed patient’s clinical data from outside facilities such as, Baltimore, Martinsburg and DC to be sure that the appropriate test has been requested for our Hepatitis testing following the guidelines established by Dr. Robert Dufour previous Chief of Pathology and Lab Services. The unit runs more than 2000 patients per month only for Hepatitis. Actively participate in the implementation and evaluation of new instruments and methods in order to provide better and faster results for our veterans. Ability to analyze and perform complex analytical and statistical studies . Correlates and integrate the information in order to performed additional testing to confirm abnormal results. Test and develop Quality Control methods for validation of the test and monitor the system on a daily basis. Use individual judgment to solve any unexpected problems such as troubleshooting a instrument failure, shortage of staff, or recognition or interference of the test. Prepare any mandatory documentation or notify the Senior Supervisor if needed.
Through my medical career (private/government) I have written several procedures and manuals for different department and unit. Ensure that all procedures are current and available in the section for easy access for personnel and inspections.
Notified medical staff of any panic result or medical alert as required by state regulation. Provide effective and professional training to new medical technologist, medical technicians and pathology residents on theoretical and practical aspects of the unit. Previously, I have trained and assist military officers and enlisted on their research studies while working for the Department of Clinical Investigations in Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Prepare and present educational continuing education lectures to the staff. Educate the staff not only on the procedures of testing but also on issues surrounding the secondary use of health information and make them aware of their responsibilities regarding the release of patient information. Consistently communicates and treat customer in a courteous, tactful and respectful manner.
Handle conflict and problem with personnel constructively and appropriately.
Assist the Section Supervisor/ Chief Medical Technologist and or pathologist with administrative duties when directed to do so, and fills in for them when they are absent. Organize the work in response to heavy workloads or staff shortages. Maintain appropriate stock inventory to avoid emergency orders and insure the smooth operation of the unit. Keep track of the orders/invoice. Stay within the budget.
As a timekeeper for 12 employees, I prepare the tour of duty of each employee and submit the timecards on time. I also provide optimum care for all lab equipment and make independent judgment in dealing with technical problems. Keep a log book for preventive maintenance.
As a veteran and employee in this facility, I interact with individuals and groups with a wide variety of educational levels, socioeconomic background and divergent opinions. Consistently performed beyond my duty, receiving outstanding ratings (i.e., Quality Step Increase).
Prepare the unit for CAP inspections (College American of Pathologist) following the guidelines and requirements to be certified, JCAHO (Joint Commission of Hospitals) and DC Health Department. Conduct Proficiency test by the College of Pathologist (CAP surveys) to ensure that our methods and techniques are accurate and our performance is 100% compliance.
Microbiology Team: As part of the Microbiology Team, I give advice in the implementation of new equipment, new procedures and management changes that will improve or affect patient care. This includes expenditures of cost per test/ time/ personnel.
Total Quality Management Team: Member of the Total Quality Management Team for the Pathology and Lab Services in 1994 - 1996. Worked collaboratively with employees, administrative officer and the Director of the Lab in finding ways to improve the turnaround time in the clinical setting, improve the moral and reach for a more solid team effort with the lab personnel. Participated in different tasks force in order to resolve any conflict, submit a report with the recommendations or alternatives. Prepare and illustrate the data using graphic presentations (i.e. Spread Sheets, Excel).Take minutes of the meetings, write memos and agendas.
Hispanic Employment Program: Member of the Hispanic Employment Program since 1994 to the present. Acting as a Co-manager for the program in 2002-2004.Worked more closely with the EEO office in finding ways to hire and promote Hispanics in this medical center. Attend seminars, prepare and present clear reports during our EEO meetings, schedule the program for the year (budget, educational activities, cultural activities) require by the EEO office.
420 Rockville Pike
Position: Medical Technologist
Supervisor: Geri Sholtis 301-230-PLA1
Medical technologist for the Chemistry/ Immunology Department. Conducts quality Control procedures on equipment, reagents and maintain proper record. Enter accurate results and notified physicians of panic results and medical alerts. Prepare the unit for MOCK and CAP inspection. Conducts surveys for the College of Pathologist. Trained and assisted employees on their rotation.
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Georgia Ave, Washington DC
Supervisor: Col. Kenneth Burman
Grade: Sergeant E-5
As former member of the armed forces, I performed clinical and research work for the Department of Clinical Investigations, Transplant Organ, and Allergy / Immunology Unit. Coordinate the work with others as necessary and pursue developmental work independently in order to resolve conflicts. Responsible for data calculation for specific research projects. Assisted and trained service members on its studies.
Attend to seminars and presentations at National Institute of Health. Prepare reports and minutes of the presentations Prepare internal and external reports including budget allocation in order to justified new equipment. Write procedures, manuals and guidelines in new testing. Conduct research work and prepare the data for publication (scope, limitations, purpose of the study, literature review, methodology, etc).
1. Walden University, Bonita Springs, Florida
Post-Graduate Program in Health Services
2. Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
M.H.A Master Health Administration
3. University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
B.S. Biology/ Medical Technologist
4. Sacred Heart University, Puerto Rico
More than 80 hours Continuing Education, Infectious Disease Annual Review, Sexual Harassment, CLIA Regulations, Bioassay Health Physics Training, Customer Services Class, College of Pathologist standards and regulations, Safety Lab Protocols, Biohazard us materials, Violence Behavior at work, Joint Commission Accreditation of Hospital, Performance Model Interview. Training and approval on Human Subjects Research, Microsoft Excel, Spread sheets, Power Point, Word Perfect, DHCP and CPRS. Team Work Techniques, Malcolm-Bridge System and several management techniques.
Prepared proposals and dissertation according APA Manual (American Psychological Association).
Equipment: Beckman coulter, Helena, Sebia electrophoresis, Gene Xpert, Eci- Johnson& Johnson,Evolis,VIDAS, etc.
Licenses, Certificates and other Information:
Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Certificate of Achievement, Letters of Appreciation, Laboratorian of the year. Quality Step Increase for outstanding performance for the implementation of hepatitis testing for the VISN. Cash award for my outstanding performance.
Member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Phi Delta Kappa International, EEO Program (Co-Manager Hispanic committee) and the National Council of La Raza. Special Recognition by the Deputy Secretary of Human Resources of the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2002 and Mr. Sanford Garfunkel (Medical Director) for my services as EEO Hispanic Program Co-Manager.
I have several publications with my name as the technologist involved in the clinical studies during my military duty. Recently two other publications had been written by Dr. Robert Dufour in relation with Hepatitis C in which my name had been included; “Improved Specifity of Hepatitis C antibody Using a Commercial Chemilluminescence Immunoassay” and “Low Positive anti-Hepatitis C Virus Enzyme Immunoassay Results: An Important Predictor of Low Likelihood of Hepatitis C Infection.”
Speak and write fluently in Spanish and English. Serve as a translator for the hospital.
Volunteer for health fairs, Job fairs, and task forces that involved improving the delivery of care for the veterans.
Farzana Qureshy (Cell) 301-***-****