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University of Rochester Medical Education Lab Technician - 219034 in Rochester, New York

Medical Education Lab Technician

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School of Medicine & Dentistry

Full/Part Time


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Full Time 40 hours Grade 077 Institute for Innovative Educ


Position Summary:

As a Medical Education Laboratory Technician you help ensure high quality instructional and assessment programs at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). You support faculty, medical students, residents, and other health care professionals.

Working with your colleagues in the Institute for Innovative Education (IIE), you provide administrative and clinical support for growing, robust clinical skills and simulation programs. You assist with event set-up and take-down. The team counts on you to be sure that the right room is set up at the right time with the right materials. The materials vary, depending on the class, but may include animal or human tissues, organs, or cadavers.


  • Assists students and faculty (1:1 sessions, group sessions, simulations, class assistance) with the preparation, set-up and implementation of skills sets demonstrations, evaluations, and practice. Most labs are part of the curriculum in the School of Medicine & Dentistry and may require set-up and clean-up of lab supplies and specimens, microbiology supplies, human or animal tissues, or human cadavers.

  • Works with faculty, course directors and course coordinators to understand the specific needs and objectives of each course or skills lab.

  • Orders and sets-up required lab tools, equipment and materials, ensuring that both labs, and students, are sufficiently prepared. Creates models from animal organs for learner simulation event, per instructor specifications. In addition to support for undergraduate medical education, the lab tech regularly supports casting, suture and cadaver skills labs for residents, fellows, physicians and other healthcare providers.

  • Schedules and sets-up special vendor-supported labs as needed, and assists with any needed supplies. Schedules students for additional lab practice during non-class hours. Ensures labs have the appropriate supplies.

  • Coordinates and distributes medical student diagnostic equipment, bone boxes, and other necessary supplies. Tracks and records equipment distribution for future collection.

  • Works with course coordinators, faculty, other health care professionals, and your IIE colleagues to ensure the availability of appropriate space and support services needed for successful labs and programs.

  • Assists with coordination of labs and other programs by answering telephone and email inquiries. Ensures that the lab and program information is the most current and up-to-date.

  • Manages the inventory of materials, parts, supplies, and equipment.

  • Maintains stock of cultures, consumables, equipment, and other teaching materials, for labs, clinical workshops, and other IIE programming. . This includes, but is not limited to, animal and human tissues, microscope slides, texts, charts, and models.

  • Maintains a supply database, and generates various reports, as needed.

  • Purchases, organizes, and stores necessary equipment, supplies, etc. for annual courses, as well as special labs and events.

  • Stocks vendor deliveries in supply room and checks that deliveries conform to purchase orders with respect to quality and quantity.

  • Maintains and orders appropriate levels of supplies, linens, and gowns in problem-based learning (PBL) rooms and for standardized patient (SP) activities.

  • Inspects equipment, structures, and materials to identify problems or defects. Initiates corrective action, as needed.

  • Maintains records showing the location and inventory of medical school plastinated specimens.

  • Works with IIE finance team to develop course fees and monitor lab budget.

  • Tracks supply orders in an Excel worksheet.

  • Uses Event Management Software (EMS) to create and distribute invoices for vendors and customers.

  • Balances monthly financial statements against Excel worksheets.

  • Follows up with customers, as needed, to ensure prompt and full payment of invoices.

  • Works with finance team to resolve payment or other finance problems, as necessary.

  • Ensures compliance with OSHA and University of Rochester safety and regulatory standards.

  • Follows all requirements for disposal of medical waste, including sharps, fluids, and tissues. Ensures co-workers are aware of requirements.

  • Maintains safe, clean, well-organized working environment, which includes refrigerators, freezers, and supply rooms. As needed, engage other URMC departments (Environmental Services/Housekeeping, for example) to help with bigger cleaning, maintenance, or repair needs.

  • Flushes all lab eye wash stations on a weekly basis and maintain corresponding records, as required by law.

  • Cross-trains with, and supports, simulation, standardized patient, and other departmental staff and programs, as necessary.

  • Assists with simulation set-ups and take-downs, including transporting and setting up mannequins, computing equipment and supplies.

  • Assists with running B-Line, a system used to simultaneously capture, and track multiple simulation scenarios, including medical school assessments.


Associate's degree in appropriate discipline plus 2-3 years specialized experience in related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of medical terminology and human anatomy.

This position requires a motivated, independent worker with strong organizational skills with the ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously. Working knowledge of computer hardware and software applications including MS Office, Event Management Software (EMS), and ADInstruments (software product for engaging students with self-guided, interactive exercises) is preferred. Strong oral and written communication skills required. Must understand and be able to apply basic mathematical functions to prepare laboratory solutions.

Must be able to resolve conflicts and negotiate with others; handle criticisms and resolve conflicts tactfully. Establish and maintain interpersonal relationships. strong follow-through and follow-up skills.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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