Jean V. Pollack
EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION / PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
1986: M.S. in Medical Biology, concentration in Microbiology. Long Island University, C.W. Post Center, Greenvale, NY.
1968: B.S. in Medical Technology, St. John's University, Jamaica NY.
Medical Technologist by American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Membership: American Society of Microbiology (ASM), Medical Mycology Society of New York (Secretary/Treasurer).
HIGHLIGHTS OF EXPERIENCE:
NYU Medical Center, New York, NY
1988-To present: Supervisory technologist in Mycology Laboratory.
• Supervises the daily operation of the Mycology laboratory.
• Performs complex identification tests on yeast and mold isolates from clinical specimens using conventional methods and commercial kits.
• Reports and interprets culture results to physicians. Transmits results using the SUN/Quest and Antrim computer systems.
• Participates in NYS and CAP mycology proficiency testing; 100% results.
• Responsible for Mycology Laboratory quality control program.
• Responsible for mycology quality assurance program. Instituted a policy change, which resulted in increased turn-around time for mycology reports.
• Monitors laboratory results by generating and reviewing computer reports.
• Updates Standard Operating Manual as needed. Co-wrote and co-edited entire manual in CAP format which resulted in continued accreditation by the CAP.
• Trains staff members; assists director in training medical students and residents.
• Maintains inventory; orders materials as required.
• Meets with distributors/vendors and evaluates new products.
• Knowledgeable in current mycological techniques; attends lectures and seminars and reads professional journals/newsletters.
• Proficient in taking and reading skin & nail scrapings for KOH examination and culture.
• American ParaProfessional Services:
• Secretary-Treasurer of the Medical Mycology Society of New York.
• 1987-1988: Examiner, responsible for arranging appointments, drawing blood and performing physical exams for clients seeking insurance coverage.
Mercy Hospital, Rockville Centre, NY:
1979-1988: Senior technologist.
• Performed routine and special tests in Microbiology Department.
• Chief technologist in charge of running test which resulted in identification of unusual yeasts and molds; 100% results Department of Health & CAP proficiencies.
• Assisted phlebotomy team during morning blood-drawing rounds; drew blood via veni-puncture and fingerstick.
1972-1979: Technologist. Rotated through Hematology, Serology and Immunohematology laboratories.
St. Vincent's Hospital, NY, NY:
1968-1972: Technologist, Performed routine blood bank duties, i.e. drew blood, took histories, typed and cross-matched blood.
Sept. 2000: Contributing writer for the Newsletter of the Medical Mycology Society of New York, which is published at NYU.
Espinal-Ingroff, A., L. Stockman, G. Roberts, D. Pincus, J. Pollack, and J. Marler.1998. _Comnarison of RaDID Yeast Plus system for identification of new and emerging yeast nathosens. J. Clinical Microbiolosv. 36:883-886.
SPECIAL SKILLS: Proficient in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Paradox, Quicken.
Stage Manager for community theatre, miniatures, guitar & banjo playing.
• Communicator; thrives on responsibility; high standards of performance even in stressful environments; enjoys challenges.
• Accustomed to improving operations, systems and controlling costs.
• Ability to recognize and resolve problems and to develop means to achieve goals.
REFERENCES: Available on request.