RE: [Histonet] Can you lose your skill?

From:"Weems, Joyce"

My advise is to look at this from a different angle. Sounds like you have agolden opportunity to expand your knowledge! First of all there might be internet courses available that will benefit youhistologically. Secondly, you can review cases - slides and report, gathertext books, and learn more histology/pathology than you would have anopportunity to do in a busier lab setting. I would become best friends withthe pathologist and get him to work with you too! Then I'd learn transcription. The more skills the better. Next I would check out the clinical side of the lab. If possible, I'd learnphlebotomy, and how to do some of the testing. It's good to know how it allfits together. Then, I would visit all of Europe that you possibly could in your off time.That experience will provide you with memories to last your life time. As far as losing your skills, it's just like riding a bicycle. They alwayscome back, even when they've not been used at all! Best wishes for your happiness! j:>) (who, by the way, is older than dirtand has been there/done some of that!) -----Original Message-----From:[]On Behalf Of Deltour,Douglas D.(HM2)Sent: Friday, April 09, 2004 5:53 AMTo: Histonet (E-mail)Subject: [Histonet] Can you lose your skill?Hello everyone, I have a kind of odd question for you. I would love to have all of theexperts and non-experts feedback. Let me start off by saying that I havebeen a Histotech since 2000 when I graduated from the school at AFIP. I wassent to a place that did 6000 cases a year. We also did special stains andautopsies. I was working there for two years when I transferred to a placethat did 18,000 cases a year. Specials, autopsies, and immuno's. Now I am ata place where I do 800 cases a year. Maybe 5 special stains a year and noautopsies. I am supposed to be here for three years but I am trying to fightit. I am telling everyone that I am losing my skills being here. The peoplethat control this place tell me otherwise. There is one pathologist hereright out of residency who will not confirm that my skills will erode. He isright out of residency and would not know. Anyway do you think that mycomplaint is a legitimate complaint. Can you lose your skills if not used?If you have not noticed already I am in the military, Navy that is. I justneed to confirm that a Histotech can lose their skill if not used. I wouldappreciate any feedback, advice. Thank you.HM2(FMF) Douglas D. Deltour Naval Hospital Sigonella Italy Anatomic Pathology, Histology Supervisor (HT)FROM US: 01139095564862 DSN: 624-4862 FAX FROM US: 01139095564680 DSN: 624-4680This document may contain information covered under the privacy Act, 5 USC552(a), and/or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (PL104-191) and its various implementing regulations and must be protected inaccordance with those provisions. Healthcare information is personal andsensitive and must be treated accordingly. If this correspondence containshealthcare information it is being provided to you after applying theappropriate security controls and authorization from the patient, or undercircumstances that don't require patient authorization. You, the recipient,are obligated to maintain it in a safe, secure and confidential manner.Redisclosure without additional patient consent or as permitted by law isprohibited. Unauthorized redisclosure or failure to maintain confidentialitysubjects you to application of appropriate sanction. If you have receivedthis correspondence in error, please notify the sender and the commandPrivacy Officer at at once and destroy any copiesyou have made._______________________________________________Histonet mailing listHistonet@lists.utsouthwestern.edu Notice ** The information contained in this message may be privileged and is confidential information intended for the use of the addressee listed above. If you are neither the intended recipient nor the employee or agent responsible for delivering this message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us immediately by replying to the message and deleting it from your computer.Thank you. Saint Josephs Health System, Inc.

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