RE: [Histonet] Can you lose your skill?

From:"Weems, Joyce"

I bet its a man thing...sorry couldn't help it...Happy Spring to all! j:>)-----Original Message-----From:[]On Behalf Of JoeNocitoSent: Friday, April 09, 2004 1:49 PMTo: Barry R Rittman; histonet@lists.utsouthwestern.eduSubject: Re: [Histonet] Can you lose your skill?DougI left Wilford Hall USAF medical center in 1986 to go to AFIP, only toreturn back to Wilford Hall. During the time at AFIP, I did not see amicrotome for 5 years. Although I gained a wealth of training and experiencein immunos, when I returned back to a hospital setting, I had to learn howto cut again. I almost ripped up my ASCP certificate.    I have experienced a loss of technique myself, so I do believe you canloose your skills. Been there, done that.  Good luck with fighting USN, Ifought the USAF not to go to AFIP, but, we all know how that ended up.Good luckJoe Nocito BS, HT (ASCP) QIHCHistology ManagerPathology Reference LabSan Antonio, Texas----- Original Message ----- From: "Barry R Rittman" To: Sent: Friday, April 09, 2004 5:13 AMSubject: RE: [Histonet] Can you lose your skill?DouglasAlthough I do not have all the details, I do not believe that you areapproaching this from the right direction.If you are only doing 800 cases a year what is occupying the rest ofyour time there?If you have "time on your hands" then the solution is up to you. It isnot only "hands on" but also researching the literature and takingcourses that will not only maintain but improve your skills. Is itpossible for you to start a small project that allows you to explore newmethods for demonstrating topics that you are interested in?Are you able to take courses?I was in a similar situation in England and loved it as I was able toexpand my knowledge beyond the work for which I was responsible. Thiswas not only a stimulating experience but also improved my perspectiveand appreciation for the routine work I had to carry out.If you have the time and facilities,  I would take this as a goldenopportunity to not only maintain your skills but also broaden yourhorizons.Barry-----Original Message-----From:[] On Behalf Of Deltour,Douglas D.(HM2)Sent: Friday, April 09, 2004 4:53 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. Iwas sent to a place that did 6000 cases a year. We also did specialstains and autopsies. I was working there for two years when Itransferred to a place that did 18,000 cases a year. Specials,autopsies, and immuno's. Now I am at a place where I do 800 cases ayear. Maybe 5 special stains a year and no autopsies. I am supposed tobe here for three years but I am trying to fight it. I am tellingeveryone that I am losing my skills being here. The people that controlthis place tell me otherwise. There is one pathologist here right out ofresidency who will not confirm that my skills will erode. He is rightout of residency and would not know. Anyway do you think that mycomplaint is a legitimate complaint. Can you lose your skills if notused? If you have not noticed already I am in the military, Navy thatis. I just need to confirm that a Histotech can lose their skill if notused. I would appreciate any feedback, advice. Thank you.HM2(FMF) Douglas D. 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