Re: [Histonet] Can you lose your skill?

From:"Linda Blazek"

I agree with everyone about spending your spare time learning new and
perfecting old skills and procedures.  I have been a histotech since
1973 with a seven year break.  When I returned to histology, within a
couple of weeks it was like I had never left.  I have spent the last 18
years learning every new skill I could find (including transcription). 
Today though, I am wondering if that was so smart as I am the only
person holding down the fort.  The transcriptionist is ill, one tech has
the day off and who knows why the other tech didn't show up today.  We
have had two frozens so far with another looming and several special
stains that need done.  I think I need roller skates today!  

Linda  Blazek, HT (ASCP)
Department of Pathology
Children's Medical Center
1 Children's Plaza
Dayton, Ohio  45404
(937) 641-3358
fax (937)641-5482

>>> "Deltour, Douglas D.(HM2)"  4/9/2004
5:52:51 AM >>>
Hello everyone,
I have a kind of odd question for you. I would love to have all of the
experts and non-experts feedback. Let me start off by saying that I
been a Histotech since 2000 when I graduated from the school at AFIP. I
sent to a place that did 6000 cases a year. We also did special stains
autopsies. I was working there for two years when I transferred to a
that did 18,000 cases a year. Specials, autopsies, and immuno's. Now I
am at
a place where I do 800 cases a year. Maybe 5 special stains a year and
autopsies. I am supposed to be here for three years but I am trying to
it. I am telling everyone that I am losing my skills being here. The
that control this place tell me otherwise. There is one pathologist
right out of residency who will not confirm that my skills will erode.
He is
right out of residency and would not know. Anyway do you think that my
complaint is a legitimate complaint. Can you lose your skills if not
If you have not noticed already I am in the military, Navy that is. I
need to confirm that a Histotech can lose their skill if not used. I
appreciate 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: 624-4680

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