Re: [Histonet] Paying the high ASCP fees each year

From:"Joe Nocito"

well said, but starting this year, whoever passes the registry has to renew 
their registry every three years or their certification expires. This is 
another thorn in my side.
    Yes, everyone should have continuing education, that's a fact, but to 
have people renew their certification every three years is just another 
avenue for the ASCP to collect money. Gee, they are sounding more and more 
like the IRS.

Histology Manager
Pathology Reference Lab
San Antonio, TX
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Tarango" 
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2005 4:56 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Paying the high ASCP fees each year

> Why pay ASCP to bully me around?  I pay NSH, and CSH(California) every 
> year because its worth it, and they don't try and force you into it.  I 
> like reading the JOH, that alone makes the NSH dues worthwhile.  ASCP, I 
> won't pay.  They're not even friendly on the phone.  Why can't the NSH 
> just start certifying people?
> Mark Tarango
>>Message: 23
>>Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2005 09:52:14 -0700
>>From: "Patsy Ruegg" 
>>Subject: [Histonet] participation
>>To: "'Mark Tarango'" ,
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>>I must chime in here a bit.  Those who do not participate in the their
>>professional organizations (ASCP, NSH, state societies, etc.) are missing
>>out on resources that they of course don't know anything about because 
>>are not engaged. Even when you do pay ASCP dues each year the benefits are
>>not always transparent.  ASCP is the Certifying agency for our profession,
>>without them none of us would have documentation that we are
>>"professionals".  I know that there are plenty of people out there who may
>>have been working in the field for a long time and can perform the 
>>tasks, but the fact that they have not gotten certified says something 
>>them that frankly would not impress me as a perspective employer.  With a
>>few exceptions (ie Jackie O, who is certified I know) I would be willing 
>>bet that these non-certified, non-engaged people do not read the Journals 
>>attend classes in their field, which again would not impress me as their
>>It is our job to educate the administrators.  They often have no idea that
>>non-certified people are working for them or even that certification is
>>available in some cases.  NSH has been working for many years to try and 
>>CAP to require certified Histotech's be working in the histo lab, we even
>>asked that they at least require supervisors be certified.  CAP still has 
>>such requirements.  It can be a long tuff battle, but we are making
>>progress.  ASCP, NSH, CAP and State Histology Societies, to mention a few,
>>are our professional bargaining agencies.  Through them we will make the
>>changes in the field we want to see.  Without these agencies we are just
>>individuals whining about issues we are doing nothing to affect.
>>Best regards,
>>Patsy Ruegg
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