Re: Quality-right first time?

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Date sent:      	Fri, 10 Aug 2001 13:09:56 -0400 (EDT)
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> I have some background in veterinary pathology, but none in the day-to-day 
> practice of it. I would suppose that the stresses on histotechnologists 
> supporting veterinary pathologists would be somewhat different from those 
> affecting histotechnologists supporting surgical pathologists. Anybody have 
> experience in both these areas?

Bob (or doctor Richmond),  
Yes, I have experienced both clinical and veterinary environments. 
It is probably reasonable to generalize and say that surgical 
pathologists are under greater stress and ultimately this will pass 
down the line to the Histotechnologist (then probably the 
wife/husband/children, cats and dogs!). The stress will rise and fall 
depending on demands and also the relationship between 
Pathologists and Histologists.Let us not forget that pathologists 
too work in a peer system and I have seen some trainee Registrars 
pushing Histologists to the limit due to demands from above,(and 
this applies in both clinical and veterinary/research situations).
Fortunately the "them and us" scenario is encountered less and 
less and all parties will realize that for the sake of a good working 
environment and ultimately for the benefit of the patient (whether 
human or not) it is better to work as a team.
My philosophy has always been to understand as much as 
possible about your subject, this way the "gulf" between Histologist 
and Pathologist or the "them and us" situation should not arise.
One final point (if you haven't deleted already), I always believe in 
respect to those who have attained such a position as Pathologist 
and always address as doctor..........when appropriate. THE END!

Terry Hacker,
Head of Histopathology and Electron Microscopy
Medical Research Council,
Oxfordshire, OX11 O

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