Re: [Histonet] please advise: bor practical

From:Gareth Davis

Hey Joan,
I'm in the exact same boat as you.  Our lab does all
work manual except the H&E stain.  There were seven of
us, from my lab, taking the test this fall. Out of the
seven I was the only one to fail.  (I am also sending
my slides in for review.)  I don't see how I could
have failed - based on the staining of three of my H&E
slides - when I used the same H&E machine my
co-workers used.  Not that a degree gives a person
more "talent", but I am the only one of the seven with
a B.S., and I wonder if that they scored me on a
higher scale - which would not seem fair.  I was told
that the evaluation process was anonymous, by a member
of NSH. 
I would also be interested in what happens with the
reevaluation process.

Good luck to you.

--- wrote:

> The hospital in which I work uses manual processes
> for all of our cutting and 
> special staining needs.  The only automation we use
> is the H&E.  I would 
> think this is the preferred way to learn hands on
> and was quite proud to learn 
> this way.  I was assured that after passing the
> written portion of the exam, 
> (which I did on my first attempt) that the practical
> should be no problem at all.  
> I have submitted my practical twice; this time I am
> eligible to submit my 
> slides for a reevaluation along with more money. 
> Before each submission my 
> slides were reviewed by at least two of our
> pathologists.  If 800 is the optimal 
> score I do not think it is reasonable to assume that
> my hospitals lab puts out 
> or accepts anything below a 300.  I would truly
> appreciate any and all help or 
> insights as I try and appeal my scores by Jan. 10th
> 2005. 
> Am I at a disadvantage without automation?  How
> should I select slides to be 
> reevaluated?  Is it possible to get a worse score? 
> Am I wasting my time?  Is 
> the evaluation process anonymous, do they know your
> background?  
> This is truly a very frustrating situation with a BS
> in Biology and three 
> years histology experience. I have invested a lot of
> time, energy and money into 
> getting where I am now and this arbitrary process is
> preventing me from going 
> any further.
> Thank you for any and all help,
> Joan
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