Re: [Histonet] please advise: bor practical


See my other email for more details.

Just wanted to comment - 800 is not "the optimal score".

400 is the minimum pass score established by the ASCP Board of Registry
Histology Exam committee, made up of histotechs and pathologists (both human
and veterinary techs and doctors).

The range printed out on the computer scores is 100-999, though in theory
the scores can go lower than 100 and higher than 999. But the computer can
only print out 3 digit numbers, and cannot print out lower than 100. Very
few people get up in the 900's.

In the January - June 2004 exams, the following is the ranges of the
practical exams:
HT     = 189 - 889
HTL   = 328 - 712
>From the ASCP BOR Newsletter, Fall 2004

Peggy A. Wenk, HTL(ASCP)SLS
Program Directors, Schools of Histotechnology
William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI 48073

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, December 27, 2004 4:49 PM
Subject: [Histonet] please advise: bor practical

> The hospital in which I work uses manual processes for all of our cutting
> 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
> this way.  I was assured that after passing the written portion of the
> (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
> slides were reviewed by at least two of our pathologists.  If 800 is the
> score I do not think it is reasonable to assume that my hospitals lab puts
> 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
> reevaluated?  Is it possible to get a worse score?  Am I wasting my time?
> 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
> any further.
> Thank you for any and all help,
> Joan
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