Re: [Histonet] please advise: bor practical
thanks for information on the HT Practical. I did realize that there were other criteria involved in the grading, but most of my comments were on staining. Anyway, I thought about taking the HTL, but it seems most people I know only have an HT and are doing almost as well in the field.
Just wondering - Did you take the HTL exam and the rest of the people take
the HT exam? Since you have a BS?
The HTL exam IS harder than the HT exam - larger tissues sections, trickier
stains, often needing to cut thinner tissues, tissues that are more
difficult to obtain, etc.
I train both HT and HTL students, and can attest that the HTL exam is harder
to do than the HT exam.
Peggy A. Wenk, HTL(ASCP)SLS
Program Director, Schools of Histotechnology
William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI 48073
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gareth Davis"
To: ; "Histonet"
Sent: Monday, December 27, 2004 5:48 PM
Subject: Re: [Histonet] please advise: bor practical
> 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.
> --- Joanholtz@aol.com 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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