RE: [Histonet] ASCP EXAM

From:"Yaskovich, Ruth A \(NIH/NIDCR\) [E]"

Why would you get an associates degree, take an exam, then apply for a
job you can't do? Just a question.
Ruth Yaskovich
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Dental and Crainiofacial Research
Neurobiology and Pain Therapeutics Branch

-----Original Message-----
From: Patti Loykasek [] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 12:38 PM
To: histonet
Subject: Re: [Histonet] ASCP EXAM

I was disappointed that the practical was discontinued, but I know there
were many logistical and other reasons for this. It has been our
for several years to administer a microtomy test to all registered
job applicants. At first, I was uncomfortable asking applicants to do
but thought it was a 'necessary evil'.  I have found all skill levels of
cutting, and that this does not necessarily relate to level of
certification, years of experience or resume. I have not asked anyone to
perform any stains, but I do ask questions relating to basic procedures.

Patti Loykasek BS, HTL, QIHC
PhenoPath Laboratories
Seattle, WA

> I couldn't agree more. I think that the practical is the more
> important part of the exam. The stuff on the written can always be
> looked up--but just knowing what is in a fixative etc. does not mean
> one can cut good sections or troubleshoot a stain. My boss--a busy
> Neuropathologist does not relish the idea of having to include
> cutting, staining as part of a hiring interview!!!
> LuAnn Anderson HT(ASCP)
> At 09:37 AM 1/31/2007, Cheri Miller wrote:
>> I cant believe they stopped the practicum part of the test. I just
took it
>> a few years back. I would never be the tech I am had I not had to
>> and cut hundreds of slides looking for that perfect one or that
>> stain, tissue etc.  Just my opinion, Cheri
>> Cheri MIller HT ASCP Histology Supervisor, Phys Laboratory. Omaha Ne
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From:
>> [] On Behalf Of
>> Jeanine (CDC/CCID/NCZVED)
>> Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 2:22 PM
>> To: Ra;
>> Subject: RE: [Histonet] ASCP EXAM
>> Are we discussing the HT or the HTL?
>>         -----Original Message-----
>>         From: on behalf of
>>         Sent: Tue 1/30/2007 3:09 PM
>>         To:
>>         Cc:
>>         Subject: Re: [Histonet] ASCP EXAM
>>         Funny how that test is so different every time...  I found
>> opposite to
>>         be true.  I had some questions on my cert. exam that were
word for
>> word out
>>         of the ASCP book.  I found the NSH series to be more of a
>>         Good luck to anyone taking the test!
>>         Rhonda B.
>>         On 1/29/07, MICHELLE SEAGLE  wrote:
>>> Don't waste your time or money on the ASCP practical exam
>> questions, what
>>> a waste.
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