RE: [Histonet] ASCP Exam.....Tangent

From:Luis Chiriboga

Hi Everyone
I would like to pass along a reference to an editorial piece written by
Kevin Roth, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Histochemistry and
Cytochemistry [V54(10) 1073-74 2006] entitled "A Beautiful Science".  I
think that most of us will agree with its message.


-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Rene J
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2007 12:32 PM
Subject: [Histonet] ASCP Exam

Hi fellow "histonetters":
  Although late into this thread I would like to add "my 2 cents" (or "3
cents" due to inflation as Joe Nocito once said to me):
  A certification, a credential, a diploma does not bestow competence or
ability, not only in histology, but in any profession.
  There are licensed physicians I would not let treat my cat, or attorneys
with full bar credentials that could lead you directly to the gallows.
  This does not mean that a HT should be technology ignorant and just with
great dextereity.There are HT that do beautiful histochemistry procedures
but do not have the slightiest idea of the chemistry involved, and this is
not only bad, but unacceptable.
  The HT, as well as any practicing member of any profession, should know
the science and technique behind the profession, but the practical ability
is not obtained by a test, as a matter of fact, tests and grades are usually
poor indicators of personal ability and ulterior success in each profession.
  A HT or HTL (ASCP) cerification is a wonderful salary bargaining "tool"
but does not guarantee quality of work. Quality of work is only obtained
through practice, by following standards of performance, with PI programs
and close supervision, "seasoned" with a decent salary and deserved
commendations and encouragement.

  While in New York the great violinist Isaak Stern was asked by somebody in
the street instructions of how to get to Carnegie Hall, and the violinist's
answer was: "Practice, practice, practice".
  René J.

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