Joe Humble. RE: Med Tech's as Histologists????
Ah yes, the DAILY humbling experience! That's why even we veteran histotechs
are such a humble lot!
From: Barry Rittman [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, July 09, 2002 12:03 PM
Subject: Re: Med Tech's as Histologists????
I think that the broader the experiences that you have in the health
I personally prefer the original european system where individuals train as
with a portion of this training in histopathological technic. If they prefer
they can later specialize in histopathology. This seems to be a sensitive
in the States where more MLTs are being asked to act as supervisors of
histopathology laboratories. I believe that in order to effectively
histopathology laboratory you have to have trained as a histotech and be
do the job of any of the people that you are supervising.
The problem that we see is often a result of differential training of
histotechs. While I agree that on the job training is valuable, it often
in tunnel vision with large gaps in basic knowledge.
It is also true that most people can be taught how to use a microtome.
is do you want someone who cuts, mounts and stains sections in a robotic
In my experience it takes about 6 months before an individual can cut good
sections and around a year for hard tissues. Most residents are amazed at
easy sections are to cut when we set up a microtome and an easy block of
for them, however its a different matter when they have to start from
and any problems arise. Can be a very humbling experience.
One last point is that with the current shortage of histotechs and no bright
light on the horizon for a big increase in numbers available, it is time
employers to make the jobs much more attractive - better salaries, financial
support for attending meetings to improve knowledge and a scheduled training
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