RE: Med Tech's as Histologists????

From:"Bartlett, Jeanine"

I honestly don't think the issue is between the MT's and the HT's.  I think
we are all professional enough to know the skill and knowledge that is
required to do these jobs well and to know that neither can be learned well
in a few months.  The problem falls with the supervisors and pathologists
and others that manage that think they know what it takes to do a job that
they themselves know very little about.  If the supervisors were educated in
the field(s) they are supervising we wouldn't have this problem.

Jeanine Bartlett, HT(ASCP)
Centers for Disease Control
Infectious Disease Pathology Activity
1600 Clifton Rd., N.E.  MS-G32
Atlanta, GA  30333 

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Tuesday, July 09, 2002 6:55 PM
Subject: Re: Med Tech's as Histologists????

Okay, okay enough already. I am a practicing med tech who is also certified 
as a histotech and am now the AP manager. I am proud of both proffessions,
one spoke about desire to learn, ability to be motivated, or the fact that 
most indiviuals never find out what the other does or knows. All the 
chemistry i perform has an affect on the tissue and I get to see those 
effects.One does not exist without the other. I think we should be 
universally called biological or veterinary technologists. I have worked
both med techs and histotechs with no desire to learn and did minimal work 
and I have worked with highly motivated med techs and histotechs who have 
taught me a great deal. I am proud to be a member of the second community
welcome all those with a desire to learn and participate. 
                                      Dana Dittus MT/HT (ASCP) BS 
NCA(CLS)(and darn proud of it all)
                                            Anatomic Pathology Manager
                                           Abington Memorial Hospital

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