Re: HT Practical question

From:Cheryl Powell

It was my understanding when I was in school with Peggy Wenk that's it not required to gross and process the tissue yourself but you ensure your final product is what you need for the requirements.  I don't know how many gall bladders we salvaged before they were dumped before we found quality ones!  If you ask specifically, the PAs are pretty good at getting you what you need.  But I kinda liked grossing it ourselves, I really got a feel for how in depth a PA's training needs to be and I appreciate our PA and his knowledge when he teaches the PA students that rotate through our hospital.  I don't think beyond little bits, histotechs should be grossing even though I know it's gonna be on the registry in a few years.  We aren't taught enough pathology.  I can reconize and sample normal tissue fine but somethings I have no clue where I should begin to take sections!!  Good luck as you prepare!!

Cheryl Ann Powell B.S., HTL(ASCP)
Botsford General Hospital
Farmington Hills, MI USA
>From: rueggp
>To: Gayle Callis
>CC: Renee Hoyle-Thacker ,
>Subject: Re: HT Practical question
>Date: Fri, 02 Aug 2002 07:35:29 -0600
>Patsy Ruegg wrote:
>In general I agree with Gayle on this, but there are special circumstances when
>hard to find tissues may have to be procured from outside sources, this would
>apply forinstance to those working solely with animal tissue where that tissue
>may not meet the size requirements. Hopefully, others providing tissue will
>give large chuncks which the examee will still need to do the final dissection
>preparation on. In all circumstances of procuring tissue for the exam, one
>must be involved and take responsibility for fixation, processing, embedding,
>cutting and staining so that you can demonstrat your abilities in those areas.
>Gayle Callis wrote:
> > In my estimation, yes. They should sit in at grossing when this is done to
> > insure any size requirements are met and obtain optimal fixation. It never
> > hurts to learn how to cut in your own tissues. Hmmmm they might have to do
> > that someday. Processing with other tissues in the lab's scheduled run is
> > fine, but they must embed their own tissues. I also think this goes for
> > making up any staining solutions from scratch.
> >
> > This is all part of the learning experience and they are on their honor to
> > do all parts of the exam.
> >
> > At 09:06 AM 8/1/02 -0400, you wrote:
> > >For the HT practical I know that the blocks must be sectioned and stained
> > >by the examinee, but does that person also need to process the tissue
> > >and/or gross trim the tissue?
> > >
> > >
> > >Renee Hoyle-Thacker
> > >CIIT Centers for Health Research
> > >6 Davis Dr.
> > >Research Triangle Park NC 27709
> > >Voice: (919) 558-1322
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > Gayle Callis
> > Research Histopathology Supervisor
> > Veterinary Molecular Biology - Marsh Lab
> > Montana State University - Bozeman
> > 19th and Lincoln St
> > Bozeman MT 59717-3610
> >
> > 406 994-6367 (lab with voice mail)
> > 406 994-4303 (FAX)
> >
> > email:

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