RE: on-call histotologists -Reply

From:"LaFriniere, Mike" <>


I take call whenever I am in town usually 3 times a month on weekends, this
is mainly for autopsies, our weekend staff takes care of anything urgent. I
require one histology assistant(support tech) to also be on call for
autopsies. However, we do have two histologists that work weekends
routinely, if there is an autopsy one of the histologists also assist, so we
can get done quickly. Also, I require one Cytotech to take weekend call for
urgent cytology situations. Our rate of pay is $2.00 per hour on call for
all staff, should the staff have to come in, they are paid overtime due to
the fact they have already worked their 40 hour work week. We offer a beeper
for on call techs. I personally do not get paid for on call because I am on
call 24 hours a day 7 days a week when I am in town, this is included in my
PA salary from the Pathologists. I do not charge the hospital any on call
pay, as manager of the Pathology Department.

Hope this helps,

Michael LaFriniere, PA, HT(ASCP)
Pathology Department Manager 
Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga TN

-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Henwood []
Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2001 5:21 PM
Subject: on-call histotologists -Reply


Yes, we are on call once every three weeks. We carry a beeper as well
as leave our home and mobile numbers with switch. Apart from urgent
frozens and special biopsy treatments, our processing machines and
-70oC freezer are also on-line to the beeper.

The payments are interesting, Technical officers receive nearly three
times the rate per day as science officers (SOs about $7/day)

Tony Henwood JP, BappSc, GradDipSysAnalys, CT(ASC)
Laboratory Manager
The Children's Hospital at  Westmead,
Locked Bag 4001, Westmead, 2145, AUSTRALIA.
Tel: (02) 9845 3306
Fax: (02) 9845 3318
>>> "Bliss, Mary E" <> 15/March/2001 04:33am
Does anyone have on-call histologists?  If so, what are your guidelines &
salary for being on-call?  Do you carry beepers or phones?
This subject rears its ugly head every now and then, so we are just
wondering what the rest of the world is doing...
Thanks in advance-
Mary E. Bliss, Histologist
St. Joseph Hospital
Bellingham, Wa. 98225 <> 

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