RE: ? about Histologist work

From:"Morken, Tim"

A research histologist is one who has to work at 110 percent to make up for
the deficiencies of the person who gives them tissue without ever taliking
to the histologist before hand to find out how best to treat and process
said tissue. don't feel bad - research is all about figuring out how to do
something no one has done before, and often things that logically can't be
done - often by researchers who have no clue how to do the work themselves.
And projects can take years - I have been working for 18 months on a project
and all we have done is figured out the best way to maintain and treat
tissue explants for best results - we have not really started the main work

Tim Morken

-----Original Message-----
Sent: 3/7/2003 3:45 PM
Subject: ? about Histologist work

Ok here goes;
What is the difference between a Histologist and a Research Histologist?
First I have been trained in histology including my AA Degree from a
recognized approved college, for the field of Histology.I am board
certified, ASCP since 1996.
I have in the past work in Histology at two local Hospitals.
With routine work, microtoming paraffin sections, also fresh frozen. All
tissue from Human Hospital surgeries.

I now have a job in research . I have been working here now for 3.5 yrs
. I
cut a lot of skin, brains,ear tissue, from different rodents also cut
brain sections and Hearts from Swine pigs and NHP. I also cut up to and
over 1,000 slides on a given protocol ( several rodents)
I also cut multiple sections of brain 8 slides on on block.
I have cut up to 10 slides on mouse ears. (serial sections).
I have even received awards for outstanding histology slides I have cut.
I also am involved with per fusions of rodents.
Now with this type of work I am I a research Histologist?
I work for many doctors here in research.
I have one doctor that is for some reason not happy all of a sudden with
the brains I cut for him. He feels he need to teach me to be a research
He even came and picked his blocks up , he tried to cut them and he
do any better then me.
But yet again he wants to teach me to be a research histologist.

I am I missing something here.
I have been in the field since 1996.
Does anyone know the difference on how I will microtome different being
research histologist?
Thank you
Sandi Miller HT


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