I am having a new situation starting to occur, where our company wants
to hire a high school student to help ship our slides and now they are
telling us she can gross our tissues also. We work in a medical device
testing company where we gross everything from muscles, to spines, to
all organs from mice, rats, rabbits, dogs, swine, sheep and guinea pigs.
These are not necessarily easy things to gross as we have to look for
test articles and implant sites (which may not be visible
macroscopically), and determine if there are any changes in the tissues.
I'm not sure we are qualified enough ourselves to be doing these things
let alone a high school senior. If anybody could send any information
on the qualifications needed for this type of work so that we could show
our managers, (which are not histotechs and have no histology
experience), that hiring a high school senior to do grossing is not a
good idea. We also will not have a pathologist on hand to help with
grossing of these tissues or for training. There are no set standards
for grossing as most of our special studies have different test articles
and different things they are looking for, so no two of these studies
are really ever the same.
Thank you in advance
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