RE: [Histonet] Need an opinion

From:"Joe Nocito"

I've been grossing for four years and I'm still learning. I'm trying to get
accepted to take the PA exam this year. like Chuck said, most PA programs
are two years. I think the pass rate for OJT trained PAs is 11%. I have a
large mountain to climb even though I have 25 years experience in the field.
One month is not adequate enough. Hell, pathology residents get more
training than that.

Joe Nocito
Histology Manager
Pathology Reference Lab
San Antonio, TX

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Sent: Thursday, March 03, 2005 8:51 AM
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Need an opinion

Just for a comparison..... Pathologists' Assistants study two years to
complete their degree to be able to gross.  One week hardly seems
adequate.  Your Doc's must be glad that it is near to impossible to sue
military doctors for malpractice.  Poor patients.

Charles Embrey

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Sent: Thursday, March 03, 2005 5:54 AM
Subject: [Histonet] Need an opinion

  I had written last week in regards to the sudden work change of me
to learn how to gross. I'm going to go ahead and learn but I need an
opinion. I have 30 days to learn how to gross. Presently, the
pathologist is
training a cyto tech to gross. She got trained last week and this week
flying solo and she is very unsure of what she is doing and I have been
telling her what she has to do. She already lost 2 cxbx on a case. I
observed this same type of training with my military co-worker. Trained
week, flying solo the next and that particular pathologist isn't always
his office. So she would have to de-glove and pick up the phone and call
pathologist. If you were in my situation, tell me in your opinion what
days of training would entail because maybe I'm expecting too much. I
believe for those 30 days, the pathologist should be standing in the
background, watching, listening and observing, no matter how fast you
on to grossing and be there for any questions. I start training April
and would just like to know what the histo world would expect. Thanks in
advance for any opinions.

Heather A. Harper

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