Re: Fwd: Re: histotechs
|From:||Robert Wadley <email@example.com>|
Terminology differences are again clouding the debate.
A technician (at least when & where I went to school) requires no
formal education (apart from High School), in the lab they are at the
bottom of the heap, & generally speaking they don't train anybody who is
working or intending to work at a higher level, ie a scientist.
PhDs (Please take no personal offence) are usually considered (at
least in the 'real world' of pathology labs) to be lower than techs, all
brains & no idea. The situation is of course rather different in
'Institutions of Learning'.
I think other commentators have hit the nail on the head. A
professional is someone who belongs to a recognised professional
organisation & participates in ongoing training & education.
Both my Degree & Grad Dip required passes in practical sessions
(50% of each subject) at greater than 60%. Being a scientist is not just
all the theory, practicality in Medical Laboratory Science is
essential. Those students brilliant in theory but all thumbs at the bench
were usually quietly shuffled off to Masters, PhD's & careers away from
benches (even away from medical science)!
Training is an essential ingredient, not everything can be learnt
at the bench, you have to be able to step back & read a journal article or
speak with colleagues doing different things. But, somewhere you have to
draw a line, set a standard, sit an exam. Sooner or later you have to have
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