RE: [Histonet] MLT working histology?

From:"Whitaker, Bonnie"

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to chime in on this one.... 

I think that there are people with just about any background who will make
good histotechs, and people with just about any background who will make poor
histotechs.  It is very important for techs to understand the theory behind
the procedures that they are doing, and this can be accomplished in many
ways.  It generally will be better if someone has enough of a science
background to already understand some of the basic principles involved in
histotechnology, but there will always be the exceptional person (on both
sides of the curve).  

Rather than focusing on whether a person is an MLT, an MT, has a biology
degree, etc., it would probably be better to focus on what kind of drive that
person seems to have, and whether or not they are looking for a "job" or for
a "career", and make it clear that they are expected to obtain their registry
and undergo regular competency assessments that should do more than "pay
lipservice" to the regulations.  (Of course I'm speaking for clinical labs
that are CLIA and/or CAP.)

Bonnie Whitaker, MT(HEW), HT(ASCP)QIHC
Clinical Histology Manager
Ohio State University Medical Center
N308B Doan Hall
410 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH  43210

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Houston,
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2008 8:20 AM
To: Tom McNemar;;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] MLT working histology?

Why couldn't she? I have an MLT (taking her certification this year) and she
is far superior to many of the "old timers" who claim to be histotechs but
have absolutely no theoretical knowledge and are thus hopeless when it comes
to troubleshooting. This profession needs to take the bull by the horns and
change the outlook of histotechnology - it is a biomedical scientific
profession and the training and examinations should reflect this. It is
already lagging far behind MT's. The HT examination is a joke, and the QIHC
certification is not much better.

Now let the flaming begin!!!!!!!!!!!

Ronnie Houston, MS, HT(ASCP)QIHC, AIBMS
Anatomic Pathology Manager
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722 5465

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Tom McNemar
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2008 8:10 AM
Subject: RE: [Histonet] MLT working histology?

I've had 3 or 4 MLT's over the years.  They were trained to do every thing
the HT's do.  They were hired with the stipulation that they got their HT
certification as well as having their MLT certification but only because it
was a requirement for all of us.  They have worked out well.

Tom McNemar, HT(ASCP)
Histology Co-ordinator
Licking Memorial Health Systems
(740) 348-4163
(740) 348-4166

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Jennie Jenkins
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 1:51 PM
Subject: [Histonet] MLT working histology?

Can an MLT work in histology? She would be embedding, cutting, staining,

cover slipping, labeling, filing, requisitioning and setting up the gross. If
possible we could have her trained to gross in anything that would not
require "cutting", like GI biopsies.

Jennie Jenkins, PA(ASCP)
Southside Community Hospital
800 Oak Street
Farmville, Virginia 23901

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