Re: [Histonet] teaching histology newbee

From:Rene J Buesa

Hi Malcom:
Between 1991 and 1996 I taught 10 times a Histology Review course aimed at histotechs
that were going to take the state certification examination.
What I am going to do is to give you the general scope of the printed course and the number 
of pages dedicated to each subject:
1- Historical account with an overview of the types of techniques-----6 pp.
2- Laboratory mathematics (preparation of all types of solutions/dilutions)---16 pp.
3- Fixation/fixatives types/uses/advantages/disadvantages----11 pp.
4- Dehydrating/clearing agents -- 2pp.
5- Cutting and extremely difficult specimens to cut---18 pp.
6- Decalcification procedures ---4 pp.
7- Summary of electron microscopy---2 pp.
8- Principles of frozen sectioning, celloidin, carbowax and double embedding--- 3pp.
9- Staining of some special tissue components ---- 18 pp.
10- Use of the microwave oven in the histology lab./ oven calibrations --- 7 pp
11- Microscopy--- 5pp.
12- The fundamental importance of cellular surface in biology--- 5pp.
13- "DOS" and "DON'TS" in the histology laboratory--- 6pp.
14- Safety in the histology laboratory ---4 pp
15- Quality control ---5 pp
16- Fundaments of immunohistochemistry procedures --- 17 pp
17- Assorted information (some things I considered would help the students to know
     regarding the histology lab/procedures)--- 6 pp
18- Summary of other special procedures --- 6 pp.
This review was given during 8 hours (lunch break), earned the attendants 8 CEU and this text was the guideline to be
"seasoned" with 2-3 "carrousels" full of slides (specially photos of the IHC procedures and
photomicrographs of  all the "special stains" done at my lab).
Perhaps this will help you to "chery-pick" what you want to present at your course.
Rene J.

Malcolm McCallum  wrote:
I will be teaching an undergraduate histology this spring. For those of you who teach this, what fraction of the course do you devote to techniques versus anatomy? Do you include pathology, if so, how extensively? How extensively do you require them to understand the differences among stains, and how do you structure your laboratories? Anything else I should consider?

Malcolm L. McCallum
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Texas A&M University Texarkana
2600 Robison Rd.
Texarkana, TX 75501
O: 1-903-233-3134
H: 1-903-791-3843

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