[Histonet] Histology schools; Techniques course suggestions
Dr. Amy Aulthouse directs a Histotechniques course at Ohio Northern
University in Ada, Ohio. I think she teaches it occasionally and has a
limited number of students participating. "BIOL 343 Histological
Techniques - Principles and procedures used in the preparation of
biological specimens for microscopic study. Students learn both routine
stains (H&E) and special histochemical techniques."
We (University of Central Oklahoma) have a Microtechniques course where
the students learn how to fix, section and stain paraffin sections. I also
train one or two students a semester doing independent research using
these techniques as well as IHC. I haven't yet taught the Microtech course
because I am teaching most of the biomedical courses in the department. It
sounds like I need to make a case for teaching the course next semester.
The course is only capable of carrying 10 students, so it is comparable to
other such classes. I don't think a lot of people realize there is a
problem finding histotechs.
I am currently in the process of updating the course material. I plan to
include immunohistochemistry and metaphase spreads/chromosome staining
into the curriculum. This discussion group is full of many professionals
in the field, and I would welcome any suggestions as to what other kinds
of techniques might be useful to train students so they would be
competitive for a histologist position.
Melville B. Vaughan, Ph. D.
Department of Biology
University of Central Oklahoma
Edmond, OK 73034
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