RE: The future of Histotechs
I sectioned a bratwurst for a German Pathologist once - he never ate bratwurst
again. When my kids were younger, I provided their grammar schools with
sections of brains, tonsils, appendix - stuff they have heard of. They liked
it much better than looking at fly wings or human hair under the scope.
Later on I provided a high school biology class with a beautiful section of a
full term mouse embryo in utero that perfectly showed the placental and fetal
attachment of the umbilical cord, and an absorption site next to the intact
fetus. It was a beautiful slide. (I've also showed slides of hands and feet
from various weeks-old fetuses to demonstrate that it's more than a blob of
cells - but that's another soapbox). My kids grew up telling their friends
that their Mom worked in the 'parts department' of the hospital - their
friends were always fascinated if they were allowed a tour of the lab. I
agree we need to start educating kids to get interested in this field - it's
never going to go away even when we do. There will just be more and more
under-trained people attempting to do histology.
Jackie O'Connor HT(ASCP)
Global Pharmaceutical Research and Development
Abbott Park, IL
F. (Fka To: Don Skaggs ,
Subject: RE: The future of Histotechs
Another of my 2-cents....
ASCP actually took out a full-page ad in the Biology Teachers journal or
magazine recently, with information about the laboratory fields certified by
ASCP as a viable option for biology-minded people.
Also, there's nothing wrong with targeting even younger audiences -- get
involved with elementary, middle and high schools for career day participation
-- you don't have to be smooth, just excited about your jobs! NSH and ASCP
have materials that you can use as hand-outs, or take some slides to show
under a scope -- maybe a section of a hot dog or a a worm for the little ones!
All this talk is great! keep it up and get us into action!
Glenda Hoye, again
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