Re: The future of Histotechs

From:Richard Cimini

I agree ! I worked in histology and we lost one f/t tech to be a stay home
mom, another to retirement and last to an  administrator's position.  I
spoke with our chief pathologist and we both feel it is a world wide
problem.  He knew someone in Europe and they were looking for histologist's.
I since left that hospital as well. That makes 4 F/T histologist in the last
5 years.  They are just about getting the work out with a  work load over
24,000 specimens a year . Historically labs started at 5:30 am and now it is
whenever you can work. Training is not even possible because there is no
time to train and with the restrictions from the state it makes it next to
impossible. How can we bring people into the field?  Something needs to be

----- Original Message -----
From: Johnson, Teri 
To: kevin williams ;

Sent: Monday, October 21, 2002 5:03 AM
Subject: RE: The future of Histotechs

> I'd have to say anecdotally, I agree with these figures.  I don't know if
it was just the population in just this one workshop, but at the NSH we
introduced ourselves and said how long we'd been in the field.  I'd guess
that the average was 15-25 years.  The novices had been in the field 1 or 3
or 5 years.  And there were only about 3 or 4 of them.
> I do know that in this city, once the elder techs decide to retire, we're
going to be in a pickle.  Interestingly, it seems to take a lot to get
histologists to retire. And once they do, after a time, they go back to
> Go figure.
> Teri Johnson
> Managing Director, Histology Core Facility
> Stowers Institute for Medical Research
> Kansas City, MO
> -----Original Message-----
> From: kevin williams []
> Sent: Sun 10/20/2002 8:48 AM
> To:
> Cc:
> Subject: The future of Histotechs
> At a one of the meetings at the ASCP in California there was an
> observation. I understand that in the next 5- 10 years between 50-70% of
> histologists are going to retire.
> Can anyone tell me if there is definative research and where to get my
> on it.
> Thanks in advance
> A. Kevin Williams
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