RE: [Histonet] ASCP HT maintenance fees

From:"Burnette, Phyllis"

Sorry RC, Now who's being biased and where is the fairness?  You imply
older histotechs do not study hard and receive a salary that they may or
may not be entitled to??  I go to college and take night classes to keep
from being sterotyped this way. I also have staff that I would stand up
for hands down (certified or non-certified) vs someone that just got out
of school, has a lot of textbook knowledge, and is certified. The
heathcare industry regarding Histology is just now becoming acutely
aware of the impact the new changes have made.  We as Histotechs need to
stand together and support one another (certified or
non-certified)through this difficult and stressful time in the
workplace.  Thanks Phyllis  

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of R C
Sent: Monday, November 03, 2008 6:29 PM
To: Podawiltz, Thomas
Subject: Re: [Histonet] ASCP HT maintenance fees

 Thanks for the many replies however my objective hasn't=20been addressed.

For the supervisors; My point is not to mislead and claim ASCP
certification without having it. My question is to assist in
rationalizing cost.
Disregarding a credible applicant who doesn't see the financial
investment towards ASCP shouldn't be interpreted as not being serious
about a field.
That ideology promotes "pay to play." It's a direct question towards
ASCP membership feedback and prejudice (pre-2004 certification).
As far as seriousness of the field, revert to my original objective of
understanding what my dues fund, what do I as a tech directly receive in
return, and why are older tech's exempt?

The truth is many techs employed in clinical labs who do not have
certification receive comparable salaries to those histotechs who study
hard, pass the HT exam, and pay ASCP dues. Where is the justification in
that? How does JACHO feel about that?

I pose a credible question of fairness and return investment. Cash is
king now and where I spend it is ever important.

On Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 12:06 PM, Podawiltz, Thomas

> If you were certified in 2004 or after you need to=20turn in 36 credit 
> hours of continuing education in order to maintain your certification.

> You do not need to be a member of ASCP to be certified, however you do

> get some free CE hours with your membership. My certification was in 
> 85, so yes, I am one of the old farts that is exempt. However, I have 
> stayed current with my education. even in the years that I did not
practice Histology.
> As a supervisor, I would not look at a resume that=20had an expired 
> certification. Right or wrong I would assume that, the=20applicant did 
> not take this field seriously enough by letting their certification
> Tom Podawiltz, HT (ASCP)
> Histology Section Head/Laboratory Safety Officer LRGHealthcare
> 603-524-3211 ext: 3220
> ________________________________________
> From: [ 
>] On Behalf Of Kimberly 
> Tuttle []
> Sent: Monday, November 03, 2008 2:08 PM
> To: R C;
> Subject: Re: [Histonet] ASCP HT maintenance fees
> Really? I never pay to maintain HT certification. As far as I know 
> theres a ASCP membership fee, but you dont have to be a member to be 
> certified. Am I wrong here?
> Kimberly C. Tuttle  HT (ASCP)
> Pathology Biorepository and Research Core University of Maryland Room 
> 22 S. Greene St
> Baltimore, MD 21201
> (410) 328-5524
> (410) 328-5508 fax
> >>> "R C"  11/3/2008 12:49 pm >>>
> Can someone assist me in rationalize the annual cost of maintining HT 
> certification (roughly $100 annually) and its benefit? Point 
> accumulation is generally low for classes you must pay=20for, and those 
> who obtained certification prior to 2004 are exempt. Should one not 
> pay the annual fee, certification is dropped Is this correct?). In 
> that case, can one advertise "HT" certification for future employment 
> opportunities then, offer full explanation (and expired certification)

> during interview and that be sufficient?
> What I generally receive from ASCP is an annual bill=20and a random 
> newsletter from time to time. Furthermore, when a bill=20isn't paid on 
> time, the termingology in the subsequent bills become similar to that 
> of a collection agency. Frankly, I find this mailing submission as 
> well as state and national meetings more informative.
> Someone please clarify something I might be missing and any benefits 
> of the "pay out."
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