Histotech Demand

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From:John Spair <jspair@multicare.com>
To:jfisher@saint-lukes.org, HistoNet Server <histonet@pathology.swmed.edu>
Date:Tue, 26 Oct 1999 09:04:45 -0700
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You're right, histotechs are in demand and it seems the shortage versus
demand factor is catching up to us.  We don't have very many histotech
schools around anymore, and some labs here in the Pacific Northwest is doing
more on the job training.  My only fear with that is they don't push
certification, thus labs are being unmanned by certified histotechs and no
real regulations exist that requires histotechs being certified.

Actually in a sense this is a good thing for histology, as demand versus
supply is going to drive up salaries - which may be long overdue recognition
for a field that is so important.  Actually I am meeting with upper
management myself next week in an attemp to reclassify histotechs and
equalize them into the Med Tech pay scale.  Wish me luck.

By the way, I have recruited histotechs from outside the area but only been
successful by offering a good salary, pay their moving expenses, and pay a
sign on bonus.  

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