RE: Tech Grossing

From:"Gladney, Diane C"

I have been grossing specimens for about 4 years. I was thoroughly trained
by our pathologist to gross the specimens that they wanted me to do. I
assist them with all the others. I have been "grossing in" with pathologist
for more years than I care to think about, but the experience was helpful
when I was formally trained by the pathologists. We had a checklist of the
types of tissues that I would gross and my competency (sp?) on grossing. I
always ask for guidance on unusual cases. I am now in the process of
learning to gross more types of tissues as our workload increases. But the
additional duty of grossing has not gotten me more pay although I gross
about 80% of our cases each day (some days the percentage is higher). I am
thankful for the valuable experience. I suggest that a list of specimen
types with a rating on competency be used. This worked well for us. After
the training was complete, the pathologist wrote a competency letter for
grossing and listing the specimen types to be placed in my personnel folder
and for our CAP and JAHCO inspections. I hope that this info is helpful for

Have A Great Day,

Diane C. Gladney, HT(ASCP)
Moncrief Army Community Hospital
Dept. of Pathology, Histology Section
Ft. Jackson, SC 29207-5600

-----Original Message-----
From: Rose Richardson []
Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2001 7:19 PM
To: Jennifer MacDonald
Subject: Re: Tech Grossing

I am curious, how many techs are doing grosing?  In our Pathology
Department they are not allowed to do it.


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