[Histonet] New ASCP Classification and You
|From:||"Stephen Peters M.D." |
I think this is a step backwards for this field. By approving of such a category they are
sending the message this job is so easy you can just take anyone off the street give them
a few lessons and out will pop your insitu hybridization. Your payscale will go backwards.
I cannot imagine how anyone can understand what they are doing in this rather complex
field without a basic knowledge of the scientific and technical principals you are using
every day. Between the myriad of histochemical stains you need to know, you have now
added immunohistochemistry and molecular techniques. These are very
sophisticated scientific procedures. Think about the minutia of details and experience as
well as technical information about your microtomes that is required just to get a nice
clean unshattered ribbon of a GI biopsy. Sure, you can show someone the
technical maneuvers in your free time but they will not reach nearly the same level
of quality without a knowledge of the principals. As the guy reading the slides I would
rather see your field require formal education and certification at all levels. I have no
problem with OJ T's performing clerk duties, filing and such, but it is a bit scary to think
of letting one of these loose on my biopsies or cover immunos becase every one is on vacation.
My suggestion for these HA's is to designate an approved set of duties, much like doctors
are given privileges for certain procedures and not others when we join a staff. Have
them register with NSH as HA's in training. Make them complete classes and
pass certification exams on a curriculum which is appropriate for their duties in a given
time period. At least it would be like taking a correspondence course.
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