RE: [Histonet] New ASCP Classification and You

From:"Patsy Ruegg"

Before we all get bent out of shape about this we need to verify that ASCP
is really going forward with this classification or not.  I am on the NSH
BOD and at no time did we have any discussions about this with the
assumption that ASCP is going forward with this.  We need to ask Marilyn
Gamble the NSH ASCP representative to clarify.

Patsy Ruegg, HT(ASCP)QIHC
IHCtech, LLC
Fitzsimmons BioScience Park
12635 Montview Blvd. Suite 216
Aurora, CO 80010
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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Stephen
Peters M.D.
Sent: Saturday, September 17, 2005 8:08 AM
Subject: [Histonet] New ASCP Classification and You

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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