RE: [Histonet] Surgical Pathology Departments

From:"Tarango, Mark"

Dude, I'm totally doing a bunch of work that isn't actually in my job
description.  I'm figuring it'll pay off at some point, but so far it
just seems like I have too much to do (including transcribing all the
pathology reports myself).  Luckily, our volume for clinical cases is
really low, because doing more than a few reports in a day really takes
up a too much of my time.  

The one good thing about having me do it, is that I catch a lot of
mistakes.  Because I work here (as opposed to working for the outside
transcription service we hired in the past), I have access to more
information about the case and I can double check to make sure that
things are correct and accurate.  When a report would come back from the
transcription service it seems as if the pathologists wouldn't read more
than the diagnosis.  Working on-site with the pathologists, I can just
ask one of them about something when it doesn't look right.

Mark Adam Tarango HT(ASCP)

Histology/Immunohistochemistry Supervisor

Nevada Cancer Institute

One Breakthrough Way

Las Vegas, NV  89135

Direct Line (702) 822-5112

Fax (702) 939-7663


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Rittman,
Barry R
Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 2:29 PM
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Surgical Pathology Departments

Hi Robert
You have just pressed the "not my job" button.
I believe that this is a constant sore point with many histotechs. 
As in many labs, tasks that used to be regarded as "secretarial" are now
carried out by the histotechs. in addition to actual histologic tissue
While I believe that it is important to understand the various aspects
of a pathology lab I feel that in many cases the extensive training that
histotechs receive in the preparation of tissue is wasted in these
"other tasks".  This is not to detract from the skill required to be an
accurate transcriber but I really feel that this is not what most
histotecs. are really paid for. 
In our institute there are no "secretaries" but due to political
correctness are known as "administrative assistants". However these are
fewer in number than the original secretarial staff (they also do not
carry out any histological techniques). These extra tasks for the
histotech. are not usually reflected in job descriptions and rarely come
with extra remuneration. 
However the good news is that histotechs. are not alone. 
Many faculty are typing their own memos and often carrying out numerous
other tasks that were originally carried out by secretaries.

I stand corrected, we have one secretary here. 
This was someone who we perfused and have preserved in the main entrance
so that the image of a real secretary is retained for posterity (has a
nice bronze plaque also).

Believe that Joe N. would classify this as a potential flaming topic.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Lott,
Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 2:56 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Surgical Pathology Departments

Hi Everyone, 

I'm sooooo....sad because I'm not in Phoenix at NSH (first one I've
missed in many years).... but, since I'm not, I have a question for all
of you!


Are their hospital based or even private practice anatomic pathology
laboratories which operate without transcriptionists/secretary/clerical
type individuals for reporting and distribution of reports, etc. and ALL
those things they do?


If so, who performs the duties that would normally be part of their
job.... ??


Seems I vaguely remember a short thread about this maybe a year ago...




Robert L. Lott, HTL(ASCP)

Manager, Anatomic Pathology

LabFirst / Trinity Medical Center - formerly

Montclair Baptist Medical Center

800 Montclair Road

Birmingham, AL   35213

205-592-5388  phone

205-592-5646  fax


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