RE: [Histonet] Histotech vacancies

From:"Morken, Tim"

The online courses should be much more helpful than studying alone. Most
of us spent hundreds of hours poring through books on our own since
there are few formal courses available (and was long before an
"internet" was around). I was lucky enough to have 3 other people around
who wanted to get their HT/HTL and we had a study group going weekly for
a solid year before we took the exam. Most labs don't do everything
presented on the test and a formal course will be sure they get that
theory in a well-structured way. Of course the lab work is a must to put
it all in practice.

Tim Morken
Technical Support Manager
Anatomical Pathology, Lab Vision Products
ThermoFisher Scientific

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Joe
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 2:23 PM
To: Mindy Johnson; 'Vickroy, Jim';
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Histotech vacancies

on line courses can work if the clinical sites do what they are supposed
to do. For instance, at my last place of employment, students were
cutting embedded blocks on day 2. I would process some extra tissue and
let the students embed and cut. (day 1 was safety, trip around the lab,
ect.), by week 5, they were cutting 1 slide surgical and doing all the
special stains. 
Now, this was for the CC program here in San Antonio, but, my students
were reporting back to me that their classmates haven't sat down at a
So, the moral of the story is that on line programs are only as good as
the clinical sites. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!!


----- Original Message -----
From: "Mindy Johnson" 
To: "'Vickroy, Jim'" ;

Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 11:51 AM
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Histotech vacancies

I know when I was hired by my first job it was for a histology position
and I had just graduated with a biology degree.  I had some frozen
sectioning experience while at school, but most of what I learned was on
the job and they were going to have me take the online course since I
was already cutting.  Now, I'm doing even more cutting at my new job
with paraffin and I'm learning still. But, still no license.  So I am
curious to see how these online courses workout for people.  Maybe I
should do one.


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Vickroy,
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 9:15 AM
To: ''
Subject: [Histonet] Histotech vacancies

Like a lot of hospitals we have been unable to find qualified applicants
for a histotech position.  We are at least exploring other options.  One
of the options include hiring someone with a biological background and
enrolling them in an on-line histotech training program.  After
completion of the
program the applicant would take the certification examination.    There
a few schools out there that have full time programs but many
individuals are not in a position to take six months off to attend them
without receiving a weekly paycheck.  In addition my experience has been
that these schools only take a small amount of applicants each session.
So with more positions than students has anyone else come up with a
creative way to train and hire histotechs and any suggestions to on-line
programs that have been worthwhile.

Jim Vickroy
Technical Supervisor - Surgical and Autopsy Pathology Memorial Medical

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