RE: [Histonet] RE: IHC and State requirements

From:"Bernice Frederick"

I agree with you- I know people who are grandfathered and took the exam.
I've met one person who helped create the HTL certification requirements.
I'm just an HTL but do agree that some have the HTL but only know basic
histo. I know of some institutions where an HTL is preferred when it comes
to IHC (based on the BS). My pet peeve is post-docs that think they know
everything but can't comprehend histo and thinek they can do microtomy. We
require certification for those people that are cutting blocks that are
human cancer trial specimens (a long story)

Bernice Frederick HTL (ASCP)
Northwestern University
Pathology Core Facility
710 N Fairbanks Court
Olson 8-421
Chicago,IL 60611

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Horn, Hazel
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 9:54 AM
To: Kim Tournear;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] RE: IHC and State requirements

Being grandfathered in did not mean they just gave you the title of HTL.
The grandfathered HTL's had to pass the tests just like anyone else!

Hazel Horn
Hazel Horn, HT/HTL (ASCP)
Supervisor of Histology
Arkansas Children's Hospital
800 Marshall    Slot 820
Little Rock, AR   72202

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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Kim
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 9:27 AM
Subject: [Histonet] RE: IHC and State requirements

Hi Michelle,
  A lot employers will except either HT or HTL. And of course, how much
experience you have under your belt is also a big consideration.  I
think a lot of employers are finding out just how hard it is to find
techs (registered or not) that can do the job and do it well, although
there are a few states with their own state requirements which would
require the tech to be ASCP certified either way. 
  I have found that being an HTL vs HT doesn't necessarily mean that one
or the other can do the job better...I know a few HTL's that were
grandfathered in and have done only a handful IHCs in their whole
career, can't trouble shoot anything,  and produce poor quality slides
and yet they hold the title of an HTL and the same goes for the
HTs...(makes you wonder how they keep a job)...LOL....and I have taught
and worked with students right out of college programs that were
absolutely awesome and knew their stuff....go figure.....I say go for
it.....Good Luck....

Kim Tournear, HT (ASCP), QIHC ( ASCP)
  Specialists in Dermatology
  Histology/Mohs Supervisor
  Tucson, AZ

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