[Histonet] interaction of techs with pathologist assistants

Douglas D Deltour doug <@t> ppspath.com
Mon Feb 12 15:27:18 CST 2007

I am not sure what type of assistance you are referring to but the PA's that
I have been around are pretty self sufficient. They can make their own
cassettes and clean up their own bench. Can you afford taking your techs
away from technical work to assist a PA? 

Douglas D. Deltour HT(ASCP)
Histology Supervisor
Professional Pathology Services, PC
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Columbia, SC 29203
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Subject: [Histonet] interaction of techs with pathologist assistants


I would appreciate information from other institutions on how much
technical assistance a pathologist assistant requires or gets when doing
grossing of specimens.

Our pa's handle most of the larger specimens and many of my techs think
that the pa's need more assistance here than at other institutions.  I
realize that duties and expectations probably vary but I am trying to
get a handle on usual practices.  Most of us have been around before
pa's existed and have always assisted pathologists but are somewhat
vague on how much help a pa should have.    I would appreciate any
information you would have.  Currently we having techs grossing small
surgicals by themselves and assisting pa's with the larger surgical


Jim Vickroy

Technical Supervisor - Surgical and Autopsy Pathology

Memorial Medical Center


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