[Histonet] interaction of techs with pathologist assistants

Charles.Embrey Charles.Embrey <@t> carle.com
Mon Feb 12 15:28:51 CST 2007

I am not sure what you actually mean by assist.  Everywhere I have
worked the techs helped me the same as they would have a pathologist.
Here at Carle the lab assistants accession the cases, label the blocks
and set up the grossing areas.  After I gross they move the blocks to
the processors.  Before I started here the pathologists had a tech stand
there when they grossed and put the lids on the cassettes as they were
filled.  I didn't really want that much help and put my own lids on.
Other than that the system hasn't changed here.
Charles Embrey, PA(ASCP)
Carle Clinic Illinois 

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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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