[Histonet] training materials

Lee & Peggy Wenk lpwenk <@t> sbcglobal.net
Fri Dec 12 04:03:03 CST 2008

Not an immediate help, but there will be a NSH teleconference May 27, 2009
on embedding.

Date: May 27, 2009
Time: 1:00PM EST
Presented by Joelle Weaver, HTL(ASCP), Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay,
Ohio; Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio; Histology Education
Coordinator, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio

This presentation is a good review of fundamentals for everyone who
routinely embeds a variety of tissue types. The embedding step is often
overlooked in process improvement initiatives. At many labs, the embedding
step has remained relatively static. What is being done at your facility
during embedding to eliminate contamination as well as orientate tissue
correctly and optimally for sectioning quality? This teleconference will
begin with a review of the fundamentals of tissue embedding and orientation,
covering basic principles of tissue sampling and specimen inking that may
assist the embedding histologist. The impact of well infiltrated, correctly
spaced, properly oriented specimens is strongly correlated to both ease of
sectioning as well as section quality. Therefore, it is worth taking the
time to consider this topic with "fresh eyes" and to re-evaluate embedding
methodology when other changes are made in the overall process.

For info on this and other NSH Teleconferences, go to:

If having problems with the link, go to:
Click on Continuing Education on the left
Click on Earn Continuing Education
Click on Partipate in Teleconferences, about half way down the page

The 2009 Schedule is available. All are on Wednesdays, from 1-2 pm Eastern
time. Cost is $125 per teleconference, or if order all 11 by Jan. 27, 2009,
it's only $1100, which is $100 each. You can have as many people listen as
you want, and they all earn CE certificates. (If you have 10 people working
in your lab, that bring the cost down to $12.50 per person for each to earn
1 hour CE. The Jan 2009 is "Working with Difficult People", so invite
everyone from all the labs and the pathology office and the pathologists,
and everyone can learn to get along with earning 1 hour CE!) About 1 week
before the teleconference, your lab will be sent a link to the PowerPoint
and any additional handouts. The day of the talk, call up a phone number,
listen to the speaker through speaker phone and be able to ask questions,
and have everyone sign in, which is then faxed to NSH. Everyone who attended
and signed in earns 1 hour CE. 

About 1-2 months after the teleconference, the lab will receive a CD with
the PowerPoint, speaker's talks, any additional handouts, and a 4 question
test. So if anyone couldn't attend the original teleconference, they can sit
down when there is some free time in the lab, listen to the conference, view
the PowerPoint, read the additional handouts, and now take a 4 question
test, which they take and fax/mail into NSH, and they can get 1 hour CE, up
to 2 years later. Also, your lab now has good training modules for anyone at
any time.

Peggy A. Wenk, HTL(ASCP)SLS
Representing NSH as the NSH Teleconference Coordinator

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[mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Jennifer
Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2008 11:59 AM
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] training materials

Can anyone suggest a really good book, atlas, etc. for embedding?  The girl
that took my place at my last job is having a really hard time (especially
with skin) and I told her I would ask the experts.
Jennifer Johnson, HTL (ASCP)
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