[Histonet] Practical Exam

Rittman, Barry R Barry.R.Rittman <@t> uth.tmc.edu
Thu Feb 19 17:30:29 CST 2009

I cannot believe that you have said this.
Although I did not think that the practical examination was the ultimate test of skill ,  it did at least provide some uniformity.
With an extension of the logic that you use it is just as easy to allow the pathologist to certify that the technician is qualified even without a written examination. 
Without a somewhat standardized practical there is no guarantee that the technician will have any practical knowledge outside their individual laboratory.
Didactic without adequate practical knowledge is, as far as I am concerned, useless.
What is really needed is a national standardized written and practical test that is administered by NSH.
I am not holding my breath that this will happen.

From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Victor Tobias [victor <@t> pathology.washington.edu]
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Subject: [Histonet] Practical Exam

There has been discussion regarding the removal of the practical exam.
To me it has not been removed, but the responsibility has shifted to
whomever signs off on the student. In the case of OJT, the pathologist
has verified that this student can cut and stain. Of course what is
acceptable to one pathologist may not be to another. Do they get tested
in the art of troubleshooting...... As far as the schools go, they
shouldn't be graduating anyone that can't cut, stain and troubleshoot.
So I don't really see a problem with the absence of the practical. It is
Friday somewhere.


Victor Tobias
Clinical Applications Analyst
University of Washington Medical Center
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