[Histonet] Re: Number of blocks

kgrobert <@t> rci.rutgers.edu kgrobert <@t> rci.rutgers.edu
Fri Oct 26 10:41:17 CDT 2012

Granted, I am in research, and my boss IS a pathologist and does know how
to embed...if I got that reaction from a pathologist, I'd make him come in
and embed, cut, etc. rank be damned.  You need to know what is going on
with the slides you're diagnosing.  If a pathology resident/pathologist
over at UMDNJ wanted to learn, I'd teach him/her, no questions asked.  In
fact, we have taught the Rutgers veterinarians here-invited them to sit in
on our Toxicological Pathology class, both lecture and lab sections, slide
reading, etc. and they made the time to do it.  It's a necessity, the way
I see it.

Kathleen Roberts

Principal Lab Technician
Neurotoxicology Labs
Molecular Pathology Facility Core
Dept of Pharmacology & Toxicology
Rutgers, the State University of NJ
41 B Gordon Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
(848) 445-1443
FAX (732) 445-6905

> As I asked before, do your pathologists have any input into any of this?
> About embedding: I heard of a recently trained pathologist who, asked
> about an embedding problem, replied, "What's embedding?"
> We spend thousands of dollars on a bronchoscopy or an EGD to get a
> tiny bit of tissue that contains a life-changing diagnosis. The
> specimen comes to the pathology lab and is grossed by a prosector who
> isn't allowed an embedding sheet. The embedder has no idea how many
> bits of tissue to look for. Then the microtomist is expected to cut 50
> blocks an hour. Then the pathologist has to make a diagnosis on a
> venetian-blind section.
> Good Management I'm sure. Bad medicine.
> Bob Richmond
> Samurai Pathologist
> Maryville TN
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