[Histonet] Re: Unregistered HT

Horn, Hazel V HornHV <@t> archildrens.org
Thu Sep 12 10:29:46 CDT 2013

I agree!  You are wise.

Hazel Horn
Supervisor of Histology/Autopsy/Transcription
Anatomic Pathology
Arkansas Children's Hospital
1 Children's Way | Slot 820| Little Rock, AR 72202
501.364.4240 direct | 501.364.1241 fax
hornhv <@t> archildrens.org

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Sent: Thursday, September 12, 2013 8:22 AM
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Subject: [Histonet] Re: Unregistered HT

Since somebody mentioned the Samurai Pathologist (who is now 74 years old and in his 50th year in pathology) -

I agree with most of what's been said here and I won't repeat it.

>From the pathologist's viewpoint - remember that most pathologists are 
on salary (or soon will be) and don't have a dog in the fight about doing the job as cheaply as possible.

I think that a very large part of the problem is that most pathologists haven't a clue as to what goes on in the histology lab (that's why we cram cassettes full of fatty breast tissue), and that pathologists need to acquire this knowledge in residency, to the degree that they can teach and trouble-shoot or work with senior technologists who can. It's particularly important that pathologists learn to embed.

Edwards Deming was an economist who grew up in "operations research" during World War 2. After the War he tried to get the automotive industry to adopt his methods. The executives laughed at him (and still do in the business schools, I think), so he took his ideas to Japan, where they built the Japanese automative industry. Deming's major idea (if I understand him
correctly) was that workers need constant specific feedback about what they're doing.

I think that the establishment of effective feedback from pathologist to histotechnologist is the first step in solving the problem we've been talking about. And I think that means a pathologist sitting down with a histotechnologist and reviewing some of the day's slides every blessed day.

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Maryville TN
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