The histology internship is a collaboration between WPI college and Histologistics Inc. This program created in March of 2012 brings 2 high school students from local high schools into the histology lab for 8 weeks of intensive histology training. The previous 2 students from Worcester Tech high school sent this certificate of appreciation to us. Thank you very much! The 2 current interns will be done their projects very soon. We will post their results next week.
I really have to praise both of my high school histology interns, they are smart, hard working, talented students who have created fantastic tissue slides in just 1 week of microtome practice. Their decision to care about histology and do the best they can really moves me to believe there is still hope for this field to continue to grow. I sat with one student to go over her slides and teach her about the sections quality and any pertinent cell structural information know. I was happily surprised to see unbelievable section quality. All the tissues were in the exact middle of the slide. This is a hard feat to accomplish for students in their first week of cutting. The attribute that really surprised me was the artifact free sections. There were virtually no knife marks, bubbles, tears, folds or wrinkles. This was in all the 10 tissue types we looked at. Some of them like pancreas, brain, spinal column are difficult to cut for 10 year veterans. I thought, my god she really is good. Take a look at the pictures, decide for yourself.
Let me tell you about the growing field of histology. As you may not know, histology is the study of all normal plant, animal and human tissue. By knowing normal tissue, we can also see abnormal tissue. This leads us to the study of disease or pathology. I believe histology was created to help pathologists study disease. The histologist does all the manual labor, while the pathologist focuses on the microscopic evaluation of the tissue. This is the case today, most large hospitals have clinical histology. These can be great places to work if you like the fast paced environments. Depending on the setting, a histologist may be required to do other jobs like microbiology, cytology, electron microscopy, molecular or genetic testing. I have done some of these jobs myself. There are other applications for which histology is used. In some areas of the research industry, histology is utilized to quantify and qualify cellular research. Most of the medicines on the market have been tested in conjunction with histopathology analysis. Veterinarians rely on histopathology when they take tissue biopsies from their patients to determine the presence of disease. Marine pathologists at Woods Hole in MA use histology to test the ocean water for bacteria and other harmful contaminates by sampling clams living in it. The contaminates can be seen in the clams organs when processed and stained with H&E. It is their testing that determines if the ocean is safe to swim and fish in. Many colleges have their own histology lab to enable them to aid in the field of their research. Sometimes their research is at the forefront of new emerging technologies. In biomedical engineering, professors all over the world are creating new techneques to fix old health problems.
In this field of histology the need for qualified personel has tripled in the last ten years. In the next ten years I believe the need will more than quadruple. The median age for histologists right now is 55. To me this means, in ten years half of the histologists in the field will be retiring. The field will be in dire need. As it is right now, the average starting salary in major cities is +40,000. The job market is unbelievable. I can get a job in most major cities in the US within a week. The job market will increse its demand every year.
The manufactures of histology equipment has been creating machines to replace the absent histologist.
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