The second AAPA Town Hall Meeting of 2019 was held on Tuesday, August 27th, live from the Fall Conference in Chicago. Members not in attendance were able to call in via GoToWebinar. Speaker Recruitment Subcommittee Chair Emily Loter was the moderator once again, and the presenters were Board of Trustees Chair John Eckman, and Board Members Ryan Schniederjan and Charlene Gettings. The topic was Grossing Technicians: Defining their Role in Anatomic Pathology. A survey had been previously sent to our members, and many useful comments were received.
John began by explaining the reasons for discussing this topic. Then he and Ryan gave accounts of their own experiences working with grossing techs. Two members of the audience talked about their experiences as grossing techs before becoming PAs.
John discussed the position of the Board of Trustees on grossing techs, including the need for guidelines and support for oversight. The panelists talked about situations where a grossing tech may be useful, but stressed the need for defining the types of specimens they should gross. Ryan continued with an explanation of CLIA regulations that apply to grossing techs. Charlene then discussed her experience with defining the role in her lab, and how it could be regulated.
In response to the survey results, John explained that the AAPA has been opposed to ASCP certification for grossing techs. He went on to discuss next steps in developing a position statement of the AAPA. A live poll was held through the conference app, regarding the types of the specimens grossing techs should be allowed to gross, and the results were shown during the presentation. Several members of the audience gave their experiences of working with grossing techs, as well as concerns about how our field may be affected.
We would love to hear from you on this subject! Please use this link to view the Town Hall replay, and continue the conversation on the new Grossing Tech forum on our website. Your input is very important to the AAPA.