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Dilworth dilworth at megsinet.net
Sat Mar 18 08:34:00 EST 2000

I'm stumped.  I thought the purpose of proficiencies was to do your best
with what you had in front of you, and treat it like a patient.  It's also
supposed to be a test of your facility's proficiency in this particular type

of sample. It's not supposed to be a group effort.  Many accreditations
hinge on whether these are properly done; however I would be very reluctant
to go this "bulletin board"  route.  I understand there is the underground
word-of-mouth proficiency sample comparison stuff going on all the time, and

while not particularly ethical, it does happen. But the internet???

While in my last position in microbiology, I moonlighted in another micro
lab performing O&P and Fungal examinations.  My supervisor was adamant that
I have nothing to do with their proficiency samples as I had to work on
ours.  I spoke it over with the supervisor and that became a condition of my

employment.  I know technically that I should have been involved in them as
I was performing them, but that's a whole long story with not a very happy
ending over which I had no control.  Suffice it to say, if I had posted
something like this on the internet regarding proficiency samples I probably

would have been up for some kind of disciplinary action.  Sorry to say this.

Am I out of line here?  What does everyone else think?

Judy Dilworth, M.T. (ASCP)
Microbiology in hiatus

Michael Corriss wrote:

> I work in a hospital hematology laboratory. Every few months we receive
> proficiency test samples. In the past, numerous varieties of leukemias,
> cell types, various parasites, and even artifacts have been showcased.
> It's great because one gets to see items that may never present
> otherwise.
> I am stumped with the latest offering.......(case follows)

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