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Course number 20-684182, approved through 9/1/2022


  • Apply human tissue sampling and anatomy concepts to identifying human tissue types commonly encountered in histopathology.
  • State the primary steps of paraffin embedding and the purpose of each step in the technical process.
  • Describe and list the tools and instrumentation needed for paraffin embedding.
  • Identify selection criteria, such as optimal temperature ranges, for the desired technical performance from a selected paraffin embedding media.
  • State guidelines and identify the correct 3-D orientation for human tissue specimens commonly encountered in histopathology.
  • Identify quality control (QC) measures which help prevent cross-contamination and which promote high quality tissue sections during subsequent microtomy.

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Course Outline

  • Background Knowledge
      • Introduction
      • Basic Anatomy and Tissue Identification
      • Spatial Reasoning and Visualization
      • Commonly Used Anatomic Direction Terms
      • Basic Tissue Sampling and Use of Tissue Marking Inks
  • Tools and Instrumentation
      • Tools and Instrumentation
      • Base Molds
      • Forceps and Other Tools
  • Purpose and Methodology
      • Purposes Accomplished by the Embedding Task
      • The Essential Steps in Routine Paraffin Embedding
      • Step One: Open Cassette
      • Step Two: Examine and Identify the Specimen
      • Step Three: Orient and Position Specimen According to Tissue Type
      • Final Steps: Four Through Seven
      • Review of the Basic Steps for Routine Paraffin Embedding
  • Paraffin Media
      • Modern Paraffin Media
      • Know Your Paraffin
      • Paraffin Temperatures
  • Basic Tissue Orientation
      • Basic Tissue Orientation
      • Uncomplicated Specimens
      • Small to Medium Sized Specimens with Multiple Pieces
      • Regularly Shaped, Medium Sized Pieces
      • Specimens Containing a Lumen
      • Appendix
      • Placenta
      • Cysts and Other Hollow Structures of Larger Circumference
      • Gynecological (GYN) Specimens
      • Endoscopic Biopsies
      • Skin Specimens
      • Elliptical Skin Specimens
      • Punch (Trephine) Biopsies
      • Shave Biopsies
      • Needle Biopsies
      • Breast Cores
      • Review: General Orientation Guidelines
  • Troubleshooting and Quality Control
      • Basic Quality Control
      • Preventing Cross-Contamination
      • Sub-optimal Specimens
      • Practices for Specimen Loss
      • Communication
  • References
      • References
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