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    mmacvenn is offline Newbie
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    Do you really suggest buying your own microscope while on Dominica?

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    hello

    Actually no you don't need one. I talked to a bunch of people on the island and they said that you don't need one anymore because the professor will give you a cd-rom with all the slides on it

    Jen

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    Re: hello

    Just remember that you should learn to use a microscope sometime. While everybody things you'll never need one, that's not altogether true. I see residents checking slides all the time for an early idea of what they just took a sample of. If you get to clinicals or residency and don't know how to use a microscope (and I saw many in Histology and Microbiology who didn't) you may be rather embarassed.

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    Actually no you don't need one. I talked to a bunch of people on the island and they said that you don't need one anymore because the professor will give you a cd-rom with all the slides on it

    Jen
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    microscope

    What if we have used microscopes in many undergrad classes including micro and learned how to prepare and stain slides? Are these the skills needed or is the microscope usage and slide prep more entailed?

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    dianostic sets

    Thanks for mentioning that- I wasn't asking if you needed to know how to use a microscope, it's just i wasn't looking forward to buying one .

    The School suggests buying an ophthalmoscope and an otoscope before coming down. Is it better to wait and buy it on the island? Do students matriculating to miami sell their's to younger students?

    Thank You everyone whose has replied
    mel

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    microscope

    There is no need for a microscope or any need for skills involving slide preperation. I worked for pathologists for 5 years analyzing tissue samples, making and analyzing blood smears, spinal fliuds, peritoneal fliuds, ect. Those skills are absolutely worthless here because there are no facilities on this island that have the necessary equipment or supplies to perform such tasks. Oh, by the way, i am an ASCP board certified medical technologist (M.S. molecular biology). My skills are worthless here except for the fact that they provide me with an invaluable background in clinical pathology.

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