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Study Sets By Mail
A unique and indispensable asset of the Foundation is the monthly rotation of study sets, coordinated by the Correspondence Division of the Foundation. They are received monthly by 20 or more educational, government or corporate institutions in the United States of America.
The Correspondence Division of the Foundation was activated in November of 1973, and has remained in continuous operation since that date. When the operation commenced there were many voices who counseled that " it cannot be done". To send valuable collections of microscopic tissue sections, on glass slides, and 35mm color transparencies by mail, or United Parcel Service, would have result in damage and loss of a valuable Foundation asset. Three decades later, these study sets have travelled around the Earth over 100 times (2,500,000 miles) and the Foundation has not lost one of the 50 study sets or sustained any non-repairable damage.
The mission of the Correspondence Division is to provide study sets on a monthly basis for the use of Members & Affiliate Members of the Foundation who are undergraduate veterinary students; graduate students of pathology; or pathologists at study sites located at, and cosponsored by, participating institutional or corporate members throughout the US. Because of the "Endangered Species Act", these study sets are only circulated within the US. The Division is administered by a Program Director (Dr. Margaret Miller), with a Monitor and Assistant Monitor at each study site.
Every Reviewer is asked to protect the set he/she is using for the next reviewer. In effect, each reviewer becomes a study set guardian. The contents of each set represent the combined efforts of many individuals, spanning many years. All of them motivated by a desire to share these case materials with their colleagues. The efforts expended in the preparation of each study set are drawn from diverse sources. They include the individual donor, histology laboratories in many areas of the country that have participated in the preparation or repair of case materials, seminar chairpersons representing various organizations of veterinary and comparative pathologists, individual pathologists practicing in academic, industrial, governmental, or zoological laboratories in the US and foreign countries. Each reviewer assumes an extremely significant role on the team which created the sets: It is that of a guardian of the set during its use to prevent loss, breakage, or damage to it or its contents. The study sets are most vulnerable during their intended use and the reviewer is the only person immediately capable of protecting them for the next reviewing group or individual.
Each study set contains 226 stained microslides with histories, representing approximately 200 + cases of various disease entities. There are 50 Study Sets currently available for use by the Correspondence Division. Repair of damaged materials in a study set is carried out by the study site, or the Program Director of the Division. The study sets rotate through the Divisional Headquarters at the end of each month rotation schedule. At that time some are refurbished by the Divisional Program Director, who is assisted by the histology laboratories of one or more of the program participants as a contribution of service to the Foundation. For information on participating in the Foundation's correspondence division, please contact Dr. Peg Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org)