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Join us at the 41st Annual Symposium Convention in Washington, DC
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Join NSH and your fellow Histotechnicians at the NSH Annual Symposium/Convention (S/C) Aug. 28 - Sept. 2. The S/C is the largest educational event of its kind for the histology profession. Whether you attend the full five educational-packed days of workshops or are only able to attend on the weekend, customize a schedule that fits your time out of the lab and meets your educational and budget needs at the same time. A weekend of workshops will cost only $245 and you will receive 10.5 CE credits. It is possible to earn a certificate of completion in one of the areas in a weekend. NSH offers a certificate of completion for Immunohistochemistry, Molecular, Management and Safety. These certificates will provide you with practical, applicable skill documentation that can be used to enhance your marketability both within and outside your organization. Only nine CE credits are required in one of the three areas. Register now.
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Call for NSH mentors at the 41st Annual Symposium Convention
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  • Do you remember what it was like starting out in the Histology field and the first time you attended the NSH Symposium/Convention?
  • Are you looking for a way to get involved?
  • Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge with others?
  • Are you attending this year's NSH Symposium/Convention in Washington, D.C.?

  • If your answers are yes, then your help is needed now. We are looking for NSH Symposium/Convention mentors, and you fit who we are looking for. Sign up now to be an NSH Symposium/Convention mentor by clicking here.

    Then, two weeks prior to the S/C, Brenda from NSH will email you a list of first-time attendees (currently there are 119 first-time attendees registered) and ask you to reach out via email or phone to set up a time and place to meet with them at the Symposium/Convention. You are also welcome to come to the First Time Attendee reception on Friday night to meet up with them there. Your mentoring will help the first-time attendee navigate through the whole NSH experience. Checking in with them periodically, maybe inviting them to dinner or lunch, meeting them at the continental breakfast, taking them around the exhibit hall a little and teaching them to network. If this is something you would be interested, please sign up today. Mentors will also get two free contact hours for volunteering. Contact Brenda@nsh.org with any questions.

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