Monday, October 20, 2014

Career Services Welcomes Trey Gantt

We are very pleased to announce that Trey Gantt has joined the Career Services Team.  Trey joins us after working at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center as an outreach and program coordinator. He has a background in Career Services working for Anthem Education group and he joins us with great enthusiasm for getting back to work in education.   I hope you will help me welcome Trey to the team and to Swedish Institute, as he walks around greeting our students and working with Medical Assisting, Medical Billing, Massage Therapy and APT and PT graduates.

Welcome aboard Trey --  We are so very glad you are here!! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Federal Work-Study is still available!

We are still accepting resumes in the following work-study positions:

  • Continuing Education Assistant 
  • Financial Aid Assistant 
  • Laboratory-Clerical Assistant 
  • Nursing Lab Assistant 
  • Personal Training Lab Assistant 
  • Student Mentor 

Please see the program specifics and eligbility requirements in the links above, as well as by clicking here.

Please note, as we roll out this program on campus, only a few jobs are available this semester/quarter. Please do not be discouraged if you do not get hired this term, and continue monitoring our website for additional positions next term.
How to Apply:

  • Forward your resume, Student ID # and specific position you are interested in to the Human Resources Department at
  • Please put the job title of the position you are interested in into the subject line of the email. 
  • Once resumes are received, the hiring manager for the department you applied to will be in touch with chosen candidates for an interview.
Please feel free to ask us any questions about this wonderful new opportunity.

Good luck to all, and we are looking foward to working with you!

Friday, August 22, 2014

New Continuing Education Coordinator at Swedish Institute

Swedish Institute is pleased to announce that Lauren Scangarella has joined the Professional Continuing Education department as our new Continuing Education Coordinator.

Lauren will be working part time assisting us in supporting the marketing and new business development initiatives and day-to-day operations of the Office of Professional Continuing Education.

Lauren is a recent graduate of NYU, and spent a semester abroad in Paris.  She has worked at several exciting internships including The American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution.  She is interested in a career in the field of higher education, and is therefore excited about her new role.

We are very happy to welcome Lauren to Swedish Institute, and look forward to her continued growth in our department and our organization.

Swedish Institute Approved as Testing Site for Certification Exams

The Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences has been approved by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) as a testing site for the Certified Surgical Technologist  (CST) exam.  Similarly, the National Health Career Association (NHA) recognized our institution to conduct certification examination to our billing/coding graduates to take their Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) Certification exam.

Since the Surgical Technologist program got its initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in November 2013, our students are now eligible to sit for the national certification exam. Swedish Institute, true to its form, took one step further. We applied to be an on-site web based administrator of the national board exam and we got it! Our first class of graduates took the exam at the school on July 21, 2014. So now, we are a one stop shop for surgical technology, from admissions to certification and employment, we give our students a real career in a customer service-oriented friendly box approach. Once you sign on with Swedish Institute, you will become a professional by the time you leave.

The Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program was initially offered during the Fall 2013. The first cohort group will graduate at the end of this Summer Quarter 2014. Upon review of the curriculum, NHA granted recognition of the program (thus able to sit for the national certification exam) and also allows the Institute to have our graduates take the online web-based exam in our campus.

Another student-centered service that Swedish instituted this year was the incorporation of the application/examination fees in their tuition. This will further support our graduates to focus more on passing the exam. It will also allow the program to monitor the progress of our student’s learning outcomes as well as their career placement opportunities.

Make It Happen Today!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Swedish CAMA Student Won AMTIE Scholarship

The American Medical Technologists Institute for Excellence (AMTIE) has selected one of our current Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant (CAMA) students, Mr. Solomon Adu (shown in the photo) as a recipient of the Colonel & Carole Miller Student Scholarship Award. The award amount is $1,000 which Mr. Adu will use to pay off his tuition expenses.

Every year, the American Medical Technologists (AMT) who has an active student society in both national and local levels, awards scholarship grants to deserving students who wish to pursue a career in medical assisting. In addition, AMT is one of the leading healthcare organizations that provide continuing education and certification examination to medical assistant graduates (Registered Medical Assistant or RMA).

For the scholarship, Mr Adu has to complete an application form, submit reference letters, his academic transcript, and a written essay. To quote some of the famous lines in his essay:
“I grew up in a community in Ghana that travels almost eighteen miles to have access to health care on a very deplorable road which sometimes makes it impossible to reach a health care provider. And I know that the field in allied health is what I want to pursue. America is a land of opportunity and freedom. This is where my dream, love and passion can come into reality”.
On a personal note, Solomon is one of our best CAMA students. He is on his last term prior to externship. He has always been in the Dean’s list despite the long hours of work that he has to attend after school. He is a hardworking individual, always smiling despite all the odds and still an active member of the Swedish Pulse Society of Medical Assistants. His faculty speaks highly of him. Congrats!

Service-Learning Activities with VISONS (services for the blind and visually impaired)

Service-learning (SL) is a teaching method which combines community service with academic instruction; it focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. Service-learning programs involve students in an organized community service that addresses local needs, while developing academic skills, social responsibility, and commitment to community.

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a nonprofit rehabilitation and social service organization whose purpose is to develop and implement programs to assist people of all ages who are blind and visually impaired to lead independent and active lives in their homes and communities.

Swedish Institute and VISIONS at Selis Manor (by 23rd street) agreed to conduct a series of health fair on a regular basis for the year 2014. This partnership will allow our Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant (CAMA) students to put into practice lessons learned in the classroom prior to externship. Under the supervision of our faculty, students are taught to triage, take vital signs and hone their customer service and oral communication skills. What makes VISIONS different from the rest of the SL activities is that our students are exposed to a distinct type of population that requires due diligence in care and sensitivity in patient care. Our CAMA students, as shown in the left photo, are in their 4th quarter of the program. Students enjoy the experience and are looking forward to more of SL activities.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Theresa Robbinson Assumes a New position as Retention Coordinator

Retention is defined as the number of students in a cohort who persist over a defined period of time toward the academic goal of program completion or graduation or both.  The task in guiding the students to reach this goal is simply herculean and involves not merely the faculty (majority weighs on instructional engagement) and academic administration but the entire school community from senior administration, admissions, financial aid, bursar, career services, alumni, registration, facility, and reception. As one famous former government official states in her book “it takes a village”.

Theresa is no stranger to any of us as she has worked in the reception for a year and currently, as an admissions counselor since 2012. Her role in this department gives her an added perspective of the challenges that our students (will) face as they go through and navigate the various facets of student life. She will bring to the position a well-rounded approach on customer service, focus- learning, direction, and engagement.

Ms Robbinson completed her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies at the University of Cincinnati and pursuing her Masters in Social Sciences at the Long Island University.

Ms Robbinson will assume the new position effective August 11. Her office is temporarily housed at the Nursing faculty room. Let us all welcome and wish Theresa the best with her new role at Swedish.  “Getting them and keeping them. How to make it happen”

Monday, August 4, 2014

Massage Therapy Practice Sessions

Both Practice Sessions are free and no advanced sign-up is required:

  • Intro to Eastern Point Location Practice Session - Friday, August 8, 6:00-10:00 PM with Leonore, room 704 
  • Intro to Eastern Point Location Practice Session - Sunday, August 10, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM with Katherine Powers, room 502

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A WARM WELCOME to our new Adjunct Instructor of Polarity, Shakti Smith, LMT

Shakti has been studying Bodywork and Energy Healing since 1990 and has been professionally licensed and nationally certified in Massage since 1998. She is a Registered Polarity Therapist and and certified advanced Thai Yoga Bodywork practitioner—with training at The Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, The Swedish Institute and SomaPsyche Institutes in New York City, and The Lotus Palm School of Thai Yoga Massage in Montreal. Her sessions and classes are also influenced by her Somatic Movement Therapy and Yoga background. With Dr. Martha Eddy, she is currently researching and writing on how Yoga practice can improve the health of the chakra and endocrine systems.

Shakti has taught Massage and Movement at the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts for CEU credits, Reiki and Self Care Skills at the NYC Boys Club, Thai Yoga Bodywork at Dance New England and at Shambhala Yoga and Dance.

Shakti has experience working with populations with AIDS/HIV, Cancer, and Parkinson’s Disease. She has also worked with pregnant women since 1997; and delights in introducing children to Bodywork and Energywork. Shakti lives in Brooklyn with her husband Stewart where she maintains a private practice in Prospect Heights since 2003:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A DEPARTURE NOTE: Goodbye to Dante

Longtime Massage Therapy instructor, Dante Mele, will be leaving his teaching position to move to Palm Springs, California. (But Dante, it’s too hot there and getting hotter--reconsider!!) Dante has taught at Swedish Institute for 17 years. During those years he has showered his many gifts as a teacher in Swedish I, Swedish II, Professional Development, and Palpation classes, and in each course, Dante has inspired a new group of students.  Because of his grace, ease, knowledge, and experience, he has been a much sought after instructor—students  literally beg to be put in his classes. Dante’s teaching joins genuine passion for massage therapy with compassion and high standards. As one student puts it “he is nurturing and demanding at the same time”.  His focus is on how his students will learn best, and on how to create an environment that is comfortable and invites student learning and creativity. As one student put it:  “He explains things and I just get it—he knows how people learn” Or as another exclaimed: “Dante--you are the example of professionalism, enthusiasm, and charisma that made this class so educational”.  And another: “I leave here exhausted from thinking”. Dante, you will be truly missed by your students and colleagues, and we thank you for giving so much and enlightening and exhausting so many during your 17 years here. We wish you all good things in hot! and sunny Palm Springs, and hope you’ll come back to visit (and cool off)  often.

Dante’s farewell:
“For the last 17 3/4 years the Swedish Institute has been a place of daily learning, sharing, growth and joy for me. i am grateful to teachers, staff and students for an experience that will enrich every day hence. i wish at least the same for you. may our lives be our meditation.    happy trails...indeed!”