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.

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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