Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center staff along with other local healthcare providers have teamed up to lead the education efforts for the Pine Bush High School Medical Academy which began on July 2, 2012. Students will have courses, taught by physicians, in various medical specialties including Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Orthopedics, Radiology, Rheumatology, and Urology among others. Orange Regional’s participating staff include Jane Giganti, RN; Deb Szulewski, RN; Deborah Snyder, RN, MSN, CCRN, Cardiovascular Nurse Educator; Caroline Bark, RN, Clinical Supervisor; Liz Klimczak, RN, BSN, MS, CIC, Director of Infection Prevention; Bill Keller, Blood Bank Medical Technologist and Amanda Williams, Phlebotomist. Dr. Larry Glass, Stat Flight personnel, New York Organ Donor Network, sports trainer John Goff and Crystal Run Healthcare physicians are also contributing participants to the Academy. The program was created and coordinated by Dr. Michael Raucci, a chiropractor and science teacher at Pine Bush Schools and Jane Giganti, a registered nurse at Orange Regional Medical Center.
Orange Regional has long been dedicated to giving back to the local community, as well as, supporting the education of youths. Participating in the Medical Academy is yet another way that the Hospital is showing its commitment to the community. Participating clinicians will contribute a total of forty-five hours of instruction spanning the four weeks of the academy in addition to the many hours of preparation and planning of lessons.
Orange Regional Medical Center’s Vice President of Medical Affairs says, “Orange Regional is proud to be a supporter of this medical program. Education is the foundation of a quality healthcare system and the opportunity to provide knowledge and insight into the healthcare field is an honor. Our hope is that we influence these students in such a way that they will want to pursue a medical career.”
The Medical Academy is part of Pine Bush High School’s Summer Academy Programs that offer academies in areas such as Leadership and Law, Literacy and Education, Aviation, Performing Arts, and Science in addition to the Medical Academy. Each Summer Academy Program offers a creative course that promotes education and enrichment for high school students in an academy setting utilizing local professionals. All of the academies are self-funded through student tuition and community and benefactor donations.
This is the first year for the four week long Medical Academy. Classes will be held at Circleville Middle School (Pine Bush Central School District), at Orange Regional Medical Center and at Crystal Run Healthcare over the four week course. Enrollment for this first year has maxed out at thirty students. Students who applied for enrollment were selected based on their interest in healthcare, academic performance, and recommendation by their principal or science teacher. The Medical Academy also offers college credit to students that successfully complete the course and results in First Aid, CPR, and AED certification for all participants. The academy culminates in a Trauma Management Day that the creators have scripted around an apocalyptic zombie event. On this day, the medical academy students will be triaging and caring for the physically injured, the infected zombies, and the emotionally overwhelmed population at the school.
“We are excited to be able to provide such an outstanding program to our students. It gives them the opportunity to explore career opportunities and learn from professionals in authentic settings. The program also goes a long way towards demonstrating the type of quality educational experience that can be generated through the collaborative efforts of schools and local businesses, industry, and service providers,” says Michael Raucci, DC, DIBCN, Chiropractic Neurologist and Pine Bush science teacher.
For more information about the Pine Bush High School Medical Academy, contact Pine Bush Educator Michael Raucci at 845-800-1843.
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Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.