K&J – New Visions for Health Care at AMC Saranac Lake

While Congress is in gridlock over the future of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) The landmark law moves forward today in a big way. Health Insurance Marketplaces (Exchanges) are open for business today. Here in the Adirondacks we take the opportunity to talk about the future of health care in our region by learning about a program in the local high schools which allows students to learn first hand about the health care profession. Today on the K&J show we’re speaking with instructor Allison Riley-Clark about the program.

K&J – 100113 – Alison Riley-Clark BOCES New Visions Instructor

Along with classroom lectures, students shadow health professionals throughout the year in a variety of clinical observational rotations at AMC for a unique perspective into potential health care careers.  Working side by side with hospital personnel, students will spend time in the emergency department, cancer center, intensive care unit, pharmacy, medical imaging department, rehabilitation services, surgical and nursing services, among other medical center areas.

Class of 2013 New Vision students are (back row, left to right): Kati Buck (SL), Megan Kilroy (SL), Regan Kieffer (SL), Alex Beaudoin (SL), Craig Leahy (SL), Jasmine Keese (TL), Haley Brandes (LP), Alison Riley-Clark (Instructor) Front row, left to right: Erin Ryan (SL), Jennifer McGuoirk (SL), Kaelene Johnson (SL), Brittany Burdt (SL), Vashti McCormick (SL), Emily Waters (Long Lake), Rhonda Meserole (Instructor).

About the New Vision program:

  • The New Vision Program is in its tenth year of existence at AMC.
  • The New Vision program’s challenging college preparatory curriculum includes English, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, government, economics and current health topics such as confidentiality, ethics, cultural diversity, human development, infection control, health care funding and the history of health care.
  • The requirements to participate are demanding: Students must demonstrate above average written and verbal skills, they must have completed three years of science and three years of math, they must be recommended by their guidance counselor and principal, and they must meet health standards for working in hospital settings.
  • Upon completion of the program, participating students will have earned 13 credit hours fromNorth CountryCommunity College.

New Vision is a division of the Adirondack Educational Center and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services Sole Supervisory District of Franklin,Essexand Hamilton Counties (BOCES).  For more information about the program, contact Alison Riley-Clark at (518) 897-2207.

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