Teen with medical issues receives surprise drive-thru birthday celebration - Clarksville Now

Teen with medical issues receives surprise drive-thru birthday celebration - Clarksville Now Teen with medical issues receives surprise drive-thru birthday celebration - Clarksville Now Posted: 23 Nov 2020 11:05 AM PST CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW) – Even though it was cloudy and a little rainy Sunday that didn't dampen the spirits of the many people who turned out to wish Zachariah Vazquez a happy 13 th birthday. More than 30 vehicles with family and friends participated in the drive-by parade at his home on Barrywood Circle. That included members of the Clarksville Police Department, Clarksville Fire Rescue and Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services. Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts and Cynthia Pitts were special guests in the parade with the mayor presenting Vazquez with a certificate of appointment as honorary mayor of the day for Clarksville. Vazquez said this was the best birthday

Sullivan University Medical Assistant Program ranked Kentucky's best - The Lane Report

Sullivan University Medical Assistant Program ranked Kentucky's best - The Lane Report

Sullivan University Medical Assistant Program ranked Kentucky's best - The Lane Report

Posted: 21 Oct 2020 12:00 AM PDT

Sullivan UniversityLOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Medical Assisting program at Sullivan University's Lexington campus has been ranked the top medical assisting program in Kentucky.

The No. 1 ranking of Sullivan's Associate of Science in Medical Assisting was announced by Medical Assistant Advice, an online site of educators and medical assistant professionals who bring their experience and expertise to guide current medical assistants or those who are seeking information on the profession.

In the announcement, Medical Assistant Advice says that Sullivan's program – which takes around 18 months to complete – trains students in both the front and back office functions of medical assisting. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

"The skills you master include scheduling appointments, patient record keeping, billing and insurance, drawing blood, taking vital signs, administration of medications, EKGs (Electrocardiogram), and assisting the physician during minor procedures carried out at the medical office," the announcement said. "Besides, you will learn about keyboarding essentials, public speaking, professional development, and also participate in two externships at local medical settings."

"Recognition of program quality by outside agencies or peers demonstrates excellence," said Jill Ferrari, director of Sullivan University's Medical Assisting Program. "This will only solidify our reputation in our community more soundly as being a competent source of quality graduates for employment."

Medical assistants are the medical professionals who complete administrative and clerical tasks in hospitals, doctors' offices and clinics. They also take a patient's temperature, check their blood pressure and discuss ailments and symptoms with the patient. In addition, medical assistants also have a keen understanding of medical billing and computerized medical records.

The career outlook for medical assistants is strong.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that the medical assisting job market is projected to grow at 19 percent through 2029, "much faster" than the average career growth rate of 4 percent. In Kentucky, the growth rate through 2028 is 13.7 percent, according to Projections Central, which projects employment and job growth in all 50 states.

In 2017, 80 percent of Sullivan graduates passed the national Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), on the first try, compared to the national average pass rate of 60 percent.

"As illustrated in our certification exam pass and employment rates, most of our graduates pass the certification test after graduation, and are then able to get a job in the field" Ferrari said.

Ferrari said the career-ready relevancy of the curriculum is strengthened through the support of a community advisory board that is made up on employers, program graduates and community members who advise Sullivan on how to make the curriculum as relevant as possible for future medical assistants. The advisory board also assists in evaluating the program, which leads to improvements based on members' recommendations.

Medical Assistant Advice synthesizes data from the College Navigator, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Medical assisting programs are scored on MedicalAssistantAdvice.com Editorial Staff Ratings, Graduation Rate, Average Net Price, Admission Rate, Full-Time Retention Rate, and Total Number of Students Enrolled for the Medical Assisting Program.

Brown EMS incorporates online mentorship to foster new group of recruits - The Brown Daily Herald

Posted: 18 Nov 2020 07:27 PM PST

This year, BEMS adapted to COVID-19 by training all incoming staff for free over the fall semester through a virtual academy.

The lessons are designed by current volunteers, approved by certified personnel and taught and "overseen by licensed instructor coordinators," Director of Emergency Management for Health and Wellness Amy Sanderson said. They waived any costs due the financial hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

New acceptees to BEMS typically take an EMT course and test for their licenses at Brown or through another accredited institution, typically over the summer, Vivian Van '21, a BEMS Basic Life Support supervisor, told The Herald. They continue their in-person training as recruits in the fall by assisting more experienced BEMS members — the supervisors — on calls, where they continue to refine their skills that involve directly treating and caring for a patient. 

They can eventually go on to become crew members and supervisors, she said.

To provide these new trainees with hands-on experience, the staff have devised "fun and engaging activities," Van said. 

For example, they're incorporating videos and Kahoot games into their Zoom lessons and sending out kits with some medical supplies for recruits to practice with, according to Emily Pham '21, training officer and Basic Life Support supervisor at EMS. She added that the instructors now describe the medical administration process in greater detail since trainees cannot get direct experience with some skills at home.

Recruit Abigail Barton '22 appreciates the hours she gets to spend weekly this fall in virtual BEMS classes. "The trainings have been run really well, and I think that (the EMS teaching staff) took on an incredible amount" and have "been doing a really great job," she said.

Barton, like some other EMS members, doesn't intend to pursue a career as a physician, but rather joined EMS because of her interest in community-building and care. 

Though not getting to train recruits in person is not ideal, Pham said BEMS aims "to augment our graining to be the best service that we can be for our campus," for which this training is essential.


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