SARANAC LAKE - Continuing a tradition of challenging curriculum and first-hand learning, the New Vision Program at Adirondack Medical Center welcomed a new crop of students at the start of the school year.
This educational program, now in its sixth year of existence at AMC, offers high school seniors the opportunity to gain onsite hospital experience and learn about health care careers. The students meet in the New Vision classroom in the LaTour Building adjacent to AMC and interact with staff and hospital personnel who take time to explain and teach the students about health care careers and assist them as they pursue their college educations.
The students rotate throughout the different areas of the hospital including the emergency room, cancer center, intensive care unit, medical imaging, rehabilitation services, administration, laboratory, surgical and nursing services. The students receive important observational experiences to help them make decisions about their future and any highly skilled or specialized positions they dream of holding some day.
This year’s New Vision Class includes seven students from Saranac Lake and three from Tupper Lake. Comprising this year’s class are instructors Rhonda Meserole, left, and Alison Riley-Clark, right, and students, back row, from left to right, Emily Labarge (TL), Sarah Paiement (TL), Byran LaRoe (SL), Alex Beideck (SL), Brian Wolff (SL); (front row – left to right) Maegan Meade (SL), Alyssa Houle (TL), Emily Lennon (SL), Sara Preston (SL) and Emmett Garnish (SL).
(Photo courtesy of AMC)
The staff at AMC works hard to make this experience not only educational for the students, but also unique and engaging. For example, the individual clinical areas have developed activities and information that they share with the students. The lab will show the students preserved slides of various blood disorders, the pharmacy will demonstrate how IV medications are prepared, and each of the students has the opportunity to learn about diabetes education first hand by testing their own blood glucose.
"There are 10 students enrolled this year," says Alison Riley-Clark, RN BSN, and New Vision Instructor. "I want to thank every staff person who interacts with the students; because of their efforts, each student has begun a wonderful experience."
The 10 students enrolled in the class will begin their rotation throughout the hospital in late October each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.
The requirements to attend the class are quite demanding: They 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 high school guidance counselor and principal, and they must meet health standards for working in hospital settings.
Upon completion of the program, participating students will have secured 13 credit hours from North Country Community College, which are transferable. Riley-Clark noted that a majority of the students from the New Vision Program have gone on to four-year college programs with the intent of pursuing a health care career.