North Shore-LIJ Helps New Queens High School Launch EMT Program

 GREAT NECK, NY – High schoolers across New York City are getting ready to go back to school.  But some ninth graders in Queens are also setting their sights on careers in healthcare as they prepare to enter the inaugural class at the new Institute of Health Professions (The Institute) at Cambria Heights.

 The Institute on Tuesday held a special ceremony to commemorate the opening of the new Career and Technical Education high school, including students and their parents attending orientation, teachers and other staff members.  The program also welcomed the school’s partners: the Institute for Student Achievement, the New York City Department of Education, the North Shore-LIJ Health System and its Center for Learning and Innovation and Hofstra University.  Founding principal Gareth Robinson welcomed a large group in the school’s auditorium and New York City School Chancellor Dennis Walcott was among several speakers.

 The Institute’s curriculum has a strong focus on technical education and science, and encourages all students to graduate high school and obtain a four-year college degree.  The school offers two pathways for success: an individualized approach to prepare students to attend four-year colleges, and a second component that includes career-readiness training in healthcare professions.  The school’s first class of 100 ninth graders will have the option of taking coursework leading to either certification as an emergency medical technician (EMT) or nursing assistant.

 North Shore-LIJ will focus on a program to help train students to become EMTs.  Upon graduation, students who select the EMT track will be eligible to take the New York State exam and be certified to work as EMTs.

 “Students who opt to become an EMT will follow the exact same program medical students at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine follow during the first nine weeks of their first semester,” David Battinelli, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer at North Shore-LIJ, said at the opening event.  “Students will train in their community and get exposure to real-world emergency training in various settings.  New EMT graduates will have marketable skills and be highly competitive in the healthcare industry.”

 Kathleen Gallo, PhD, RN, senior vice president and chief learning officer at North Shore-LIJ, said, “It’s an exciting opportunity for North Shore-LIJ to serve as an industry partner with the Institute because we are able to help create an innovate healthcare program for high school students from the ground up, and also give back to the communities in Queens that we serve.”

As part of the EMT curriculum, Dr. Gallo noted, students will visit the health system’s Center for Emergency Medical Services in Syosset, NY, and the Center for Learning and Innovation and its Patient Safety Institute in Lake Success, NY, to practice basic and complex medical procedures on high-fidelity patient simulators.  “There is no substitute for hands-on training and students can hone their clinical skills without risk to patients.”  In addition, the health system will build a “learning lab” with EMT training equipment, including two donated patient simulators that respond like a real person but allows students to practice their communications and clinical skills without harm.

Go to the attached link to a video about the Institute’s opening ceremony;


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