Medical Professionals Speak to Career Academy

Three prominent medical professionals visited East Islip at the end of the 2011-12 school year for a special symposium, speaking to the students that have enrolled in East Islip High School’s new Medical and Health Technology Career Academy program, which will begin in September 2012.

Joanne Snapp, director of admissions for Hofstra Medical College, discussed the requirements necessary for pursuing a career in the medical field and answered questions from the students. Snapp offered them a tour of the college and the opportunity to visit Hofstra’s new medical school.  “She told them that she was very impressed with the new Medical Academy and is willing to help them with anything to prepare for college,” said Israel Malinowitzer, the director of the Career Academies. “She did suggest that students planning to attend a medical school should become familiar with the school’s requirements and make sure they are taking as many science classes as they can. She also told them to send their transcripts to Hofstra Medical College because there may be some special opportunities for them coming from the Career Academy program.”

A second speaker was Carol Boyer, the corporate human resources director of compensation strategies at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. Boyer detailed the different jobs available at North Shore-LIJ and what skills are required for those jobs. “She also was very supportive of the program,” remarked Malinowitzer. “She volunteered to be a part of the advisory committee going forward next year.”

The final speaker was Alexandra Lucs, a bio-researcher at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, who told the fascinated students about the research projects she has worked on during her career.  

Malinowitzer said, “The symposium was a huge success. It opened the students’ eyes as to what they need to do now in order to prepare for their senior year and after graduation. We plan on having many more symposium meetings after school throughout the 2012-13 school year. Our goal is to provide our students with every bit of information they will need to compete against other students who are applying to these medical schools. We also want them to have an edge as far as knowing the people who are involved in the field and closely connected to the colleges.”

The symposium was arranged by Cheryl Davidson, the director of workforce readiness for North Shore-LIJ. Davidson, who will serve on the Medical and Health Technology Career Academy’s advisory committee, recently donated 40 North Shore-LIJ hospital lab jackets for each of the students in the Academy. Headquartered in Great Neck, the North Shore-LIJ healthcare network has become a major supporter of the new EI Career Academy. Joseph Cabral, North Shore-LIJ’s senior vice president and chief human resources officer, has already met and personally corresponded with the Academy’s students and offered them internships. Cabral, who also serves as the coordinator of the new Long Island STEM Hub, plans to take a more active role as an advisor to the new Career Academy during 2012-13.