BIO 114                                           Introduction to the Health Professions


Donald F. Slish (                                  Office: 325 Hudson

Office Hours: Mon., & Wed. 10-11 AM, Thurs. 2 PM (or other times by appointment)



This course was designed to provide a survey of the options available in the field of health care.  It is an opportunity for students who are interested in the health care to become exposed to some of the wide range of professions that are available.  Each week a health care practitioner will give a 30-40 minute talk followed by a question and answer period.


Schedule of Presenters*:

Date                            Presenter                                Profession                 

Aug. 27th                       Donald Slish                           Pre-Health at SUNYP

Sept. 3rd                       Justin Sibley                           Physicianís Assistant 

Sept. 10th                       Daryl Lamson                         Research Scientist

Sept. 17th                           Dr. Roger Knakal                    Physiatry (Rehabilitation) M.D.

Sept. 24th                     Jose de Ondarza                      Med Tech/Cytotechnology

Oct. 1st                            Maria Szmiegel                         Dentistry

Oct. 8th                        Sgt. Bart Anderson                 Army Medical Scholarships

Oct. 15th                      David Stinson                         Anesthesiologist (M.D.)         

Oct. 22nd                        SUNY Upstate Medical         Biomedical Sciences (Ph.D. )            

Oct. 29th                      Kim Orcchio                            Physical Therapy                                            

Nov. 5th                          Gail Harris                               Test Prep (Kaplan)

Nov. 12th                        Sara Robinson                         University of Buffalo Pharmacy        

Nov. 19th                     TBA                                          TBA

Dec. 3rd                                    Final Week - hand in final report

* These presenters are somewhat tentative and may change.




Your grade will be based on two things; attendance and a short paper submitted at the end of the semester:                    

Grading Scale:                        A      > 95

                                                                                                A-        90-94

                                                                                    B+        87-89

Attendance                 100 pts.                                               B         83-86

Report                         100 pts.                                               B-         80-82

Total                            200 pts/1 = 100 %                               C+        77-79

                                                                                                C         73-76

                                                                                                C-         70-72

                                                                                                D+        66-69

                                                                                                D         62-65

                                                                                                E            < 62

Attendance Policy 

A large part of your grade (50%) will be attendance.  Attendance is mandatory and an absence, excused or not, will cost 10 points.  MORE THAN 4 ABSENCES WILL RESULT IN A FAILURE.  This is an easy class - just show up.

This class is scheduled for 6:00 Ė 6:50.  Attendance will be taken between 5:50 and 5:55.  You must be here by 5:55 to get credit for attendance.   This is to show respect for our presenters, who are graciously donating their time, and to impress them with the professionalism of the students here at Plattsburgh State University.  While you are in class, you should be taking notes on the presentations, even if you donít think that you are interested in the profession (you may change your mind).  These notes will be important when you write your final report.



The report, which is due on the last day of class, December 3rd, will outline your career goals, describe how you came to your decision, and, especially, how you plan to achieve your goal.  Please donít start your essay with ďWhen I was a little boy I always wanted to be a doctor.Ē  Even if itís true, itís trite and boring.  What Iím going to be looking for is maturity.  Do you really understand what this profession entails?  Do you really know what it will take to enter the field?

 Itís especially important to discuss the process of getting into the school that you want.  You will need to do on-line research to do this.  For example, if you want to be a veterinarian, you need to do the following:  1.) Research Vet schools to see which schools you are interested in.  2.) Determine the entrance requirements. 3.) Find the average GPA's and GRE's accepted applicants at that school.  4.) Discuss what types of Vet sciences are there (to show that you understand the field).  5.) Discuss which specialty you'd like and why.  6.) Determine what your strategy will be if you don't get into vet school right after college. In other words, you need to show me that you are beyond having a vague notion of your career choice and have made a serious, adult decision.

If you still arenít sure what career you would like to choose, you should treat this as an academic exercise.  Write the paper on a career that you find interesting, and write it as if you have made this decision.  Do all the research necessary to make a good paper.  This exercise will give you the skills to succeed when you have made a decision.