Donald F. Slish (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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*:
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
Attendance 100 pts. B 83-86
Report 100 pts. B- 80-82
Total 200 pts/1 = 100 % C+ 77-79
E < 62
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.