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Radiography Students Hold Their Own in ‘Technibowl’ Competition

Penn College radiography students compete at Hershey
Penn College radiography students compete at Hershey

Radiography students recently attended a “Technibowl” competition at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, competing with similar schools in the immediate area (Geisinger Medical Center, Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences, College of Misericordia, Penn State and the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences). Two-student teams from all schools participated in three rounds of 30 board certification-style questions, with points earned for each correct answer. Penn State claimed the top three places. While students from each school were at different points in their education – Penn College students won’t graduate for nearly a year after some of their competitors – Jessica L. Reed, of South Williamsport, and Aaron R. Curry, of Hamburg, finished just out of third place. Georgia T. Grey, clinical supervisor, and Karen L. Plankenhorn, interim clinical director, chaperoned the group.
Photo by Karen L. Plankenhorn

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Students Read Body Language of Artists’ Inner Vision

From the radiography lab to the art gallery, students enjoy an inspired view of inner workings. From left: Nicole L. Brungard, Conor D. Flynn, Danielle J. Shindledecker and Taylor E. Hoffman.
From the radiography lab to the art gallery, students enjoy an inspired view of inner workings. From left: Nicole L. Brungard, Conor D. Flynn, Danielle J. Shindledecker and Taylor E. Hoffman.
Exploring the heart of the matter
Exploring the heart of the matter
Student gallery assistant Ainsley R. Bennett (appropriately gloved for the task) offers the students a glimpse of the original X-ray on the back of one of the abstract pieces.
Student gallery assistant Ainsley R. Bennett (appropriately gloved for the task) offers the students a glimpse of the original X-ray on the back of one of the abstract pieces.
Shindledecker inspects an artistic interpretation of a cranial scan.
Shindledecker inspects an artistic interpretation of a cranial scan.
A full-bodied look at radiography rock stars! From left are Flynn, Hoffman, Brungard and Shindledecker.
A full-bodied look at radiography rock stars! From left are Flynn, Hoffman, Brungard and Shindledecker.

“We see X-rays all the time, but I never thought someone would take one and make art out of it,” said Danielle J. Shindledecker on a Tuesday visit to The Gallery at Penn College. The Fairfield resident was joined by three other students enrolled in applied health studies: radiography concentration on an outing to see “A View Within,” an exhibit blending medical technology and fiber art. Nicole L. Brungard, of Jersey Shore; Conor D. Flynn, Williamsport; and Taylor E. Hoffman, Marietta, also took in the artistic interpretations of body images captured by CT scans, MRIs, X-rays and ultrasounds. The two-person show offers realistic and abstract translations of the same body images, and the students said they enjoyed seeing the different perspectives of the artists’ visions. “This exhibit is entitled ‘A View Within.’ which is a perfect fit with our upcoming Radiologic Technology Week (Nov. 8-14) theme of ‘Discovering the Inside Story,'” said Karen L. Plankenhorn, interim clinical director for radiography. The exhibit runs through Nov. 1 on the third floor of Madigan Library.

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Awash in Pink, Radiography Seniors Heighten Awareness

Joining students in the classroom photo-op are Lauren E. Reed (standing at left), clinical supervisor;  Georgia T. Grey (standing at right), clinical supervisor; and Plankenhorn (standing, second from right).
Joining students in the classroom photo-op are Lauren E. Reed (standing at left), clinical supervisor; Georgia T. Grey (standing at right), clinical supervisor; and Plankenhorn (standing, second from right).

Seniors in the School of Health Sciences’ radiography major were encouraged to dress for a “Pink Out” during their Pediatric and Trauma Radiography class this week. “I teach the class, but also teach Mammography,” said Karen L. Plankenhorn, interim clinical director, “so I try to incorporate breast-cancer awareness during the month of October.”
Photo by Cletus G. Waldman Jr., interim director of radiography

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Diagnosis: Future – Campers Examine Potential Health Careers

Bambi A. Hawkins, learning laboratory coordinator for the paramedic program, shows a camper proper hand placement to create a “seal” when using a bag valve mask to provide oxygen.
Bambi A. Hawkins, learning laboratory coordinator for the paramedic program, shows a camper proper hand placement to create a “seal” when using a bag valve mask to provide oxygen.
An important part of a fitness assessment, campers record one another’s blood pressure in the exercise science major.
An important part of a fitness assessment, campers record one another’s blood pressure in the exercise science major.
A camper uses a laparoscopic camera and surgical tools in the surgical technology lab.
A camper uses a laparoscopic camera and surgical tools in the surgical technology lab.
With assistance from a Penn College student, a camper positions radiographic equipment as she prepares to X-ray her smartphone.
With assistance from a Penn College student, a camper positions radiographic equipment as she prepares to X-ray her smartphone.
A camper shows the results of her work in the dental hygiene lab: a model of her teeth.
A camper shows the results of her work in the dental hygiene lab: a model of her teeth.

Penn College’s School of Health Sciences was the destination for 30 high schoolers attending Health Careers Camp, a joint, two-day program of the college and Susquehanna Health. The camp offers students a chance to explore careers in the health care field. Students entering grades nine to 12 attended hands-on workshops Wednesday and Thursday in the college’s exercise science, paramedic technology, occupational therapy assistant, physician assistant, nursing, radiography, dental hygiene and surgical technology majors. To round out their experience, they toured Susquehanna Health’s Williamsport Hospital.

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Emergency Scenarios Aid Students’ Real-Life Readiness

While students from other majors observe, nursing student Amanda S. Kopczick, of Mifflinburg, takes the temperature of “patient” Kristina N. Varner, of Lewisburg.

Around 250 students and employees from the School of Health Sciences participated in three days’ worth of emergency simulations on campus this week. In its third year, the exercise is known as the Interdisciplinary Professional Event and provides a unique opportunity for students and faculty from different majors within the School of Health Sciences to collaboratively care for patients.

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Small-Group Discussions Reflect Big-Picture Import of Health Care Collaboration

Whit Worman, director of Penn College's physician assistant program, facilitates a discussion that includes Kyle G. Stavinski, an emergency medical services major from Elysburg (left) and physician assistant student Kevin Z. Richardson, of Williamsport.
Whit Worman, director of Penn College’s physician assistant program, facilitates a discussion that includes Kyle G. Stavinski, an emergency medical services major from Elysburg (left) and physician assistant student Kevin Z. Richardson, of Williamsport.
Scott A. Geist (left foreground), director of the surgical technology program, and Cletus G. Waldman Jr. (right-center), clinical director of radiography, engage their roundtable participants.
Scott A. Geist (left foreground), director of the surgical technology program, and Cletus G. Waldman Jr. (right-center), clinical director of radiography, engage their roundtable participants.
Heather S. Dorman, clinical director of physician assistant, lays out a scenario during the interactive exercise.
Heather S. Dorman, clinical director of physician assistant, lays out a scenario during the interactive exercise.
Mark A. Trueman (center), director of paramedic technology programs at the college, follows the flowing conversation.
Mark A. Trueman (center), director of paramedic technology programs at the college, follows the flowing conversation.

As part of an event that spanned northeastern and northcentral Pennsylvania and involved more than 1,000 students at various locations across the region, the sixth annual Collaborative Care Summit convened at Penn College on Wednesday. Nineteen dedicated  faculty/staff facilitators from a variety of health professions, including physicians, led discussions in the Bush Campus Center among students from several colleges and universities who are pursuing studies in a wide range of health disciplines. The Collaborative Care Summit is arranged by the Northeastern/Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition – of which Sharon K. Waters, associate dean of health sciences, is a member. Waters coordinated the Penn College event, and co-presented the opening session with Dr. Keith Shenberger, Susquehanna Health TCMC, which brought together about 100 students from Penn College, Lock Haven University, Wilkes University and The Commonwealth Medical College. The students participated in roundtable discussions of a medical case, learning from one another how each discipline contributes to a patient’s care. “The goal of interprofessional learning is to prepare all health professions students for deliberatively working together, with the goal of building a safer and better patient-centered and community-orientated health care system,” Waters explained. “It was impressive to hear what each student contributed to the interprofessional discussion and rewarding to know our students are being prepared to work  as a collaborative team toward quality patient care.” Student participants represented 10 professions, from paramedic to pharmacy to medicine to nursing. Simultaneous events were held in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre at Marywood University, The Commonwealth Medical College, The University of Scranton, Kings College and Misericordia University.

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Health Sciences Students Talk Team Approach to Patient Care

Tushanna M. Habalar (right foreground), learning laboratory coordinator for nursing education, was among the facilitators for Friday's interdisciplinary exercise.
Tushanna M. Habalar (right foreground), learning laboratory coordinator for nursing education, was among the facilitators for Friday’s interdisciplinary exercise.

Students representing nearly all of the majors in the School of Health Sciences gathered in the Thompson Professional Development Center on Friday to learn from one another as they discussed their differing roles in a medical case. The “tabletop” Interdisciplinary Professional Event is designed to help Penn College students understand the perspectives and duties of others on a medical team in the interest of holistic treatment for their future patients. The school provides its students with a hands-on IPE in the spring, when actors simulate medical emergencies across campus.
Photo by Kim A. Speicher, dental hygiene instructor

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Radiography Seniors Hold ‘Pink Out’

Clinical supervisors Lauren E. Reed (far left, back row) and Karen L. Plankenhorn (far right, back row) join the senior class of radiographers in a "Pink Out."
Clinical supervisors Lauren E. Reed (far left, back row) and Karen L. Plankenhorn (far right, back row) join the senior class of radiographers in a “Pink Out.”

Honoring a traditional October observance that is closely aligned with their chosen career path, radiography seniors observed a “Pink Out” on Wednesday. “I encouraged my class to dress in pink … in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said  Karen L. Plankenhorn, clinical supervisor for radiography. “I worked as a mammographer prior to coming to the college and I teach the Mammography class in the spring, so breast-cancer awareness is near and dear to me.”
Photo by Cletus G. Waldman Jr., clinical director for radiography

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Simulated Emergencies Help Students Hone Treatment-Team Roles

A crew deals with a kidney-stone attack in the Bush Campus Center TV lounge, preparing to transport the "patient" to the ATHS radiography lab.
A crew deals with a kidney-stone attack in the Bush Campus Center TV lounge, preparing to transport the “patient” to the ATHS radiography lab.
An emergency response, as seen from overhead in the ATHS
An emergency response, as seen from overhead in the ATHS
A simulated angina patient, stricken in the dental hygiene clinic, talks with physician assistant and nursing students after transport to the ER.
A simulated angina patient, stricken in the dental hygiene clinic, talks with physician assistant and nursing students after transport to the ER.
Adam J. Miller, a Penn College instructional development specialist and pre-physician assistant student, captures a scenario on video.
Adam J. Miller, a Penn College instructional development specialist and pre-physician assistant student, captures a scenario on video.
Communication with the "injured"
Communication with the “injured”

To facilitate collaboration among various health disciplines, the School of Health Sciences staged a series of mock health emergencies on campus this week. Approximately 195 students from eight of the school’s programs – Dental Hygiene, Health Information Technology, Paramedic, Physician Assistant, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Radiography and Surgical Technology – participated in the event as health professionals, actors and observers. The event presented an opportunity for the students to develop relationships with other health care students and a better understanding of their role. More than 50 faculty and staff members facilitated the event across three days.
Photos by Cletus G. Waldman, clinical director, radiography; and Kim A. Speicher, dental hygiene instructor

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Memorial Scholarship Established for Radiography Graduate

A scholarship has been created at Pennsylvania College of Technology memorializing Bethany G. Hughes, an August graduate of the college’s radiography program who was killed in an automobile accident in Fairfield Township on Nov. 22.

The Bethany Hughes Memorial Radiography Scholarship has been established by the Hughes family: her father, Charles; mother, Kathleen; and sister, Heidi.

The scholarship is endowed and will generate initial awards of $1,000 annually. It will benefit full-time radiography students in their second year of study who have completed their first summer clinical experience and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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Annual Summit Spotlights Interdisciplinary Approach to Health Care

Shannon D. Synoracki, a Penn College physician assistant student, offers input.
Shannon D. Synoracki, a Penn College physician assistant student, offers input.
Small-group facilitator Barbara J. Natell, director of Penn College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, and Darren Mensch, a student from Wilkes University, listen to another student’s perspective.
Small-group facilitator Barbara J. Natell, director of Penn College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, and Darren Mensch, a student from Wilkes University, listen to another student’s perspective.
Walt Eisenhauer (with mustache), program chair for Lock Haven University’s physician assistant program, leads a discussion.
Walt Eisenhauer (with mustache), program chair for Lock Haven University’s physician assistant program, leads a discussion.
Small-group discussion fills the air in the Bush Campus Center.
Small-group discussion fills the air in the Bush Campus Center.

As part of an event that spanned northeastern and northcentral Pennsylvania and involved 805 students, the fifth annual Collaborative Care Summit convened at Penn College on Wednesday. Twenty-two facilitators from a variety of health professions, including physicians, led discussions in the Bush Campus Center among students from several colleges and universities who are pursuing studies in a wide range of health disciplines. The Collaborative Care Summit is arranged by the Northeastern/Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition – of which Sharon K. Waters, associate dean of health sciences, is a member. Waters facilitated the Penn College event, which brought together about 135 students from Penn College, Lock Haven University, Wilkes University, The Commonwealth Medical College and Marywood University. Dr. Keith Shenberger, of Susquehanna Health and The Commonwealth Medical College’s Williamsport Campus, co-presented both opening and closing presentations with Waters. The students participated in roundtable discussions of a medical case, learning from one another how each discipline contributes to a patient’s care. “The goal of interprofessional learning is to prepare all health-professions students for deliberatively working together, with the common goal of building a safer and better patient-centered and community/population-orientated U.S. health care system,” Waters explained. “It was so impressive to hear what each student contributed to the collaborative care interprofessional team approach in representing their respective health care discipline.” Student participants represented 15 professions, from dental hygiene to pharmacy to medicine to social work. Simultaneous events were held in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre at Marywood University, The Commonwealth Medical College, The University of Scranton, Kings College and Misericordia University.

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Discussions Train Student Focus on Interdisciplinary Approach to Patient Care

Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator in nursing education, guides a discussion.
Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator in nursing education, guides a discussion.
Health Sciences students and faculty fill Penn’s Inn with discussion groups.
Health Sciences students and faculty fill Penn’s Inn with discussion groups.

The School of Health Sciences hosted an Interdisciplinary Professional Event for students in select courses in its Physician Assistant, Nursing, Radiography, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Fitness Specialist programs Friday. About 150 students participated in two sessions that examined case studies and allowed students from the varying health care disciplines to discuss with one another their unique roles and interactions with the same patient.

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Pink-Clad Radiography Students Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

Radiography class observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Radiography class observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Students in the radiography Class of 2014 showed their support Wednesday for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by dressing in pink. Radiographers serve a vitally important role as a “hands-on” technical assistant to the radiologist, a physician who specializes in applications of all forms of ionizing radiation, including cancer treatment.
Photo by Cletus G. Waldman, clinical director for radiography

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Camp Provides Insight Into Potential Health Careers

Campers get a feel for the role of a surgical technologist in a Penn College laboratory.
Campers get a feel for the role of a surgical technologist in a Penn College laboratory.
Exploring the tools of the operating room, a participant performs surgery in the surgical technology lab.
Exploring the tools of the operating room, a participant performs surgery in the surgical technology lab.
A radiographer’s look at the skull – and those things so often attached to it.
A radiographer’s look at the skull – and those things so often attached to it.
Participants outfit themselves in one of the many uniforms a nurse might wear.
Participants outfit themselves in one of the many uniforms a nurse might wear.
Examining one’s bite in the dental hygiene laboratory
Examining one’s bite in the dental hygiene laboratory

Around 40 ninth- to 12th-graders stayed on campus this week to get a hands-on introduction to a variety of fields during Health Careers Camp. The two-day camp is presented by Penn College and Susquehanna Health. In addition to workshops in the School of Health Sciences, participants tour various Susquehanna Health facilities and interact with college students and faculty, as well as Susquehanna Health employees.
Photos by Whitnie-rae Mays, student photographer