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Surgical Technology Program Director Named to Accreditation Board

Scott A. Geist

Scott A. Geist, Surgical Technology Program director at Pennsylvania College of Technology, was recently appointed to the eight-member Board of Directors of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

Geist has served as an ARC/STSA accreditation site visitor since 2009. His three-year term on its Board of Directors will begin June 1.

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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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Penn College Makes Friends, Memories at State Farm Show

Culinary arts and systems majors Brianna E. Bucklin (left), of Whitehall, and Victoria L. Zablocky, of Jersey Shore, serve vegetable-filled hush puppies and slaw to audience members.

Penn College’s exciting two- and four-year majors were on display throughout the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg (Jan. 10-17), where representatives of the Admissions Office and the college’s six academic schools entertained, educated – and even fed – the throng attending the traditional agricultural expo.

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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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Students Celebrate National Surgical Technologists Week

Pennsylvania College of Technology surgical technology students painted a campus landmark in honor of National Surgical Technologists Week. Atop the rock, from left, are: Reda A. Vermilya, of Turbotville; Holly M. Neely, of Lebanon; Ronald M. Furr, of Sunbury; Victoria L. Candelora, of Shamokin; Ashley Holmes, of Muncy; and Chelsea E. Oldt, of Muncy. Ground level, from left: Leah M. Aldrich, of Hallstead; Emeka K. Okereh, of Williamsport; Jade E. Stover, of Jersey Shore; Rachel L. Carlson, of Blossburg; Nola C. Hitchens, of Williamsport; Margaret H. Hartman, of Leesport; Liliya S. Stefanovich, of Port Matilda; and Allison M. Fowler, of East Berlin.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s surgical technology Class of 2015 is joining hospitals and colleges throughout the U.S. in celebrating National Surgical Technologists Week, Sept. 21-27.

The week is promoted through the Association of Surgical Technologists to recognize this important segment of the health care field. To celebrate, Penn College students painted “The Rock,” a unique campus “billboard,” and were treated to a surprise lunch to start off the week.

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The Power of an Ally: Academic Mentors Provide Another Resource for Success

Joshua I. Bobenrieth meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar's Office.
Joshua I. Bobenrieth meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar’s Office.
Human services student Stacey L. French, right, praises the support of her mentor Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of commuter services, who encouraged her when she could just as easily given up.
Human services student Stacey L. French, right, praises the support of her mentor Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of commuter services, who encouraged her when she could just as easily given up.

A student faced with leaving school remains, thanks in large part to an academic mentor who went the extra mile to seek help from other staff. Academic mentors are Penn College employees who volunteer to meet regularly with students who seek guidance and moral support. Read the full story in the Fall 2014 One College Avenue.

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Mirroring Their Hosts, Career Day Visitors Learn by Doing

After learning about construction materials, students from Milton Area Middle School explore Penn College student projects.
After learning about construction materials, students from Milton Area Middle School explore Penn College student projects.
Michael K. Patterson, welding lecturer, talks about his career path from a high school student who attended a Career Day to a National Science Foundation welder in Antarctica to a metalwork artist and entrepreneur.
Michael K. Patterson, welding lecturer, talks about his career path from a high school student who attended a Career Day to a National Science Foundation welder in Antarctica to a metalwork artist and entrepreneur.
Students apply mortar to fabricated stone in the Construction Masonry Building.
Students apply mortar to fabricated stone in the Construction Masonry Building.
Students use operating-room tools in surgical technology.
Students use operating-room tools in surgical technology.
Students practice game programming with Microsoft Kodu.
Students practice game programming with Microsoft Kodu.

More than 900 middle schoolers and their chaperones visited main campus Monday, attending faculty-led sessions in many Penn College majors, all to give them a taste of career options. The event, which attracted eight school districts, was coordinated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office.

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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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Got a Minute? Take a ‘Class’ Trip to Penn College!

"Your Class in 60 Seconds"
“Your Class in 60 Seconds”

A new video initiative joins the highlights on the Penn College YouTube Channel: “Your Class in 60 Seconds” allows faculty and students to showcase specific courses and provide prospective students with a sense of what they could experience at the college. The first two videos of the series focus on dental radiology lab with Kimberly A. Speicher, instructor of dental hygiene, and the basics of surgical technology, facilitated by students who have completed the Introduction to Surgical Technology and Patient Care Concepts course. The short videos are produced by the College Information and Community Relations office. As with all Penn College videos, the campus community is encouraged to share these latest offerings in social media circles.

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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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Penn College Students Celebrate Surgical Technologist Week

Students enrolled in the Surgical Technology Program at Pennsylvania College of Technology gather for a photo as they celebrate National Surgical Technologist Week.

Students in the Surgical Technology Program at Pennsylvania College of Technology gathered Sept. 16 to celebrate National Surgical Technologist week, observed annually the third week of September.

Surgical technologists are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. Surgical technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly and that operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

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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

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Women’s Panel Brings International Students’ Perspective to College Audience

Panelists, from left, are Lycoming College students Anna Tietzel, from Germany; Ellen Laur, Great Britain, and Quynh Vu, Vietnam; and Penn College student Hanan Almuhathab, a surgical technology major from Saudi Arabia.
Panelists, from left, are Lycoming College students Anna Tietzel, from Germany; Ellen Laur, Great Britain, and Quynh Vu, Vietnam; and Penn College student Hanan Almuhathab, a surgical technology major from Saudi Arabia.

International students from Penn College and Lycoming College shared their experiences during a Global Women’s Panel discussion held Thursday in the Bush Campus Center. The discussion was coordinated by Malinda Love, assistant director of student activities for diversity and cultural life at Penn College (seated at far right in the accompanying photo), and Jean Wool, executive assistant for student affairs and Multicultural Awareness Group adviser at Lycoming College.

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‘Surgical Technologist Week’ Honors Integral Part of OR Team

Students' library display honors surgical technologists.
Students’ library display honors surgical technologists.
Gathering in celebration
Gathering in celebration

The surgical technology program in Penn College’s School of Health Sciences celebrated National Surgical Technologist Week – Sept. 16-21 – by setting up an educational display on the ground floor of the Madigan Library and sharing a celebratory lunch. Surgical technologists are vital members of the surgical team. They help to enhance surgical safety, prevent surgical site infections and achieve successful outcomes. Surgical technologists use their expertise to prepare the operating room. During procedures, the surgical technologist stands next to the surgeon and the patient, helping the surgeon with equipment throughout the surgery, expediting surgical procedures by swiftly passing and skillfully using appropriate surgical instruments, and monitoring surgical instruments and supplies to ensure no foreign objects are retained. Surgical technologists are specifically trained and responsible for maintaining the integrity of the sterile field.