The New Vision Medical Career Program provides an
exciting “new vision” of blended academic, experiential learning, and
career education, targeting high school seniors with an interest in medical careers.
Members of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board
received a presentation on the program from Finger Lakes Technical & Career
Center Instructor Laura Van Niel, M.S. at March’s board meeting earlier this
week. Accompanying Ms. Van Niel were three current students who spoke of their
experiences in the program.
by Finger Lakes Health and the Finger Lakes Technical & Career Center (part
of Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES) for component school districts, this program
allows students to explore medical careers.
Qualified high school students must apply in the winter of their junior
year for the competitive selection process.
interdisciplinary approach, students master Nursing Assistant competencies
useful in a wide-range of careers that enable them to interact with patients
and medical staff while on 24 clinical rotation sites. Rotation sites are arranged in 4, 6-week
blocks of analogous units; Diagnostic, Acute Care, Unique Populations, and Surgical to enhance
students’ understanding of patient/resident care, increase retention of
clinical knowledge, and master system-based practices. Computer Based learning modules introduce
students to specific principles and medical-surgical disorders of human organ
systems they are likely to observe while on rotation. Directed Experiences outline each rotation,
providing a guide for students to be proactive about their learning
opportunities. The hospital based
interdisciplinary classroom approach allows students to study health sciences,
English, government, and economics simultaneously and apply this practice-based
learning throughout the132-bed general acute care hospital.
Graduates from the program have been accepted at over 170 post-secondary institutions in 29 states; 3 Ivy League Universities, the U.S. Naval and Army Academies, and various direct entry (accelerated) professional programs.