Workshop Focuses on Career Paths in Healthcare

Workshop Focuses on Career Paths in Healthcare

Guided by business teacher Jill Perry-Eising, the high school hosted an April 27 mini Career Day focused on healthcare. The event, held in the school’s library, was the result of past recommendations by the district’s school/industry advisory board, which suggested that in addition to the school’s fall Career Day for freshmen, Deer Park should hold smaller, industry specific Career Days for juniors and seniors. Student surveys indicated strong interest in healthcare careers.

“We chose to target juniors before they go on college visits this summer and apply to healthcare programs next fall, as well as seniors before they head off to college,” said Perry-Eising. “Meeting with professionals in the healthcare industry at this point in their high school tenure may help these students choose colleges and majors.”

During the event, a panel discussion was held with five healthcare professionals: Joanne Banaciski, a registered nurse at New York Presbyterian Hospital; Thomas Gallo, a physician’s assistant and healthcare attorney at Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppmann; Brian Meltzer, the executive director of clinical development at Adare Pharmaceuticals; Scott Reynolds, an athletic trainer and physical therapist; and Deer Park resident Carlene Williams, a registered nurse at Huntington Hospital and St. Joseph’s College professor. These visitors spoke about their career paths in the industry before taking questions from the students. The workshop concluded with the healthcare professionals circulating around to the students’ tables to foster one-on-one conversations.