Staff members, family, and friends gathered together to recognize the accomplishments of this year’s eight graduates of New York Methodist Hospital’s School of Medical Technology. The graduates earned this well-deserved praise by completing a rigorous fulltime program that encompasses both the theory and practice of medical technology.
The NYM School of Medical Technology is affiliated with several area colleges. Students attend college for three years and then take classes and do a clinical internship at the hospital for the fourth year. On successful completion of the program, they receive a bachelor of science degree from their college, a certificate from the hospital and — upon passing the registry examination administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists — professional accreditation.
Rabia N. Mir, chair of pathology and laboratory medicine at NYM, congratulated the graduates and enumerated the many career possibilities for medical technologists. “Each of you completed a highly rated program in medical technology,” she said. “There is a great deal that all of you can do. Medical technology is a diverse field with numerous opportunities.”
The graduates have a range of opportunities they can pursue, such as acting as a specialist within microbiology or molecular biology, working in a clinical practice area, serving government agencies, or embarking upon a career in marketing and sales.
Lori Burkard, program director of NYM’s School of Medical Technology, urged the graduates to view their backgrounds in medical technology as knowledge that will not only lead to long and satisfying careers, but will also enable them to change the world. “Think of your completion of this program as your ticket to change the world,” she said.
Graduate Charlene-Jay Morgan, resident of Jamaica, Queens, gave the student remarks and expressed the graduates’ appreciation for being able to study at New York Methodist Hospital. “We are grateful to be at one of New York’s greatest hospitals,” she said. “We wouldn’t have been able to gain such enormous knowledge without our lab experience and the medical technologists that helped us along the way. We look forward to a future of serving humanity.”
Joining Morgan as members of the School of Medical Technology’s class of 2008 are Edna Blaber, of Flushing, Queens; Olga Brandt, of Bay Ridge; Noel Jones of Crown Heights; Alicia Lovell, of East Flatbush; Sumeen Mahmood, of Bay Ridge; Courtney Rubin, of Cobble Hill; and Sarah Tang, of Bensonhurst.
For more on New York Methodist’s School of Medical Technology, 506 Sixth Street between Seventh & Eighth avenues, a division of the hospital’s Center for Allied Health Education, call 718-645-3500.