BOCES’ New Visions program nurtures the next generation of healthcare

For many years, UR Medicine Thompson Health has been among the local organizations to partner with Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES New Vision programs for high school students interested in health care.

Students are a familiar sight on campus, watching as Thompson professionals augment on-site classroom learning. This year, in addition to students from the health therapy program, students from the medical program are also at Thompson.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome these students and their instructors. The students’ enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge is energizing, and we are honored to be part of their journey,” said President and CEO Michael F. Stapleton Jr.

At Thompson, Dr. Michael Tiffany teaches the Health Therapy Science course and Registered Nurse Hannah Young teaches the Medicine course. Both have students interested in a variety of career paths and while there are some differences, both offer college credit as well as a variety of internship/mentorship opportunities in a variety of healthcare settings. . There is also a medical program based at the Geneva General Hospital.

Tiffany has taught at Thompson for six years and with New Vision for eight years. While Young’s students attend classes at Thompson five days a week, his classes are at Thompson two days a week, with the other three at the BOCES Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center – which has a dedicated wellness center – in the hamlet of Flint.

“I can’t say enough about the programs,” he said. “The caliber of students we welcome is high and they are so well prepared when they arrive at university. I like to hear how well they are doing.

Sarah Brownlee, a senior at Victor High School who is among Young’s students in the medical class, said the program was “life changing,” not just as an educational experience, but also as an opportunity to reevaluate. possibilities in medicine. For years, she was certain she wanted to be a pediatric cardiovascular surgeon, but being around nurses and technicians led her to consider the possibility of working in the field of pediatric cardiology as a nurse practitioner.

“Being able to learn concepts that most pre-med students learn in college and watching medical professionals with patients taught me the beginnings of the characteristics and knowledge needed to be successful in this field,” said she declared.

Brownlee said she looks forward to each day, knowing she can continue to develop the medical mind she will use once she achieves her career dreams.

Rebecca Ayers, a senior at Bloomfield High School, said it’s hard to adequately sum up everything she’s learned through New Vision.

“My aspiration to medicine is no longer hypothetical or theoretical; the experiences and knowledge I gained through my studies and shadowing experience materialized my future in front of me,” she said, adding that the program allowed her to define what she was supposed to do.

“In a time of so much uncertainty, I understand my future and thanks to this program, I am ready to pursue it,” she said.

The Finger Lakes Technical and Vocational Center serves 14 area school districts. Applications for New Vision programs are due at the end of the winter of the students’ junior year and can be obtained from school guidance counselors. The programs are rigorous and there are a limited number of places, so it is considered quite competitive.

“The caliber of students we get is high,” Tiffany said.

Stapleton, who meets New Vision students, encourages them to work at Thompson while in college, as patient care technicians, resident assistants or nutrition service associates, for example. He also urges them to return to the health system once they receive their degrees and certifications.

“These young people are absolutely incredible. They already have the passion, and once they have the knowledge and the experience, nothing can stop them,” he said. “They are exactly the type of exceptional individuals we want in our team.”

Registration deadline

If you will be in high school next year and are interested in a career in healthcare, the application deadline for the New Vision Medical Career Program for the 2022-23 school year is Friday, March 25. . All students are expected to graduate from surrounding schools. in 2023 are welcome to apply for this Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES program, which works in partnership with area health organizations. Interested students should contact their school counselor and check for more information.

Ryan H. Bowman