In Honor of Black History Month we’d like to share with you just a few of the incredible African Americans who have helped shape the medical field over the years through their tremendous accomplishments and revolutions to medicineDr. Ben Carson – Famous for separating conjoined twins in the 1980’s. Dr. Carson went on to pioneer many of the Neurosurgery techniques in the world today. His life was not easy, he grew up on the inner-city streets of Detroit, but overcame tremendous odds to attend Yale and later become a director of Pediatric Neurosurgery Surgery at one of the most prestigious hospitals in the United StatesDr. Charles Drew – Dr. Drew is famous for devising a way to store blood plasma for transfusions during World War II. Without his research there would not have been nearly enough blood to treat those injured in fighting. He was made head of the Red Cross Blood bank for his efforts.Dr. Regina Benjamin – Dr. Benjamin was the first black women to be elected to the Medical Association in the state of Alabama. She was also the first person under 40 to achieve this honor. She also served as the 18th Surgeon General of the United States under President Barrack Obama.Mary Eliza Mahoney RN – She is known to be the first Black professional nurse in America and had a very successful career. She is also famous for taking the stage at a 1909 nursing conference in Boston in 1909 and calling for healthcare providers to take direct and immediate action to address the inequality between the treatments people of different races were receiving in medicine.Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler – Dr. Crumpler was the first African American woman to earn a medical degree. She devoted her life to helping those in the African American Community. When the Civil War ended she relocated her practice to Richmond, Virginia to address the needs of the newly freed African American population in the south.These of course are just a small handful of the incredible people and contributions that have been made by the African American community to the field of medicine over the years. There are many others who have contributed remarkable innovations that have shaped every aspect of the healthcare field. We hope you take some time to do your own research and find even more American heroes like these to inspire you as you begin your own career in healthcare.
One of the most important skills you will need both as a student and as you begin your professional career is the ability to listen. No matter what course you are taking at the Allen School you will spend a lot of your new career listening to your patients and using what you hear to help them address their health issues.Here are 10 great tips from Forbes Magazine to help you develop great listening skills.
- Face the speaker and maintain eye contact.
- Be attentive, but relaxed.
- Keep an open mind.
- Listen to the words and try to picture what the speaker is saying.
- Don’t interrupt and don’t impose your “solutions.”
- Wait for the speaker to pause to ask clarifying questions.
- Ask questions only to ensure understanding.
- Try to feel what the speaker is feeling.
- Give the speaker regular feedback.
- Pay attention to what isn’t said—to nonverbal cues.
January is almost over…how are your New Year resolutions holding out? If the diet is more cheat days than good eating days and the gym membership card hasn’t been swiped since you signed up let us help get you inspired to get things back on track.
- Remember the Why – Take some time and think about the reasons you made your resolution in the first place. Think about the people in your life who will benefit if you follow through on your goal. Make a list of the benefits you will gain if you see things through.
- Find Some Support – You are certainly not the only person who made a resolution. Chances are a friend, family member, or classmate had similar goals to yours. Now is a great time to start encouraging each other to follow through on that resolution. Maybe you become workout buddies or maybe just send each other texts of encouragement. No matter what you will be more likely to keep your resolution if you have someone to encourage you.
- Plan Ahead – Maybe it all seemed easy on paper when you made your goals but now you see that life is making things challenging. Take some time to sit down and address those things that are holding you back. If you aren’t able to cook healthy meals during the week consider prepping and freezing foods on the weekend that won’t take so much work. If child care isn’t working out consider finding a way to include your children in your goals. Not only will they see your progress, but they will see the benefits of hard work and dedication.
January is here and so is the cold weather. For many people the winter blues are setting in hard. Today we look at a few tips to get you over the snow and looking forward to warm sunny spring days
- Lighten Up – The days are short and it’s dark out early. Your body is craving some sunshine. Make sure to give it some! Open up the blinds and turn on the lights inside the house. Even 30 minutes of extra sunshine during the day can make a huge difference.
- Feed your cravings – A little cheating on that New Year diet can make a big difference to your mood. Carbohydrates can give you a little burst of energy that can help chase those blues away. So yes….eat that chocolate bar. Keep it in moderation of course, but a little bit of indulgence now and then can really help the winter blahs.
- Get Moving – Exercise can be a big help to getting you back in the warm weather groove (plus we just told you to eat a candy bar so…) Make a point to get moving for at least 30 minutes a day. Sneak out on your lunch break and get some real sun and get your blood pumping. You will notice a huge difference in your mood.
- Pump Up the Jams – Music can improve your mood significantly. So put on your favorite tunes while making dinner, playing with the kids, studying, and whenever else you can. Maybe even take this opportunity to be adventurous and give a new style of music a whirl, trade in your rock and roll for a little R&B or your country tunes for some jazz tunes.
- Nature Calls – No… not like that. We know it’s cold, but bundle up and go outside. Indulge your inner child and go play in the snow. Even if it’s chilly, fresh air will get your batteries recharged in no time. Take a walk, build a snowman, anything, just get outside and make sure it’s strictly for leisure, no shoveling the driveway.
We Have a Dream…For YOU!In the month of January not only do we celebrate a brand new year full of bright new beginnings, we also celebrate one of the most influential civil rights leaders of all time. Martin Luther King Jr dedicated his life to the betterment of people everywhere. One of his most iconic speeches ever was entitled “I Have a Dream” in which he spoke to the dreams he had for every person to lead a truly rewarding and meaningful life.For over 55 years the Allen School has dedicated itself to the betterment of our students through education. While we would never dream of comparing ourselves to the iconic MLK we do have one thing in common, and that is that we also have a dream. We dream of success and fulfilment for every student that enters our programs. With that in mind we would like to share our dreams for you, our students.We dream that when you come through our doors you find a welcoming environment no matter what campus you attend, even if your campus exists in the digital world of your computer. From the front desk to Admissions, Financial Aid, Student and Career Services and beyond, we hope your first visit allows you to see where your educational journey can take you.We dream that when you enter the classroom on the first day of school our instructors show you what a difference you are going to make in the lives of each and every one of your patients. We hope that you learn something new every day and that by the end of your journey you take pride in how far you have come.We dream that in the spring you share your tremendous accomplishments with your friends and family and maybe even inspire one of them to embark on their own journey of learning and education so they too can better themselves just like you are.And finally we dream that you find a better and more rewarding life for yourself and your family, as you embark on your new career. We hope you reach all of the goals that you set for yourself in the very beginning when you had your first interview with our admissions staff.These are our dreams for you, our student.From the Allen School family to you we wish you the very best of luck in achieving your dreams as you walk the path to a better life through education.
The Allen School of Health Sciences is proud to support an important health related cause every month and we dedicate the month of January to Alzheimer’s Awareness. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. It is a degenerative disease, which means that symptoms will get worse over time. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and as of now there is no cure.The Alzheimer’s Association has compiled a list of 10 common signs of early Alzheimer’s disease that can be an indication that someone needs to be assessed for this form of dementia.10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
- Memory Loss that Disrupts Daily Life
- Challenges in Planning or Solving Problems
- Difficulty Completing Familiar Tasks, at Home or at Leisure
- Confusion with Time or Place
- Trouble Understanding Visual Images and Spatial relationships
- New Problems with Words in Speaking or Writing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Decreased or Poor Judgement
- Withdrawal from Work or Social Activities
- Changes in Mood and Personality
The Allen School of Sciences has been a fixture of the New York area for over 55 years. Our Jamaica Campus is our original location and is still going strong today. The school was opened in 1961 and was called the Allen School for Physicians’ Aides originally. Much like our current goals the original purpose of the school was to provide the residents of the Jamaica area with quality professional training in the field of healthcare.On January 31st, 1980 Mrs. Loretta Teich purchased the Allen School after she had owned an employment agency. She made the decision to purchase the school because the candidates that she worked with in her employment agency lacked the skills they needed to find rewarding careers. Mrs. Teich became so involved in the institution that she sold her employment agency and made the Allen School her sole focus.Over the next several years Loretta’s son Robert learned the business and expanded the program offerings from just Nursing Assistant to include Medical Assisting which was added in 2001 and then the school expanded to a national level in 2007 by adding an online Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Program, which is now celebrating ten years of student success.Today the Allen School of Health Sciences is under the leadership of a third generation of the Teich Family with Loretta’s grandson Jason. In addition to owning the school he also gets to interact with students daily in our Brooklyn Campus as our company President.To date the Allen School of Health Sciences has helped to launch the healthcare careers of thousands of students that have come through our doors. We have watched many of our previous graduates grow in their careers and take on leadership roles and even earn higher medical degrees. Some have even come to us in their new roles seeking new graduates knowing the quality student they will receive from the Allen School.The upcoming New Year will bring us even greater success as we continue to produce quality educational programs for our students. We will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of our Medical Insurance Billing and Coding Program and so much more. We sincerely hope that you join us in 2017 and become part of our bright future. For more information please visit our website at www.allenschool.edu or give us a call at 877-591-8753.
Everyone learns in different ways. It’s important as a student that you know the learning style that works best for you to get the most out of your educational experience at the Allen School. We strive to teach in many different ways to accommodate every one so they can be successful in their new careers.
- Determine your style – You need to know how you learn best. Are you a reader or a listener? Do you learn better when someone explains the steps to you or do you learn by doing? Do you learn visually, by seeing something explained or demonstrated? Once you understand how you learn best you can start to look for ways to use that style to your advantage.
- Use your Style – If you are a visual learner this may mean taking notes during lectures. If you do better listening, you may want to ask your instructor if you can record lectures to listen to again later. If you learn better through explanation it may help to break down complex material into lists or flashcards. Your instructors will use many methods to teach you throughout your education so you will get a chance to see material delivered in several different methods.
- Explore New Styles – The great thing about a career in healthcare is that you will have new opportunities every day to learn new skillsets and grow in your profession. It is a good idea to develop different learning styles while you are in school to help you adapt out in the field. If you notice a classmate has a very different learning style from you be sure to ask them about it. You may find a great new way to make your learning even more rewarding.
Learning Goes Beyond the Classroom at the Allen School The Allen School of Health Sciences prides ourselves on taking the learning experience beyond the classroom and into the real word. Every month we support a special cause through our Institution For HOPE Campaign. We choose a special cause every month and educate our students and staff on that cause and then go out into the real world and help that cause in any way that we can. We do many different things through the year to support our causes whether it be fund raising, community events or even blood drives, but we would like to talk about a few causes that are near and dear to our hearts.AIDS Walk NY – Every year our New York campuses spend the entire month of May fund raising and preparing for this event. This year the New York Campuses raised $1,588.65 through bake sales, fundraising and penny wars to take part in the walk. Several of our students and their families where able to participate and we had such a great time supporting a search for a cure to this devastating disease.Strides for a Cure – In October our campuses go PINK to support the fight against Breast Cancer. Once again, this year well over $1000 was raised across all of the campuses to help find a cure. Our students wore their pink scrub tops and showed their support while raising funds. Despite the cold New York temperatures, we again had several students and their families join us in walking for a cure.Sickle Cell Awareness – The number one way to help support patients who suffer from Sickle Cell is to donate blood. All of our campuses held Blood Drives that not only helped Sickle Cell patients but potentially thousands of other patients that are seen in hospitals daily. Our special thanks to everyone who took part in our blood drives.Making the Holidays Bright – One of our favorite events every year. Students and staff spend the entire month of December collecting toys, books, games, craft supplies and more, to help make the holidays as bright as possible for the pediatric patients at local hospitals. It is a great honor to be able to deliver the toys every year and know that we did our part to help make a child’s hospital stay a little better.These of course are just a few of our great causes. At the Allen School our motto is “Where Education Comes to Life” and we strive to live that motto every day. If you are ready to be part of making a difference in the lives of other everyday please call us today at 877-591-8753 or visit our website at www.allenschool.edu.
A Letter of Thanks to our Students,As 2016 comes to a close we here at the Allen School of Health Sciences would like to take a moment to thank all of the students who make this institution so amazing year after year. Without each and every one of you we would not be able to be as successful as we are, so here are our words of thanks and encouragement to each of you.All of you have your own story. Each of you came to the Allen School for a different reason. Some of you are just done with High School and ready to begin your adult lives. Some of you are starting over, and have finally found your calling in the field of healthcare. Many of you are juggling families, school, work, and a hundred other things. Some of you have shared challenges that many of us cannot even imagine trying to handle. Each of you is so very unique, but one thing is certain; you are here sharing this journey of education together because you want to make a difference for yourself, your family, and everyone you will meet as you start your new career.Our admissions department got to watch you come into our school and take you first steps towards a new education. Our Financial Aid Department got to watch you take the plunge and make a true investment in yourself. Student Services got to support you and help you along when life happened. Academics got to watch the pieces come together and the lightbulbs flash as you learned and honed you skills. Career Services has the great joy of helping you start to work toward a truly rewarding career. And the rest of the administrative staff was able to watch you learn and grow from a student to a graduate every time you came through the doors or logged into class.So from all of us at the Allen School to all of our students current, future, and past we want to say thank you so very much for making our institution the incredible organization it is today and for making all of our careers so very, very rewarding. We wish you the very best holiday season and cannot wait to see what 2017 brings for you.