Standing with Houston

Allen School of Health Sciences is standing with Houston, Texas during this devastating time. Hurricane Harvey is record breaking, making landfall on Friday, August 25, 2017. The rainfall is expected to continue until Saturday, September 2, 2017. Houston has experienced catastrophic rainfall within the cast couple of days. According to CNN.com the city of Houston has been plummeted with 25 inches of rainfall thus far. However, this is not the end with 25 more inches of rain projected to fall by Saturday. Some areas along the upper Texas coast may reach upwards of 40 to 50 more inches. Let’s put this into prospective, typically Houston annually averages 50 inches of rainfall a year.

Just like many of you we have seen the images of families and the elderly individuals displaced from their homes. Thousands of people have lost everything they own and are currently in shelters. There have also been over 29 lives claimed from this vicious hurricane. As the hurricane continues and the days pass all we can do is hope that these victims get the help that they need and that volunteers will continuously help with rescue efforts.

Allen School of Health Sciences – New York survived Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 and we realize the impact that this can have on the city and day-to-day functions that we otherwise take for granted. Our hearts go out to the city of Houston.


National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) which focuses on the importance of vaccinations for every age group. NIAM was created to educate individuals of what vaccines are needed to remain current for every age. They also stress the importance of vaccines as a preventative measure for serious and sometimes deadly diseases.

National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) is the proud sponsors of NIAM. NPHIC and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have joined forces and created communication toolkits that help with discussing vaccines with any audience. The communication toolkits are separated by age groups and can be easily downloaded. Fortunately, each week in August features a different age group:

  • July and August: Back to School
  • July 31-August 6: Babies and young children
  • August 7-13: Expecting mothers
  • August 14-20: Adults
  • August 21-27: Pre-teens and Teenagers

Allen School of Health Sciences Medical Assistants and Nursing Assistants are you and your loved ones current on your vaccinations? If you would like to learn more about National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) then click here.


Yoga Benefits for Chronic Back Pain

Allen School of Health Sciences Medical Assistant and Nursing Assistant students do you or someone you know suffer from lower back pain? Recently, there was a trial conducted that proved yoga can help relieve chronic lower back pain just as effectively as physical therapy. People who practiced yoga or physical therapy during a 12 week time period noticed improvement for over a year. Some of the lower back pain sufferers were able to cut out pain medication completely. The findings proved that this may not work for everyone suffering from this type of pain; however, yoga is a highly encouraged treatment option. According to American College of Physicians (ACP) published guidelines this year stating, “non-drug options should be the first-line treatment against low back pain.”

If practicing yoga might be something that interests you for assisting with chronic back pain then keep in mind that there are various types of yoga classes. Try to attend classes that have gentle poses such as beginner yoga classes.

Unfortunately, yoga can be costly and not likely covered by insurance. Instead of paying upwards of $20 a session – look into other options such as discount sites like Groupon or Living Social for yoga packages in your local area. While physical therapy is covered by insurance, it generally has steep co-pays which can be difficult for patients to afford.

Allen School of Health Sciences Medical Assistant and Nursing Assistant students in Brooklyn, Queens or Phoenix campuses do you know of any other non-drug lower back pain treatment options? If, so then please comment below. Click here to read the full WebMD article.


Physical Inactivity Effects

According to WebMD physical inactivity can boost chances of being diagnosed with certain cancers. Are you sitting on the sofa and letting life pass you by? A new study suggests that being a couch potato can increase the risk of being diagnosed with kidney and bladder cancer. Individuals that had lifetime recreational inactivity saw an increased risk of kidney cancer by 77 percent and bladder cancer risk increase of 73 percent.

According to Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans for considerable health benefits engage in one of the following:

  1. 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) each week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (such as brisk walking or tennis)
  2. 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) each week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity (such as jogging or swimming laps)
  3. An equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity

 

Allen School of Health Sciences encourages a healthy lifestyle among our Medical Assistant and Nursing Assistant students, faculty and staff. The Brooklyn campus hosts, Work out Wednesdays and the Jamaica, Queens campus offers Fitness Fridays! Also, some instructors go on a brisk walk or jog with students near campus to keep students active on their lunch break. If you are a couch potato that has been considering going back to school for healthcare then contact us today at 877-591-8753 or check out our website www.allenschool.edu to schedule an appointment today!


Sunny Summer: Wear Sunscreen

Allen School of Health Sciences wants our students to be reminded of the importance of wearing sunscreen during these warm and sunny months. We have been told our whole lives to wear sunscreen  n the market, so such as: hat, sunglasses, tance of applying for you and your family and use it.; however, a lot of people fail to realize the importance of applying it daily. Here are a few reasons why you should take the extra step in adding sunscreen to your daily routine:

  1. Reduces the risk of developing skin cancer
  2. Slows down pre-mature aging
  3. Helps to prevent uneven skin tone
  4. Helps to protect against sunburn

Fortunately, the skincare industry is continuously evolving and has created ways to incorporate sunscreen in makeup, moisturizers and lotions. Sunscreen is no longer that one type fits all, sticky, smelly lotion. There are many different kinds on the market: spray, water or sweat resistant, stick and also mineral. Find what works best for you and your family. Also, remember to wear other sun protective gear such as: hat, sunglasses and sun protective clothing. Allen School of Health Sciences encourages everyone to lead a healthy lifestyle to help prevent future health issues.


Why Start Classes in the Summer?

It is finally June, so the winter blues are behind us! Now is the perfect time to attend school while the weather is pleasant and warm. Allen School of Health Sciences has four simple reasons why you should attend school during the summer season.

  1. Weather – Living in a cold climate like New York City the winters can be a bit depressing and students have to find ways to stay motivated. However, once summer comes the weather is so beautiful and the days are longer. That alone can foster motivation to rise early and get to school on time.
  2. Mood – Warm weather can influence your mood. A good mood can equate to positive outcomes. For example, good grades and perfect attendance.
  3. Bucket List – Completing post-secondary education is a bucket list item for a lot of people. Now is the perfect time to accomplish this goal!
  4. New Year’s Resolutions – Every year we think of new items we want to accomplish by year end. Time flies and the year is now half way gone. How many of your resolutions have you accomplished?

Begin your summer with a goal oriented mind set, so time sensitive goals like enrolling in school can become a priority. Do not waste any more time trying to figure out perfect time because there is no perfect time.  If you are done making excuses and want to advance in your career call us today at 877-591-8753 or visit www.allenschool.edu


Patient Customer Service

Healthcare professionals are commonly focused solely on taking care of patient’s healthcare needs. However, at the Allen School of Health Sciences we want our Medical Assistant and Nurse Assistant students to be well rounded and provide patients with the ultimate customer experience. Patients should be treated as customers. Excellent customer service can contribute to patients returning for future visits. The following tips can help ensure a great customer experience for patients:

  1. Greet – Welcome every patient that visits with a smile and simple open ended question.
  2. Courtesy – Always be courteous to every patient. Treat them how you would like to be treated.
  3. Manners – Use them! Make sure you are being respectful with your word choice and body language.
  4. The Customer is Always Right – This term is heard a lot among people that work in a customer focused career. No matter what, do not argue with a patient even if they are incorrect. Clearly and professionally communicate your point.
  5. Thank You – Never forget to thank patients for coming in for their appointment visit. A simple “thank you” goes a long way and it is greatly appreciated.

Do you have great customer service skills and a passion for helping others? If so, then we want to meet with you at one of our campus locations in Brooklyn or Queens, New York. If you live in the Phoenix metropolitan area we have campus in the West Valley. Please visit our website at www.allenschool.edu or call us directly at 877-591-8753


Our Graduates are Everywhere!

Allen School of Health Sciences Graduates are everywhere. We were established over 56 years ago and maintain a host of relationships with healthcare facilities. Recently, we started an “I Got Hired” campaign that focuses solely on our Medical Assistant and Nurse Assistant students that were hired from internship or with the assistance of Career Services. Allen School would like to share and recognize a handful of the facilities our graduates are employed at:

  • Northwell Heath
  • Sinai
  • UMD Urgent Care
  • RJ Medical & Urgent Care
  • Soni Medical
  • Prominis Medical
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • New York Presbyterian
  • Housing Works
  • New Franklin Rehabilitation Center

Unfortunately, we are unable to list every facility, but we are beyond grateful for all the facilities that host our interns and/or hire our amazing students. Thank you, from everyone at the Allen School of Health Sciences.


Employer Testimonials

The Allen School of Health Sciences is always proud to get positive feedback from our students and internship sites. Our awesome Career Services Department recently received a couple great testimonials from two of our Medical Assistant internship sites. We would love to share with you their kind words.

Dr. Friedman & Dr. Meller:

We’ve been using the medical assistant interns for the past 3 years.  We rotate them every 11 weeks.  I am happy to report that we’ve always received good students to work at our busy practice.  They are polite and respectful people who are smart quick learners and are eager to perform any task given to them.  Usually we are sad to see them go.

I always recommend this school whenever possible.  Most providers do not want to take the time to train interns every 11 weeks, however, the school makes it easy for us because the professors, advisors and coordinators work closely with the students and prepare them well for the work environment. 

Over the years, I’ve developed a close relationship with the career advisor, Ms. Martha Hantzandreou.  She always ensures that we get a good match for our practice.  She’s very accommodating and never disappoints. 

I look forward to continuing a good work relationship with the school and helping many more interns.

Dr. Youssef Alraei:

I am writing to you to tell you how satisfied I am with the quality of students from The Allen School. Students that come from Allen School have been hard-working, pleasant, and respectful. All interns have expressed throughout internship an eagerness for knowledge that conveys to me not only that they want to learn, but want to continue learning in the medical profession. Both my previous and current office managers are Allen school alumni. Needless to say, I hope to continue the relationship between my practice and The Allen School for a long time to come.

Thank you, to all of the internship sites that host our Medical Assistants and Nursing Assistants. Also, Allen School of Health Sciences Career Services departments at all campus for connecting students with facilities where they can thrive.


Millennials and Healthcare

Millennials are sometimes critiqued for the things they do differently than generations that came before them. They have even taken it upon themselves to approach healthcare uniquely. Healthcare professionals, here are a few items to take into consideration with Millennial patients:

  1. Homework – The tech savvy millennials research their health concerns on the internet before seeing a healthcare professional.
  2. Quick Care – Millennials do not want to wait around for healthcare appointments. Sometimes it could take weeks before being seen by a general practitioner. Instead, they opt for urgent care or clinics due to the convenience of possibly being seen same day.
  3. Every Penny Counts – Millennials want to know estimates before committing to medical treatment. This young generation wants to try to prevent financial surprises as out-of-pocket costs continuously rise.
  4. Word of Mouth – They want to know what patients are saying. Online reviews are important to Millennials as they research healthcare facilities and healthcare providers.
  5. Health Technology – Millennials look at health holistically and incorporate technology for day-to-day health maintenance. For example, wearable sensor fitness bands with corresponding phone apps are commonly loved by Millennials.

Medical Assistants and Medical Insurance Billing and Coders take in to consideration this generation’s healthcare approach. It is time to get creative, embrace technology and make it a priority to make some changes to become preferred amongst Millennials. Click here to learn more about Millennials and healthcare.