Hill's Educational Leadership in Medicine Institute
St. Joseph Hill Academy High School, in partnership with Staten Island University Hospital/Northwell Health, is proud to announce HELM, Hill's Educational Leadership in Medicine Institute, which began in Fall 2021. Seeking to be at the helm of healthcare education, preparation and partnership, this Career Institute for Women in Healthcare will provide an opportunity for SJHA students 16 years and older to explore the world of healthcare in real time by becoming immersed in the day-to-day activities of healthcare professionals.
HELM consists of juniors and seniors who are interested in exploring careers in healthcare, including Physician, Physician's Assistant (PA), Nurse, Occupational Therapist (OT), Physical Therapist (PT), Speech Therapist, or Hospital Administrator. The Institute will consist of a didactic and a clinical component. Among the learning experiences planned are career panels and an executive lecture series that will take place both at St. Joseph Hill Academy and SIUH. In addition, HELM will include opportunities to tour SIUH and its facilities.
HELM students will have an opportunity to earn certificates in certain areas such as CPR. Students can earn participation credits for volunteering at SIUH and attending career panels, lecture series, and other learning opportunities. The credits will earn students the opportunity to become more involved in different aspects within the hospital, such as shadowing medical and administrative professionals.
HELM will also include opportunities for volunteering in areas of interest as well as observing and shadowing staff members. SJHA and SIUH/Northwell, collaborated on a comprehensive syllabus for the program.
Ms. Jennifer Pla, SJHA Chairperson of the Science Department, serves as the HELM Coordinator. Ms. Pla notes, "Just as laboratories for science classes allow students to put theory into practice, the HELM Institute will give Hilltoppers the opportunity to explore the rapidly changing health care system. It will allow them to develop an understanding of current healthcare issues and make a well-informed career choice among the many health occupations."
On September 20th, the HELM Institute kicked off its first of a monthly lecture series featuring professionals from SIUH, three of which were St. Joseph Hill Academy High School alumnae.
This is a unique and exciting opportunity for Hilltoppers to have up close exposure to an array of career paths in the medical field and access successful healthcare professionals who can serve as mentors and educators to our students.
- Dr. Mitchell Weinberg, Chair of Cardiology, and Dr. Samantha Lee demonstrated techniques from the Cath Lab that are used to help clear blockages (inflating balloons and inserting stents).
- Marion Foley, Sr. Director of Cardiology, demonstrated pacemakers and defibrillators that the Electrophysiology Lab uses to treat various heart arrhythmias.
- Echocardiogram Technologists showed how they can use ultrasound to image the heart.
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Dr. Brahim Ardolic
Dr. Brahim Ardolic, Executive Director of SIUH, spoke to HELM students about different career pathways and referenced several previous HELM speakers, such as Dr. Ronit Gihad and Dr. Mitchell Weinberg. He noted how there are many opportunities to advance within the healthcare system and took careful note of Ms. Megan Sills, a graduate of SJHA, and her journey through various departments within the hospital to her current position as Deputy Executive Director. He spoke about the success the hospital has had in incorporating more technologies, including robotics, in treating patients.