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Medical Terminology Students Shadow Orthodontic Staff

Binghamton High School Medical Terminology students juniors Kaitlyn Brady, Samantha Northrup, and Loungnapha Thammavongsa job-shadowed Dr. Hatala and his orthodontic staff as part of Groundhog Job Shadow Day, Feb. 2, 2017. The students experienced a typical day in an orthodontic practice and discovered the wide range of rewarding career opportunities available in orthodontic practices.
“I learned about how much education and effort it takes to become an orthodontist,"Brady said. "It takes a team of people, you cannot do everything yourself. Today really helped me think about my future, and how I would like to follow in that direction with helping people”.
The students enjoyed their exposure in each of the areas including administrative and records, patient examinations and treatment, the Hi-Tech 3-D scanning equipment, and the actual crafting of the appliances. They learned that health sciences are truly both an art and a science.
The staff took the time to explain to our students about the wide range of career opportunities, specialized skills, and levels of education in the orthodontic field.
“I had the opportunity to observe the different areas of orthodontics in detail," Thammavongsa said. "It has really helped me determine my career pathway.”
The Medical Terminology course at Binghamton High School is a three credit college course through SUNY Broome’s Fast Forward Program where students receive both high school and college credit simultaneously and is taught by Rick Wheeler.
The course provides students with an overview of health science professions including an in-depth exploration of individual health careers and on how these professions collaborate and interrelate. Professional behavior and cultural diversity are also discussed as well as developing learning strategies to enhance academic success.
The students study the language of medicine, including suffixes, prefixes and root words with an emphasis on terminology associated with the anatomic systems.
Community partnerships, such as SUNY Broome and Dr. Hatala’s Orthodonics, provided both an interesting and engaging experience tying post-secondary education and real-life careers into their lives.
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