ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
Isaak Miroshenko
Isaak Miroshenko, BA, RT (R) (CT)
Isaak Miroshenko, BA, RT (R) (CT) is no stranger to NYMH Center for Allied Health Education. Isaak began his career in healthcare as a student in the Radiography Program, moved on to being an instructor and was promoted to Clinical Coordinator afterwards. He is known to go above and beyond for his students and thrives on their success as healthcare professionals. There is no doubt that Isaak is an asset to the Center and the Radiography Program and we are fortunate to have him share his story with us.

CAHE: Tell us about yourself prior to attending the Radiography Program.
Isaak: Prior to attending the Radiography Program, I attended Edward R. Murrow High School where I became very interested in the law field.  I later attended Baruch College and I was a Political Science Major.  At the time, my goal was to become a Corporate Litigation Lawyer.  During college, I did an internship in a law firm and I did not find it appealing to sit behind a desk and research case law.  I did not want to be miserable everyday coming to work.  My heart was no longer in the field of law.  After college, my friend told me about the Radiography Program and informed me that I would be a perfect fit because of my helpful personality.  When I went for the interview at the Center, I knew my heart has found its place.  I felt at home. I knew that I have found my calling.

CAHE: Tell us about your many roles within the Radiography Program.
Isaak: I attended the Radiography Program from 2010-2012.  I became a lecturer in 2014.  After a few lectures, I was offered a full-time didactic instructor position.  I was promoted to Clinical Coordinator in April of 2015.

CAHE: What drew you to the field of Radiography?
Isaak: Helping others is what drew me to the field of Radiography.  Nothing beats helping others in a world where many problems exist.  Many patients whom we deal with have no family.  Sometimes helping someone is as simple as just speaking to them for 5 minutes.  A lot of geriatric patients, especially, have no family.  As a healthcare provider, you have the ability to become their family.  People sometimes forget why they joined the profession, but I always remind my students that we are here for the patients.

CAHE: How was your experience as a student?
Isaak: My experience here at the Center was simply amazing.  We had a great program director and clinical coordinator who went above and beyond for us.  Also, as a class, we all became a family.  We grew and matured into healthcare professionals and became friends for life.  We studied together and rooted for each other. When one of us did not do well, it was as if all of us did not do well.  We functioned as a whole.  As a team.  We were one heartbeat.  My experience here at the Center is nothing like I would have imagined.  It was simply different than being in a traditional college.  Everyone cared for each other and you were not simply just the last four digits of a social security number.

CAHE: Tell us about how your life has progressed professionally since graduating from the program.
Isaak: Since graduating the program, my life has progressed very quickly in our wonderful field.  I always wanted to be an educator and help shape future healthcare professionals.  My students are a reflection of our program and I have always had the mentality of starting a filtering effect of great patient care.  I know if I teach my students to be the best healthcare professionals, it will eventually filter out to our patients and future students who will be working with our former graduates.  The point is to change our field for the positive one step at a time.  Also, I never stop learning and am currently attending Stony Brook University in pursuit of a Master's Degree in Higher Education.

CAHE: What is your most memorable experience in the program?
Isaak: I am very appreciative of the team that I work so closely with here at the Center. We all work very well together and I would be nothing without them.  Liz Adair is a remarkable leader who inspires and has a vision for our field.  Her leadership is what guides the successfulness of the Radiography Program.  Joseph Bynum, Yana Strochkova, and Gabriella Arroba are remarkable instructors who inspire our students to become the best Radiographers in the state of New York and probably the United States.  Aside from the Radiography Program, the administrative staff here at the Center goes above and beyond for our students.

CAHE: What advice do you have to those entering the program?
Isaak: The Radiography Program will be the hardest two years of your life but it will all be worth it in the end.  You will no longer just have a job… you will have a profession.  In Radiography, you can make a name for yourself even if you did not have the best grades.   It is hard work, teamwork and dedication that employers look for.  I tell all of my students that "Essentially this is a two year job interview."

CAHE: What makes for a successful Radiologic Technologist?
Isaak: One must understand that we are here for the patient and that the patient care is a priority. Our job is to ensure that each patient comes out in the same condition that they came in, but hopefully with a smile on their face as they are leaving.

CAHE: Is there anything else that you would like to add about your overall experience?
Isaak: When I was a student here, I worked full-time, was a newlywed, and had a newborn baby.  I was the Valedictorian of my class and was offered many job opportunities.  The point is that if I can do it, anyone can as long as you know how to time manage and have dedication. I have absolutely loved and appreciated my incredible journey thus far.

Simone Europe
Simone Europe, BA, RDMS, RVT
Simone Europe, BA, RDMS, RVT, a recent valedictorian of CAHE's Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, has already made a significant impact on her field, having completed three registries – and working on a fourth – within only months of graduation! We sat down with Simone to discuss her experience in the program and the field:

CAHE: Why did you choose to attend the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Center for Allied Health Education?
Simone: I had a Bachelor's degree in an unrelated field and, unlike many other programs in the area that require applicants to have already completed the necessary prerequisite coursework, CAHE's program integrates the prerequisite coursework into the program, providing all students with an opportunity to gain the foundationnecessary to succeed in the field. Another important factor was that the didactic and clinical components are integrated and simultaneous, unlike other programs that conduct their clinical rotations at the very end of the program.

CAHE: Please describe your overall experience in the program.
Simone: I can only say that it was "AMAZING." The program faculty, clinical preceptors and my fellow students were phenomenal. I am fortunate to have developed lifelong friendships while building my professional network.

CAHE: What is the most valuable lesson learned during your two years at CAHE?
Simone: To never hesitate to ask questions. From the very beginning, we were encouraged to ask questions whenever we were unsure of something or needed additional clarification. I also learned to make use of the valuable resources available to us, which helped ease the burden.

CAHE: How was your clinical experience overall?
Simone: I consider myself incredibly lucky to have rotated through a variety of clinical sites with wonderful supervisors,preceptors and staff, many of whom I continue to maintain contact with. I feel fortunate to have completed my General rotations at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center and The Mount Sinai Hospital, my OB/GYN rotation at New York Methodist Hospital, and my Echocardiography and Vascular rotations at NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital.

CAHE: Is there one particular event or experiencein the program that stands out for you?
Simone: I really enjoyed scanning lab sessions, especially during my second year when everything was more familiar and becoming second nature. Students were separated into groups and allowed to practice on each other. It was also a great opportunity to review the material that was being covered in our clinical experience at the time.

CAHE: What advice would you offer to a student who is just beginning the program?
Simone: Have patience and perseverance. Everything is new and unfamiliar in the beginning. However, as time goes on, you will begin to develop a deeper passion for the field.

CAHE: Please describe your current position and what your professional goals are.
Simone: I am currently working at a private outpatient practice with several locations, covering multiple specialties, but focusing primarily on Vascular and Echocardiography. I love the environment which I am presently in where I encounter mostly common cases, and my goal is to advance to an environment where I would have the opportunity to encounter some of the less common scenarios.

Simone concludes reiterating how wonderful her experience in the program was and how it exceeded all expectations. She is grateful for the people that she met and the relationships which were developed. She adds that sonographers, along with many other healthcare professionals, are often times underappreciated and do not receive the full recognition which they deserve. Simone states that the job is mentally and physically demanding, but has absolutely loved her experience and journey thus far.

CAHE wishes Simone the best of luck and she continues to grow and prosper in the field of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
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Jason Cohen, MA, RT(R)
Jason Cohen attended the Radiography Program at Center for Allied Health Education (CAHE) from 2007-2009, after which he utilized CAHE's affiliation with Saint Francis College and achieved a Bachelor's degree. While serving as our very own Clinical Instructor for the Radiography Program, Jason continued his studies towards an MS in Biological & Physical Science at Touro College, where he progressed even further and is now a third year medical student. Our Assistant Director, Ms. Sarah Bokow, recently interviewed Jason about his experience in the program and thereafter.

CAHE: What was the most rewarding part of the Radiography Program?
JC: In every aspect of healthcare, people trust us (the providers) with their loved ones' lives at a time when they are most vulnerable. It is a privilege to be trusted to care for someone who does not know me on a personal level.

CAHE: Is there any particular event while in the program that most fondly resonates in your mind?
JC: I once had an older female patient who was obviously very scared after undergoing a number of X-rays , not understanding what was happening. I clearly remember holding her hand and comforting her, as well as the way she looked up at me and thanked me. As a student, I realized that… more than anything, I am working with real people and that any small gesture goes a long way.

CAHE: What was the greatest challenge that you faced during your time in the Radiography Program?
JC: The greatest challenge was in developing the confidence to walk into any clinical situation and feel comfortable handling it. With time and perseverance, I was able to develop the confidence that I needed.

CAHE: Is there anything else that stands-out about the program?
JC: I was taught all aspects of the healthcare field – the medical aspect and the human aspect. Even now, during my rotations as a physician, I utilize the skills I attained while in the Radiography Program to navigate the human aspect of medicine. While many medical students find patient interaction to be challenging, I have been able to adapt more easily because of my experience in the program.

CAHE: What motivated you to ultimately pursue a career as a medical doctor?
JC: It all began during my very first clinical rotation of the Radiography Program, where my interaction with patients and surgeons inspired me to advance within the medical field.

CAHE: What is your advice to prospective or current students?
JC: When reflecting on my journey, the best advice I could offer to students is to not treat setbacks as failures. Everyone experiences setbacks in life. As long as you pick yourself up, learn from mistakes and keep moving forward, then not only did you not fail, but you will be able to go even further than you were able to before. This perspective will get you very far in life.

Mr. Cohen describes his time in the program as "challenging and requiring a lot of effort," adding that he had no prior knowledge of anatomy and physiology or medical terminology upon admission into the Radiography Program. He is thankful for the assistance and support of the program's instructors and the Center's administration who assisted him when he needed it, as well as for his classmates who helped him persevere through the more challenging times. Today, he refers to his former classmates as "family" and regularly attends their weddings and special events.