Isaak Miroshenko, MA, RT (R) (CT)
Isaak Miroshenko, MA, RT (R) (CT)
Isaak Miroshenko, MA, 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.