Comstock's magazine 1218 - December 2018 - Page 67

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT INTEGRATING, EMPOWERING, AND ACHIEVING Sacramento is home to the newest campus of Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts offering allied-health and nursing programs, including radiologic technology, ultrasound technology, magnetic resonance imaging technology, and medical assisting. In 2004, Gurnick began in San Mateo as an Another of Gurnick’s hallmarks is community ultrasound technology school with 15 students, outreach. “Our connection to the community is very and added other allied-health programs including different from other schools and very well received,” vocational nursing. In 2005, a second campus says Vanderlaan. “We have events with nationally was launched in Concord, followed by campuses known or world-renowned speakers, and have master in Modesto and Fresno in 2007. The Sacramento scanning labs which all of our clinical sites can send campus opened in 2017 and today has full their employees to at no charge.” enrollment of about 150 students. Today, the five campuses serve approximately 2,000 active students. Gurnick’s medical assisting and imaging programs in Sacramento are fully accredited and offer “Many people seeking training were traveling from significant hands-on training through on-campus Sacramento to our Concord campus, so to help lab environments as well as hospital and outpatient meet demand, it made sense to have a Sacramento clinical settings. As a result, their graduates are campus,” says Burke Malin, Chief Operating Officer. highly sought after by employers. The campus also “We were invested in the Sacramento region, stands apart from competitors by being all digital, an though, more than two years before we opened our innovative, integrated model for teaching, learning, campus here. We had students in clinical rotations and interaction. here, and those students were known among employers for their desirable qualities. Ultimately those affiliations through clinical rotations became our employer partners for our students. Through partnerships with hospitals and health organizations, we can make our curriculum as relevant as possible for Sacramento’s needs.” Gurnick’s four programs – radiologic technology, ultrasound technology, magnetic resonance imaging technology, and medical assisting – mesh organically with the school’s relationship with clinical sites in the area, including Sutter, Dignity, UC Davis Medical Center, and RadNet to name a few. “We’re accepting only 25-40 percent of applicants who pass our initial evaluation tests,” says Malin. “We’re in a unique position, especially in comparison to community colleges, to offer enrollment to the top candidates using a thorough vetting process.” The academy boasts Gurnick Edge, an online platform accessible by students, alumni, and potential employers. “It’s a nexus for those three groups,” explains Malin. “Students can engage with each other and interact with alumni already working in the field and acting as mentors. Alumni can interact with each other and stay current in their modalities, too, and employers can reverse search “Philosophically, Gurnick is about the end result, student profiles based on skill sets and experience to which is the patient care people in Sacramento will find the most ideal employees.” experience,” says Ted Vanderlaan, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation. “We have a very high goal for student satisfaction that directly relates to their performance as employees and caregivers. Our student experience, or STx© as we call it, can turn out better, happier students which translates to more productive employees who take superlative Abraham Cicchetti, Campus Director, concludes, “We’re a student-centered organization committed to excellence by ensuring our students are provided with an education that leads to highly successful careers. Our superior student experience translates to superior patient experience in the Sacramento region.” care of patients.” December 2018 | comstocksmag.com 67 8810 Cal Center Dr. 3rd Floor | Sacramento, CA 95826 | (916) 758-2793 | www.gurnick.edu