The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) held an inaugural recognition ceremony to applaud its Allied Health students achieving degrees and certificates during its 2019 Spring Commencement. Eleven students successfully completed their programs of study in the fields of Health Information Management (HIM), Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) and Pharmacy Technician.
“It is really important for our students, and the public, to recognize the critical work and role that allied health professionals have in the overall care of a patient,” said CSM MLT Program Coordinator and Associate Professor Tiffany Gill. “Too often, people only consider doctors and nurses when it comes to their care – but there are so many other wonderful, talented experts involved who are ensuring a proper diagnosis and executing the appropriate treatment. Many patients never even realize all the many members of their health care team.”
Awareness coupled with a growing shortage of qualified professionals in the fields of health care often worries professors involved in teaching tomorrow’s health care providers, shared Gill.
A competitive analysis of the future of health care staffing conducted by Credence Research showed that globally, the healthcare staffing services market will undergo steady growth as the existing shortage of health professionals meets an aging population and all the demands that come along with them.
“According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Health Workforce Alliance, 83 countries fall short of acceptable criteria of 22.8 skilled healthcare personnel per 1,000 population,” the analysis found. “Moreover, the WHO states that expected global need-based shortage of skilled healthcare providers stood at a 17.4 million in 2013. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 50 percent of healthcare jobs were vacant in 2016, an increase from 30 percent in 2015.”
Gill said that is why CSM set aside May 14, three days before the May 17 Spring Commencement ceremony to celebrate its allied health students.
“We want them to realize how very important they are – as are the professions they are all about to enter,” Gill said.
In December 2018, CSM forged another new tradition when it held its first recognition and pinning ceremony for students completing their Continuing Education and Workforce Development Healthcare program. The event celebrated students who received certifications to become clinical medical assistants, nursing assistants, geriatric nursing assistants, dental assistants, electrocardiogram technicians or phlebotomy technicians.
“There is no better time to be in healthcare,” said CSM Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Dr. Dan Mosser, at the December event. “The U.S. will need to hire 2.3 million new health care workers by 2025 in order to adequately take care of its aging population, and according to research by global health care staffing consultancy Mercer, a persistent shortage of skilled healthcare workers translates into hundreds of thousands of positions that remain unfilled. And the industry needs you now, more than ever.”
The following students were recognized at the May 14 Allied Health Recognition event:
Health Information Management
Jeanette Borries, of Lexington Park
Abiodun Bowen, of Waldorf
Jessica Hartmann, of Lusby
Katherine Mayers, of Lusby
Kathy Watson, of Lexington Park
Medical Laboratory Technology
Jenna Campbell, of Lusby
Loubna Depew, of Faulkner
Lee Adrian Tengco, of Waldorf
Kelly Burroughs, of Hollywood
Stephanie Thomsen, of Prince Frederick
Samantha Walzel, of Waldorf
To view and download photos from the recognition event, visit https://csmphoto.zenfolio.com/19alliedhealth.
About CSM’s Health Guided Pathway
Encompassing credit degree programs like Health Information Management, Nursing, Massage Therapy, EMS, Medical Laboratory Technology, Personal or Athletic Training, Pharmacy Technician and more, and continuing education workforce training certificates in a variety of specialties like Phlebotomy, CNA/GNA, and ECG/EKG Technicians, the Health Pathway at CSM is a broad swath of medical training for a number of different careers.
Learn more about CSM’s health pathways at https://www.csmd.edu/programs-courses/pathways/health/.