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Crystal Run Healthcare Providers Participate in Pine Bush High School's Excelsior Medical Academy



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Middletown, N.Y. – February 24, 2016 – Throughout the first two weeks of February, students from Pine Bush High School’s Excelsior Medical Academy had the opportunity to shadow physicians and other providers from Crystal Run Healthcare.  The yearlong program focuses primarily on shadowing and field observation and is made up of eleven high school juniors and seniors who are in the top ten percent of their class who also demonstrate a significant desire to pursue a career in the medial field. The shadow program is the field study portion of the syllabus and allows students to gain knowledge through observing actual providers in their day-to-day settings.

These eleven students observed Crystal Run providers with specialties in Cardiology, Endocrinology, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Oncology & Hematology, Pediatrics, Primary Care, Pulmonary Medicine, Radiology, Rheumatology, and Urgent Care.  Participating physicians from Cardiology included Dr. James McLaughlin, Dr. Michael Cho, Dr. Sandeep Singh, and Dr. Sherma Winchester-Penny; Endocrinology providers included Melissa Lombardo, NP and Dr. Quang Ton; providers in Family Practice included Dr. Wael Fakhoury and Lora Lyon, FNP; Gastroenterology physicians included Dr. Anthony Nici, Dr. Edward Croen, Dr. George Protopapas, and Dr. Katherine Kim; providers from Internal Medicine included Dr. Nabil Guindi and Dr. Lydia Park; Oncology & Hematology physician included Dr. Marc Rappaport; physicians in Pediatrics included Dr. Lori Hugg; Primary Care physicians included Dr. Eric Barbanel, Dr. Liby Mathew, Dr. Ramzi Tawil, and Dr. Shawkat Massih; physicians in Pulmonary Medicine included Dr. Ali Hmidi, Dr. Nancy Linneman, and Dr. Steven Grundfast; Rheumatology physician included Dr. H. Paul Lasky, and Urgent Care provider included Kathryn Infantino, PA.

Crystal Run Healthcare has had a long-standing commitment to supporting youth education as well as giving back to the local community. In addition to participating in the Excelsior Medical Academy for Pine Bush High School, providers and staff at Crystal Run have also partaken in Pine Bush High School’s Summer Medical Academy, continuing their support of youth education for the fourth year in a row. Each year, Crystal Run Healthcare is excited and proud to participate in both the Medical Academy and Excelsior program and contribute to the students’ ongoing education and interest of a career in the medial field.

“Each year we look forward to educating high school juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine.  Crystal Run Healthcare’s participation in this program is an integral part of our overall mission and allows us the opportunity to teach and mentor future professionals.  Not only is this exciting for both our providers and students, but we hope the students involved in this program are further inspired by our providers to follow their dreams,” said Gregory Spencer, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Crystal Run Healthcare.
“For the past four years, Pine Bush High School students interested in pursuing careers in health related fields have had amazing opportunities to shadow Crystal Run Healthcare providers.  It’s always amazing to hear from the students upon their return from the fieldwork and it is clear that their experiences have certainly helped guide them into making more informed career decisions.  The strategic partnership between Pine Bush High School and Crystal Run Healthcare provides our students personalized opportunities to work closely with and learn from respected health care providers in our community,” said Pine Bush High School Principal, Aaron Hopmayer.