Tameca Miller (Class of 2016)
My name is Tameca Miller and my story for joining the Medical Informatics Master program at SUNY Downstate is a unique one that may sound familiar to some. I started off my career with a Bachelor degree in Nursing from Medgar Evers College of Nursing. When working in community health and ambulatory care nursing, I always shared an interest in the EHR that my organization had implemented at the time. I attended training with enthusiasm to learn and assist in problem solving. My background was well received when the informatics team needed to prototype a new update or to integrate a new device into the current workflow of the practice. With the knowledge and skill I obtained from working on the floors in the clinical setting, I was presented the opportunity to become a super user. That decision changed my life!!! The exposure I received led me to my current occupation as a Clinical Analyst level 2. More responsibilities came with the title but the ride is great.
I became interested in the SUNY Medical Informatics Program from attending its open house which was hosted by Dr. Topor. He was able to fill in many gaps in explaining the history and true meaning of Medical Informatics. With the evolution of health care, I have to say this program serves a needed purpose. My main goal is to continue to grow in the field and to learn enough to make a historical change is this large domain.
Magdalena Rzeszotko (Class of 2016)
I entered the health care profession with hopes of protecting and advocating for the wellbeing of the population. Working in clinical setting at New York Presbyterian Hospital made me realize that clinical information systems, data collection and data analysis have a notable impact on sustaining successful and cost-effective healthcare system. Technology holds an essential role in establishing safer and more efficient patient care.
Medical Informatics program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center presents me with a platform to advance my knowledge in the field of health information technology. It allows me to combine my clinical background and strong interests in technology to achieve highest-level of education. Medical Informatics program at SUNY Downstate incorporates balanced combination of theoretical and practical curriculum.
My experience with the program has been nothing but excellent. Academic faculty has been encouraging and supportive, what consequently has allowed me to grow beyond my expectations. I would undoubtedly recommend this program to potential students as it offers a well-defined, comprehensive curriculum taught by knowledgeable and experienced professors. I’m very satisfied with choosing SUNY Downstate Medical Center for my Masters Degree in Medical Informatics.
I enjoy being a part of an innovative process that strives to improve lives of patients on a national level. My goal is to continue advancing my knowledge in this exciting and evolving field. I would like to become a robust contributor to overall innovation of healthcare delivery systems for the best interest of others.
(L to R) Ram Singh, Debra Carey, Dr. Isaac Topor, Catherine Calacanis
Ram and Catherine present their SUNY Downstate Outreach Program database to Debra Carey, CEO of University Hospital.