Team of Physicians for Students

Categories: Medical Assisting

Team of Physicians for Students, or TOPS, was founded in 1998 by osteopathic physician Dr. Paul Steingard, D.O., a family physician and sports medicine specialist from Phoenix. Dr. Steingard recognized a strong need for young athletes to be screened and provided with free physicals to help save lives and avoid sudden cardiac arrest and death from medical conditions. Dr. Steingard partnered with the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association for financial and administrative support and they have remained one of the event’s primary sponsors to this day. Many of the osteopathic physicians and medical providers who began with TOPS more than 10 years ago continue to participate in screenings. Along with vision testing, BP checks, and an oral exam, the screenings include free EKGs and echo cardiograms to detect potential heart problems. Dr. Steingard says, “If we save one life or help one child have a healthier future, we will have succeeded…

Good Impressions: Tips for Acing Your Job Interview

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During a job interview for an allied health position, you have the opportunity to create a positive impression of yourself – the way you answer the interview questions, and how memorable your answers are, will determine whether or not you are a fit for the job. Before a job interview, prepare yourself for these common interview questions and the interview will fly by. Tell me about yourself. When asked to talk about yourself, have your elevator speech prepared – a quick and succinct summary that grabs the interviewer’s attention in less than a minute. Create a brief story that includes an overview of your allied health education and training, recent career experience if applicable, and interests. What are your weaknesses? This dreaded question can be answered effectively by focusing on your strengths – you may say that in your line of work, you understand how important communication skills are, which…

2013 Military Friendly School List

Categories: Military

Arizona College is excited to announce that it has made the Military Friendly Schools list in 2013. All colleges on the list represent the top 15% of U.S. colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to educate America’s veterans. To determine a score for each school, the G.I. Jobs Military Friendly Schools team conducts exhaustive research. Research is based on criteria including military support on campus, academic credibility, percentage of military students, academic credit for military training, flexibility, veteran graduation rates, government approvals, tuition assistance, student surveys, employment rates, and military spouse policies. Arizona College recognizes that students in the military and veterans bring maturity and diverse experiences to the classroom. A number of financial benefits exist for military students, including: Military students who are called to active service are able to return to school without penalty. Participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program Participation in the MyCAA…

Allied Health Programs Offered at Our New Mesa Campus Location

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Occupancy for Arizona College’s new Mesa campus, located at 163 N. Dobson, is planned for this November with recruitment beginning shortly after for those who wish to start their chosen allied health training program in January 2013! A wide variety of programming will be available for students at Arizona College’s new Mesa campus, including the following career paths: Health Information Technology – Health Information Technology is an allied health career field for those with strong organizational and data management skills. Our programs feature billing and coding training and the opportunity to gain real-world experience in this field through an externship prior to graduation. At Arizona College, students who choose this career path have the option of pursuing either our Health Information Specialist diploma or our Health Information Technology associate degree. Dental Assisting – For those who enjoy working closely with patients, are good at multitasking, and have strong communication skills,…

Patient Interview Tips

Categories: Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting

When working in the healthcare field, it is crucial for allied health professionals to acquire interview techniques that encourage optimal communication between themselves and the patient. The next time you are in a situation where you are interviewing a patient, keep these helpful interview tips in mind: Whether you’re a Medical Assistant or a Massage Therapist, it helps to establish a rapport with the patient – while always remaining professional and confident. Getting to know your patients on a personal level may help make your patient more comfortable, which will help them fully and honestly answer your questions, even if they are not easy questions to answer. During the interview, show compassion and concern and build an atmosphere of trust. Be truthful and genuine, as well as empathic. Listen to your patient and pay attention to nonverbal cues – these may give clues about things they are not saying. It…