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February 2016 - Volume 12 - Issue 8
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New President Looking to Expand Opportunities at Miami Dade College Medical Campus

Dr. Mark Everett has only been president of the Miami Dade College Medical Campus since Jan. 4, but he is already spearheading efforts to expand and improve opportunities for students. This includes advancing two major construction projects: a 1,500 space parking garage for faculty, staff and students, and the creation of a new virtual hospital and simulation center. These campus additions are brick-and-mortar examples of Dr. Everett’s overriding goal - to provide students with the support that they need to succeed.

 
“I have always taken the stance that I am here for the students - there’s no question,” he said of the last five years that he has worked at the college. Dr. Everett most recently served as dean of the School of Health Sciences, and prior to that as its chairperson. “I want to see our students succeed from entry point to their exit and beyond; and to do that, we need to have all of the necessary components in place.”
 
To this end, Dr. Everett is working to increase education and training opportunities, and is also reaching out to the community with the goal of expanding the school’s partnership base. “We currently have 800-plus clinical affiliation agreements in Miami Dade County, and they are a very important part of our future,” he said. “We’re always looking at adding additional programs to satisfy stakeholder needs; as health care is changing, so are the needs of employers, and we need to make sure that we’re providing appropriate education and training to our students that meets or exceeds their standards.
 
“That’s one of the reasons that the addition of the virtual hospital and simulation center is so exciting,” he added. “Students in the physician assistant and nursing programs, for example, will be able to do a certain percentage of their clinical simulations on campus, using real-world scenarios. The center will also be available for health care organizations and companies to use for training and research.”
 
Dr. Everett has already introduced a number of training and certification programs, including Community Health Worker (CHW) and Behavioral Health Technician training. In late January, SBIRT, or Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment training will begin, which will enable employers to better train their staff to conduct patient interviews at screening and to better evaluate persons for substance abuse disorders, for example.
 
These programs, which are being funded by grants from the federal government, in addition to projects funded through other agencies such as the Health Foundation of South Florida and the Peacock Foundation, enable the school to review or develop best practices and integrate these concepts into existing programs, as well as launch new programs.
 
“As president, resource development is one of my priorities moving forward,” said Dr. Everett. “I want to strengthen and improve the programs that we have, as well as expand our partnership base so that we can find even more opportunities for our graduates. We already have great relationships throughout the spectrum of health care, and I want to strengthen those relationships while developing new ones.”
 
Dr. Everett adds that of the 23 programs offered on the medical campus, 18 have additional accreditation by specialized accrediting bodies - a fact that he believes speaks volumes about the quality of education provided by the Miami Dade College Medical Campus.
 
By reaching out to the medical community, Dr. Everett hopes to make a difference to the Miami Dade community as a whole. “When you make a difference in the lives of students, staff and faculty, it provides a natural connection to making a difference in the health of the community,” he explained.
 
In 2015, Medical Campus students provided in excess of 30,000 community service learning hours, many of them in conjunction with their partners at health fairs throughout the community; at the medical campus’ community health and wellness clinic, dental hygiene clinic, vision care clinic, and veterinary technology clinic, and through the massage therapy clinic that the school manages. “I’d like to see us double the number of hours in the next five years, though this takes a number of partners willing to extend a helping hand,” said Everett. “This is what we need to continue the creation of a thriving, healthy community.”

To learn more about Miami Dade College Medical Campus, visit www.mdc.edu/medical or call (305) 237-4000.

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