All posts by Joyce Edelstein

Life on the Wild Side: Brian Dowling’s surprising, satisfying career

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014
Sometimes destiny stares you right in the face.
Picture a seven-year-old boy staring transfixed at two man-eating lions, stuffed and on display at Chicago’s Field Museum. He would get a good grade on his school report about the notorious killers of Tsavo, Kenya.
Flash forward to today and this seven-year-old is now the general curator for Lion Country Safari, the renowned drive-through wild animal park in western Palm Beach County. … Continue reading Life on the Wild Side: Brian Dowling’s surprising, satisfying career

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Palm Beach State hosts first EMS competition

Professional emergency medical services teams from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties competed today in Palm Beach State College’s first EMS Panther Challenge, held at the Public Safety Training Center on the Lake Worth campus. The teams’ knowledge and skills in advanced life support were put to the test in dynamic, realistic medical scenarios that involved human patient simulators (wireless, computerized mannequins) and people portraying patients.
Nine professional teams competed, including Palm Beach Gardens, Delray Beach and Boca Raton Fire Rescue departments, … Continue reading Palm Beach State hosts first EMS competition

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Setting the bar high | Robert M. Shalhoub

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014
Enter the world of Robert M. Shalhoub. The ‘attorney by day, adjunct instructor by night’ is near-legendary as a superhero for paralegals in Palm Beach County. For 35 years, he has taught in Palm Beach State College’s Paralegal A.S. degree program. His students are always a little scared at first, most work harder than they ever have before, but they always leave saying his “Court System: Procedures and Pleadings I & … Continue reading Setting the bar high | Robert M. Shalhoub

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Truth, justice and no gimmicks | Dr. Paul L. Friedman

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014
When Crime Scene Technology students enter the program’s lab for the first time, they’re always underwhelmed.
“There are no holograms or neon lights, The Who isn’t playing in the background and Marg Helgenberger [of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” fame] doesn’t work here,” says Dr. Paul Friedman.
Likewise, Friedman dashes the hopes of criminal justice students who set their sights on becoming criminal profilers. “There’s really no such thing. … Continue reading Truth, justice and no gimmicks | Dr. Paul L. Friedman

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Blah, blah, blah? Not Dr. V. | Jesus J. Venereo, M.D.

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014
The 8 a.m. Medical Assisting class in Diseases, Disorders and Treatment is getting underway. Students are assembled, but instead of being half asleep, they are energized by a song blaring through computer speakers. Today’s selection, “YMCA,” has everyone dancing. Their instructor, Dr. Jesus Venereo, a medical doctor and pathologist, begins every morning class by playing a student’s song choice. “It brings the class together and starts conversations. … Continue reading Blah, blah, blah? Not Dr. V. | Jesus J. Venereo, M.D.

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Open House offers dental health professionals continuing education

April 12 event also celebrates 50th anniversary of College’s dental health education programs.
Palm Beach State’s Dental Health Services will host its annual Professional Development Open House for dental health professionals on Saturday, April 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dental Health Services Building on the College’s Lake Worth campus.
The event will give dental hygienists, dental assistants, dentists and other dental health professionals the opportunity to earn continuing education units (CEUs) as well as celebrate the 50th anniversary of Palm Beach State’s Dental Health programs and community dental care. … Continue reading Open House offers dental health professionals continuing education

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Palm Beach State awarded Florida Blue Foundation grant

Through the use of human simulation technology, health care students can practice clinical skills without putting real patients in jeopardy. The technology promotes safer, better patient care when it counts, and has been used by Palm Beach State College for more than 10 years.
Now the Florida Blue Foundation has awarded Palm Beach State a $55,000 grant to enhance the use of simulation technology in its health sciences programs. The College is one of eight Florida institutions to share in the approximately $350,000 Florida Blue Foundation Simulation Mini Grant Program to support applied simulation research and program development to advance health care education and training. … Continue reading Palm Beach State awarded Florida Blue Foundation grant

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Quantum Foundation grant to expand PBSC Nursing program

Hundreds of would-be nurses are turned away each year from nursing schools around the state. The problem isn’t a lack of qualified applicants, but a lack of faculty and resources to support the additional students. This is a serious situation considering that Florida’s registered nurse (RN) shortage will exceed 50,000 by 2025, according to the Florida Center for Nursing.
Now, through a $322,044 Quantum Foundation grant, Palm Beach State College will be able to accept 60 more qualified applicants into its respected and long-established nursing program. … Continue reading Quantum Foundation grant to expand PBSC Nursing program

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Biotech forces converging for special week

Palm Beach State College, a leading provider of biotechnology workforce education, will showcase its programs and host Florida biotech industry leaders during a weeklong celebration Feb. 17-21.
Biotech Awareness Week is for anyone interested in the life sciences. Students and those seeking biotech employment are especially encouraged to participate and bring their resumes and business cards. All events are free and take place at the BioScience Technology Complex (SC) on the Palm Beach Gardens campus, 3160 PGA Boulevard. … Continue reading Biotech forces converging for special week

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Dental Health students give smiles to 300 kids

Busloads of Head Start preschoolers came to the Dental Hygiene Care Center on the Lake Worth campus to get their teeth checked and cleaned on Feb. 7, the annual Give Kids a Smile Day. 
For the eighth year, Palm Beach State’s Dental Health Services department hosted the event as part of the American Dental Association’s national day, started in 2003. As tallied by the ADA, the 2014 Give Kids a Smile Day benefited 346,524 children at 1,525 events put on by 9,105 participating dentists and 28,370 volunteers. … Continue reading Dental Health students give smiles to 300 kids

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