News and Updates

An Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit produced with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

KEY FACTS:

  • A shortage of more than 90,000 physicians is predicted to occur within the next 10 years— including 45,000 primary care physicians and 46,000 surgeons and specialists.
  • Approximately one third of physicians could retire in the next decade.
  • Medical school enrollment will continue to increase by 7,000 graduates each year over the next
    ten years, but the number of residency slots has not kept pace with this increase as a result of
    the payment cap on Medicare’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) support.

Prying Open Health Fields for the Deaf

The “patient” complained of cold hands, muscle cramps and forgetfulness. He was feeling kind of puffy and lethargic.

The dozen or so “doctors” fired off questions: Was he eating? Sleeping well? Did he have pain? They researched his symptoms and determined he had an underactive thyroid gland.

This is what it’s like to be a doctor — a new idea to many of the deaf high school students from around the country at Explore Your Future. About 100 students are enrolled in sessions this week and next at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Program Announcement - Certificate in Healthcare Interpreting 2012 - 2013

The American Sign Language Interpreter Education Department (ASLIE) at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) is happy to announce the “Certificate in Healthcare Interpreting” program Academic Year 2012 - 2013. The overall aim of this certificate program is to provide specialized professional development to ASL/English interpreters in the area of healthcare interpreting. It promises to employ innovative teaching strategies/methodologies by nationally recognized healthcare experts combined with practical application within healthcare environments.

First-Ever Health Care Interpreting Certificate Grads at RIT/NTID

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology has graduated the first class from its Health Care Interpreting certificate program, the first program of its kind offered anywhere.

Thirteen students completed the 12-month Certificate in Health Care Interpreting taught by members of NTID’s American Sign Language & Interpreting Education Department. The program, was designed to provide specialized professional development to nationally certified ASL/English interpreters in the area of health care interpreting.

US Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy signs alliance agreement with National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities

US Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy signs alliance agreement with National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities

Agreement supports increased hiring of individuals with disabilities in health care industry

WASHINGTON— Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathleen Martinez and National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities President Beth Marks have signed an alliance agreement during National Nurses Week to promote the employment of individuals with disabilities in the health care industry.

Workshop for Emerging Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Scientists

I'm pleased to announce that the workshop for emerging deaf and hard-of-hearing scientists will take place at Gallaudet this May (17-18) and it promises to be an exciting opportunity for everyone!

Students and professionals in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are strongly encouraged to participate. There are scholarships available for high school, college, and graduate students so that they can attend the workshop. The scholarship application deadline is April 1, 2012.

Summer Programs Aimed at Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing Students

ROCHESTER. N.Y. — Deaf and hard-of-hearing students from across the country are invited to attend one of three summer career awareness camps focusing on science, technology, business and art at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Hundreds of students are expected.

Each program features hands-on activities during the day, social activities in the evenings and accommodations in a college dorm room. The programs are intended to promote interest in specific fields, and determine what career options may interest and motivate the students.