Medical Education Honors Veterans at Annual Luncheon

Medical Education Honors Veterans at Annual Luncheon

On November 9, the Medical Education Campus (MEC) hosted a Veterans Day Luncheon in honor of veterans, dependents and active duty members who served in the United States Armed Forces. Several students, faculty and staff participated in the program sponsored by the MEC’s Office of Military and Veterans Services. Lt. Col. Robert Hunt was the guest speaker for the event. With 24 years of military … Continue reading Medical Education Honors Veterans at Annual Luncheon

Your Student Success Conference at the MEC

Your Student Success Conference at the MEC

Learning and Technology Resources (LTR) and Student Services planned and held Your Student Success Conference on October 17. The conference was sponsored by the Medical Education Campus’ (MEC) Achieving the Dream team. The purpose of the conference was to help students to not only start strong but to stay and finish strong by reminding them about tools and resources available to them while attending NOVA. The departments that participated included … Continue reading Your Student Success Conference at the MEC

MEC Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness

MEC Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness

The Radiology (Rad) Club students, led by Radiology Instructor and club advisor Maggie Massie, celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness month in an unusual way at the Medical Education Campus (MEC) on October 17. Creating a board with decorated bras, the group asked for donations from anyone willing to take a chance on their “Bra Pong” game. Toss ping pong balls into a bra and win a prize. … Continue reading MEC Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness

MEC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

MEC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Local Latin Hip Hop artist Cristopolis, who speaks English, Spanish and French, performed at the Medical Education Campus on September 26. He focused on Latin American history and contributions of Latinos in music and urban culture. He entertained attendees by fusing spoken word lyrics while bucket drumming with the accompaniment of a backup vocal artist and guitarist. All faculty, staff and students were invited by … Continue reading MEC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

MEC Supports the 2017 Walk Off Parkinson's Event

MEC Supports the 2017 Walk Off Parkinson’s Event

On September 24, the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) students at the Medical Education Campus (MEC) joined with the Virginia Physical Therapy Association at Nationals Park for the 2017 Walk Off Parkinson’s event. This family-friendly event is held on an annual basis to support people with Parkinson’s disease and raise funds for the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area (PFNCA). For several years Patricia Ottavio, … Continue reading MEC Supports the 2017 Walk Off Parkinson’s Event

MEC Helps Students Learn Anatomy With Life-like Synthetic Cadaver

MEC Helps Students Learn Anatomy With Life-Like Synthetic Cadaver

To kick off the fall semester, the anatomy lab at the Medical Education Campus (MEC) welcomed a new addition to assist students interested in health-related programs – a synthetic human cadaver, also referred to as a SynDaver, named after the company that produces the most realistic synthetic representation of human anatomy. Since its start in 2003, the MEC’s anatomy lab has used a fully-preserved human … Continue reading MEC Helps Students Learn Anatomy With Life-Like Synthetic Cadaver

Dr. Marsha Atkins Appointed MEC Dean of Nursing

Dr. Marsha Atkins Appointed MEC Dean of Nursing

Dr. Marsha Atkins was appointed as dean of nursing for NOVA’s Medical Education Campus (MEC) effective July 25. Atkins was chosen for her leadership abilities and vast teaching experience in the medical and academic fields. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Atkins has 46 years of clinical practice, education and administrative experience in both the military and public sector. As a former certified nurse midwife for 35 … Continue reading Dr. Marsha Atkins Appointed MEC Dean of Nursing

Robert Wade Appointed MEC Dean of Allied Health

Robert Wade Appointed MEC Dean of Allied Health

Dr. Robert (Bob) Wade has been appointed as the interim dean of Allied Health for the Medical Education Campus (MEC). Wade served as interim dean of nursing for a one-year term and was chosen based on his leadership abilities and vast teaching experience in the medical profession. He has over 20 years of administrative and nursing experience in both the public and private sector. As … Continue reading Robert Wade Appointed MEC Dean of Allied Health

Medical Education Campus Hosts Multicultural Education Week

Medical Education Campus Hosts Multicultural Education Week

The Medical Education Campus (MEC) Multicultural Education Week, spearheaded by Student Life and a few student clubs and organizations, coincided with the celebration of the National Library Week this year. Among the events planned, the MEC Library hosted its annual Student Breakfast on April 10 to kick-off the Library Week. They also sponsored a button designing contest, lunchtime games and selfies with Sam the Skeleton, … Continue reading Medical Education Campus Hosts Multicultural Education Week

Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week at the MEC

Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week at the MEC

On March 29, there was a perfect combination of creativity and conversation at the Medical Education Campus (MEC). Celebrating drug and alcohol awareness week, a drunk driving simulator car allowed students, faculty and staff to drive in a simulated drunk mode. After feeling the dangerous effects of driving under the influence, participants experienced their delayed response to control the car and the narrowed field of … Continue reading Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week at the MEC

Kirsten Mentzer Presents at 32nd Computers in Libraries 2017

Kirsten Mentzer, technology specialist in the library at the Medical Education Campus (MEC), presented at the 32nd Computers in Libraries 2017. Computers in Libraries is a nationally renowned conference focusing on computers and technology as used by all types of libraries and librarians. Mentzer was part of a panel that included Meghan Kowalski from Catholic University, Alex Zealand from Arlington Public Library and Lennea Bower … Continue reading Kirsten Mentzer Presents at 32nd Computers in Libraries 2017

NOVA Participates in 2017 Northern Virginia Regional College Fair

George Mason University hosted the 32nd annual Northern Virginia Regional College Fair on March 29, at the Eagle Bank Arena and NOVA representatives were out in force to greet the 1,600 people – freshmen, sophomores and juniors from over 50 high schools throughout Northern Virginia, as well as their parents and counselors. NOVA had three tables filled with information and staffed by outreach personnel from … Continue reading NOVA Participates in 2017 Northern Virginia Regional College Fair

Humphrey Fellow Visits Annandale and Medical Education Campuses

Humphrey Fellow Visits Annandale and Medical Education Campuses

NOVA welcomed its second Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow as Huyen Pham, senior researcher for drug policy related studies with the Center for Research and Training on HIV/AIDS at Hanoi Medical University, visited during the week of March 26 to 31. Pham participated in a whirlwind of meetings during the week with faculty, staff and students at NOVA and George Mason University and outside experts in … Continue reading Humphrey Fellow Visits Annandale and Medical Education Campuses

MEC Faculty and Staff Participate in Local Career Event

Each year, sophomores at South Lakes High School engage in a career unit as part of their English curriculum in which they explore various career options and what careers might be of interest to them individually. At the end of this curriculum, which lasts approximately two weeks, there is a career exploration event in which up to 40 different career professionals participate so that students … Continue reading MEC Faculty and Staff Participate in Local Career Event

NOVA Dental Hygiene Participates in First “It’s Hygienic” Event

The first “It’s Hygienic” competition was held on March 18. All the dental hygiene programs in the Commonwealth were invited to participate in the event in Richmond, Virginia. “It’s Hygienic” is a game show for second-year dental hygiene students preparing for the licensing exams. The game follows the format and subjects of the Dental Hygiene National Board Exam (DHNBE). Each program could have a team … Continue reading NOVA Dental Hygiene Participates in First “It’s Hygienic” Event

Stress Reduction Tool Bag Workshop

How do you know you are stressed? Do you recognize the symptoms of stress? Come and explore the newest research and what experts are saying about good and bad stress. The workshop, “Stress Reduction Tool Bag,” will be held on Wednesday, April 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Medical Education Campus in Room 256. Participants will gain the tools to manage stress, including … Continue reading Stress Reduction Tool Bag Workshop

Dr. Susan F. Wood Speaks at the MEC for Women’s History Month

Dr. Susan F. Wood Speaks at the MEC for Women’s History Month

On March 22, in celebration of Women’s History Month, Dr. Susan F. Wood was the guest speaker at the Medical Education Campus (MEC). Wood is an associate professor of health policy and of environmental and occupational health at the George Washington University, and the executive director of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health at the same institution. The focus of this long-time champion of women’s health … Continue reading Dr. Susan F. Wood Speaks at the MEC for Women’s History Month

Looking Forward: A Familiar Face in a New Role

Looking Forward: A Familiar Face in a New Role

She may not be a new face, but Esther Abisogun has taken on a new role at NOVA’s Medical Education Campus (MEC) where she recently accepted a position as a full-time teaching faculty in the Nursing Division. This new appointment is the latest chapter in Abisogun’s approximately four-decade story related to nursing, her passion in life. She started at the MEC as an adjunct faculty … Continue reading Looking Forward: A Familiar Face in a New Role

NOVA Honors Former Director of the MEC Restorative Dental Clinic

NOVA Honors Former Director of the MEC Restorative Dental Clinic

In remembrance of his significant contributions to NOVA, a dedication and memorial service was held at the Medical Education Campus (MEC) on March 7 in honor of Dr. Howard L. Kelley, former associate instructor, chief dentist and the MEC Restorative Dental Clinic director. Members of Kelley’s family along with NOVA faculty, staff and community members shared fond memories of Kelley often reciting, “Life is 10 … Continue reading NOVA Honors Former Director of the MEC Restorative Dental Clinic

Nevarez Helps Build Children’s Dining Facility in Nicaragua

Nevarez Helps Build Children’s Dining Facility in Nicaragua

Growing up in Managua, Nicaragua, there were days when Elvira Nevarez and her four siblings went without food. Living in a single-parent household, there were many days she attended school hungry. When members within the community assisted her family with various acts of kindness, Nevarez appreciated their generosity and knew one day she would be able to pay it forward. Now, years later, as an … Continue reading Nevarez Helps Build Children’s Dining Facility in Nicaragua

Annual Medical Education Campus Career Fair a Success

Annual Medical Education Campus Career Fair a Success

The Annual Medical Education Campus (MEC) Career Fair was held on March 2, including 23 leading organizations in nursing and allied health professions. Many recruiters return each year and there were several new ones attending this year. Approximately 250 students attend MEC Career Fair usually, but this year it was a superior success with over 350 students in attendance, dressed for success and ready with … Continue reading Annual Medical Education Campus Career Fair a Success

Medical Education Campus Implements Changes to DMS Program

Medical Education Campus Implements Changes to DMS Program

The NOVA Curriculum Committee recently approved curriculum modifications to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program at the Medical Education Campus. The DMS academic curriculum, which is now referred to as the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Guided Pathway, will offer changes to some of the DMS core courses, including changes to the number of credits, order of classes offered and course numbers. Leigh Giles-Brown, DMS program … Continue reading Medical Education Campus Implements Changes to DMS Program

The MEC Celebrates Black History Month

The MEC Celebrates Black History Month

Every year in February, students, faculty, staff and the general public are invited to take part in a series of events celebrating Black History Month. February is a multi-themed month at the Medical Education Campus (MEC) with Student Life sponsoring and combining other February activities related to Heart Healthy, Spirit Week and Mardi Gras. MEC kicked off this month-long celebration with a Senior Heart Health … Continue reading The MEC Celebrates Black History Month

The MEC Participates in Oral Health Fair

The MEC Participates in Oral Health Fair

First- and second-year dental hygiene students from the Medical Education Campus (MEC) along with the Northern Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association and Fairfax County Early Head Start Program held an Oral Health Fair at the Fairfax Government Center February 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as part of the pediatric dental hygiene educational experience. Early head starters and their families were invited to play games … Continue reading The MEC Participates in Oral Health Fair

391 Preschoolers Receive Free Dental Care at the MEC

391 Preschoolers Receive Free Dental Care at the MEC

The Medical Education Campus (MEC) hosted the 2017 Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) event on Friday, February 10. The event, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Dental Society, provided free dental services to 391 at-risk preschoolers primarily from Arlington County. A total of $68,874 worth of dentistry was provided to those who received care. The children were seen by dental professionals, students and community members who … Continue reading 391 Preschoolers Receive Free Dental Care at the MEC