Phlebotomist Tim Brodsky leads a session for students at Williston Central School.
This year our department piloted two forms of youth community outreach. On April 6th, staff members conducted a field trip to Williston Central School for lab science education. The team consisted of Tyler Sanville from Microbiology, Tim Brodsky from Phlebotomy, Eleanor Fortner-Buczala from Autopsy (now Cytopathology), Ellen Riley from Cytopathology, and Kayla O’Toole from Chemistry. “Learning about autopsy can be difficult, but the students treated the samples and information with care and maturity,” says Fortner-Buczala. “I’m excited to see how they use this information in the future.” Due to the excellent work by this team, other local schools have reached out looking for similar opportunities. On April 18th, the department hosted students from The Schoolhouse Learning Center in the department, in areas including Cytogenetics, Autopsy, and Anatomic Pathology. “The program is an excellent way to engage with the community,” says Brodsky. “It provides an opportunity to connect what kids learn in science class to the real world, and to introduce them to a side of the medical field that may be unknown or unfamiliar to them.”