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Distance Learning: Minorities in Healthcare Professions

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Date: March 25, 2009

Panel Members:
Dr. Anthony B. Chappell, Cardiologist, East Georgia Regional Medical Center
Dr. Cynthia Cone-Dekle, Director of Behavioral Health Services, Pineland MHDDSA
Dr. Kimberly Coleman, Assistant Professor, Health and Kinesiology, Georgia Southern University
Dr. Cassandra Arroyo, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Georgia Southern University
Ms. Mary Hagan-Bicoy, Cytotechnologist, St. Joseph Candler Hospital

Magnolia Coastlands AHEC
Georgia Southern University Multicultural Student Center

Session Description: Minorities tend to be under represented in many health professions, especially those requiring a bachelors degree or higher. In this interactive session a team of panelists who are minority health professionals will describe their career paths and job roles and share tips for success. Careers represented include medicine, nursing, health education, behavioral health, medical technology, and epidemiology.

Session Objectives:
Session Participants will:

  1. Learn about an array of health professions that are under represented by minorities.
  2. Hear the personal career paths of minority individuals including how and why they chose their professions, what education requirements they completed, and what they do on a day to day basis.
  3. Learn about barriers overcome and keys to success from each of the speakers.
  4. Have opportunity to ask questions and seek advice from each of the panelists with regards to career choices.

Technology Requirements:
Participants registering for programs should have access to the following technology for best viewing and participation:

  • Personal computer with Macintosh or Windows with 512 MB of RAM
  • Broadband internet connection such as an office LAN, DSL, or cable modem
  • Phone next to personal computer (or speaker phone if multiple people are viewing)
  • Computer speakers (built-in or attached)
  • Latest version of Adobe Flash which can be downloaded for free at