Professor Paskell Trains Medical Students for Bright Futures
Terrance Paskell is the Department Chair and Program Director of the Medical Technology program at Marist. He has been a member of the faculty for 6 years and teaches Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Microscopy, Human Biology, and a First Year Seminar (a class just for freshmen) on Human Disease.
What do you like about teaching at Marist?
My favorite part is teaching students something that they’ll actually apply when they graduate. The medical technology program essentially teaches students how to work in a lab, and so when the students graduate, there are a lot of employment opportunities for them. Graduation day is always bittersweet because you’re happy for them, but you’ve built a very close relationship with them and then they sort of “leave the nest.”
What advice do you have for incoming students?
My first bit of advice would be to learn how to study science. Learn what techniques work for you and every night, devote some time to studying. Cramming before a test is no way to actually learn anything. If you really want to learn the material, study over a long period of time. That way, it commits it to long-term memory. Students have to take a certification exam after they graduate, and that exam encompasses the last three semesters of what they learned while they were here. It’s a bad idea to just try and pass exams. It’s a better idea to actually try and learn the material we’re teaching you.
Are there any special developments or events happening in the department?
We do have a big, beautiful new building with some more modern equipment, gorgeous views, and fantastic lighting. The labs themselves are now very bright and cheery atmospheres, so we’re hoping that translates into more interactive and meaningful learning experiences. Also, we’re one of the few departments on campus who has their own job fair. Our students are so in demand that we actually have employers come here and try to recruit our students. In April we have several events for our juniors and seniors where they talk to recruiters from places such as New York Presbyterian, NYU, Sloan-Kettering, Yale, the VA Health Care System, Mt. Sinai Hospital, the list goes on. So you can see why I’m excited to teach in this program. We’ve gained the respect of the entire tristate area for turning out quality medical technologists, so I’m very proud to teach in this program.
Written by Shannon Donohue '17
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