Health Science

Health Science Courses
Understanding Medicare:
Instructor: Mary Leddy, State Certified SHINE Counselor

This workshop is for anyone turning 65 or taking care of elderly parents. The class covers the essentials of Medicare including:

  1. How and when to register
  2. What Medicare costs and covers
  3. How to choose a prescription plan
  4. What the choices are for supplements and additional public assistance programs. 
About the instructor: Mary Leddy works for the Vineyard Health Care Access Program and is a state-certified SHINE Counselor trained to assist people with Medicare related issues. She is experienced with all state and federal programs that offer coverage for seniors and low income residents.
1 Wednesday, 6:00-8:00pm  (2 hours)
April 24
MVRHS: 419
Fee: $35

By submitting a payment through this site you agree to ACE MV’s TERMS OF REGISTRATION.

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Pharmacology I

Instructor: Lena Prisco, Ph.D.

Pharmacology for Allied Health Professionals introduces the science of pharmacology utilizing a disease-centric approach. The modules of this program emphasize an overview of drug treatment of disease and conditions incorporating pharmacology highlighting clinical applications. The course is broken into modules based on diseases and the drugs used to treat those conditions.  Whenever possible, real-world examples will be woven into the modules that also consider the role of allied health professionals as appropriate in the management, monitoring and administration of medications.

The course will consist of a series of 5 modules that combines lectures with student exercises that will be discussed in class. This class is open to all islanders for professional development and certificates of completion will be offered through ACE MV and the MV Hospital.

This five-week course covers:

  1. Module 1: Cardiovascular and Other Heart Diseases
  2. Module 2: Drugs for Psychiatry and Brain Disorders
  3. Module 3: Infections and Gastrointestinal Diseases Agents
  4. Module 4: Pain and Cancer Treatments
  5. Module 5: Respiratory Disorders and Other Disease Treatments
Expected Fall 2019 – Call to be put on our waitlist: 508-693-9222. 
Dates and Times TBD
Location: MV Hospital
Fee: $150
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Pharmacology II: How Drugs Work; Biological Principles of Drug Action – 3-Day Workshop

Instructor: Lena Prisco, Ph.D.

This 3-day workshop is for nurses, radiology technicians, and other Allied Professionals interested in the biological basis how and why drugs are administered. Students will learn how and why pharmacology is the basis of all drug use. Principles such as: Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics, drug threshold/tolerance/addiction; various physiochemical properties of drugs; how drugs interact in the body, and Routes of Administration will be discussed. 

This course will explore new topics not covered in our Fall 2017 Pharmacology course and is being offered for all islanders for professional development and certificates of completion will be offered through ACE MV and the MV Hospital. 

Note: Class is offered for all islanders for professional development and certificates of completion will be offered through ACE MVMV Hospital employees may be eligible for full tuition reimbursement for the course once the employee has satisfied the classroom hours and received their certificate.  Please contact the MV Hospital Human Resources Office for more information. 
About the instructor: Dr. Prisco began her career in healthcare as a Medical Lab Technician. During her 10 years in the clinical lab, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Central Connecticut State University and a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry from Quinnipiac University. She spent 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry in research and clinical trials during which time she completed a Doctorate in Pharmacology from the University of Connecticut. In the later stages of her career, Lena brought her clinical and research experience to a large publishing company in medical education and science working across many therapeutic areas. Here on the Island, Lena was the Laboratory Director for the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. She is currently Chair of the Dukes County Health Council as well as a consultant in healthcare education and instructor for ACE MV.
Expected Fall 2019 – Call to be put on our waitlist: 508-693-9222. 
Dates and Times TBD
Location: MV Hospital
Fee: $150

By submitting a payment through this site you agree to ACE MV’s TERMS OF REGISTRATION.

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Medical Terminology for Allied Health Professionals
Instructor: Lena Prisco, Ph.D.
These seminars and workshops are designed as an introduction to medical terminology and to increase familiarity with medical terms while reviewing basic anatomy and physiology. The sessions are organized based on body systems and the words associated with diseases and procedures associated with each system. Students will learn roots of medical words and learn to be able to analyze and determine the meaning of unknown words across the fields in medicine. The course is built on competency-based curricula that consists of textbook lecture combined with student workbook exercises that will be discussed in class. 
Note: Class is offered for all islanders for professional development and certificates of completion will be offered through ACE MVMV Hospital employees may be eligible for full tuition reimbursement for the course once the employee has satisfied the classroom hours and received their certificate.  Please contact the MV Hospital Human Resources Office for more information. 
About the instructor: Dr. Prisco began her career in healthcare as a Medical Lab Technician. During her 10 years in the clinical lab, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Central Connecticut State University and a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry from Quinnipiac University. She spent 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry in research and clinical trials during which time she completed a Doctorate in Pharmacology from the University of Connecticut. In the later stages of her career, Lena brought her clinical and research experience to a large publishing company in medical education and science working across many therapeutic areas. Here on the Island, Lena was the Laboratory Director for the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. She is currently Chair of the Dukes County Health Council as well as a consultant in healthcare education and instructor for ACE MV.
Expected Academic Year 2019 – Call to be put on our waitlist: 508-693-9222. 
Dates and Times TBD
Location: MV Hospital
Fee: $150
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