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 Summer learning for volunteers

This summer, student volunteers and co-op students took advantage of some unique learning opportunities at Sinai Health.

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The Maximizing Aging Using Volunteer Engagement (MAUVE) program volunteers and co-op students had a successful education day on August 10. The session was organized by Sarah Connelly, Geriatric Emergency Nurse, and Angel Lau, Elder Life Specialist. The session included volunteers and co-op students from Mount Sinai’s Emergency Department and from inpatient units at both the Mount Sinai and Hennick Bridgepoint campuses. Special guests Nana Asomaning, Patient Care Manager of Mount Sinai’s Emergency Department and Dr. Don Melady, Emergency Physician at Mount Sinai, led an engaging and informative session filled with dynamic discussions on topics about the specific needs of older adult patients. The MAUVE volunteers found this learning opportunity invaluable and thoroughly enjoyed the session!


Volunteers and co-op students sat down for a chat with Dr. Gary Newton, Sinai Health President and CEO in one of two informal sessions. Dr. Newton shared his insight on medicine and leadership and answered questions fromthese aspiring future health-care professionals.






Student volunteers planning to pursue careers in health care had the opportunity to shadow a health-care professional during a procedure in Mount Sinai’s cardiac catheterization lab.

“I learned so much and it helped me to reflect on how important the heart truly is. Thom, the nurse who assisted the physician with the procedure was kind to share his knowledge,” said Chelsey Das Neves, a student who volunteers in the Emergency Department, the MAUVE program and in the NICU.

Submitted by: Angel Lau, Elder Life Specialist, Sinai Health