RIT on TV News: RGHS Alliance (Ch. 10 at 5pm)





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WHEC-TV (Channel 10) reports on the announcement of a strategic alliance between RIT and Rochester General Health System.

It's a strategic alliance. That's what the presidents of Rochester Institute of Technology and Rochester General Health System are calling their new collaboration.

It means Rochester General Hospital is RIT's medical center. In return, the college will serve as the hospital's academic affiliate.

It opens the door for more research, more money and more opportunities for students to train at the hospital. It could also mean more academic programs and jobs in the future.

Rochester General Health Services CEO Mark Clement said, We believe partnering allows us to do research that we couldn't do independently.

Currently, third-year physician assistant students practice in the classroom, but next year it will take place in a hospital room. Today's announcement means more opportunities to learn on real patients instead of role playing with other students.

RIT student Christina Clark said, We've already been there a bunch of times with our history and physical exam class and we've gotten a little experience and I love the hospital and I think it will be great for rotations.

The 105 students in RIT's PA program do their rotations at several local hospitals. The alliance means more opportunities at general.

Kayleigh Vanduyne hopes it also means a job after college. I would love to stay in this community. It's a great medical health community and they're really supportive and it would be really nice to find a job around here. So this definitely opens so many more jobs for all of us.

Part of the idea behind this alliance is immersing students in the community so they stay here when they graduate.

Junior Matthew Gorgone said, A lot of the physicians assistants who go to this school do end up working there. I think them coming and saying we're going to be in alliance with them helps us in our credibility.

Heidi miller has run RIT's physician assistant program since it started in 1993. She's excited about the possibilities. I was an employee at Rochester General in the late 80's and early 90's prior to the inception of this program so for me to have this formal alliance with Rochester General is kind of like going home and kind of...formalizing that really is very personal to me.

During today's announcement, News 10NBC learned this alliance would put RIT students in line for jobs with Rochester General Hospital.

The two presidents also made it clear this morning the purpose of this alliance is not to compete with or duplicate any other programs in the area, but to open the door for new programs, new research and to enhance programs like the physician assistant program.

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