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       Dr. Anna Haro


       Department:  CATE


       Room:  Float


       Email:  anna.haro@houstonisd.org
       Phone: 281-920-8000  ext. 036155



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    Syllabus: Medical Terminology (The knowledge and study of language for health care professionals)


    Teacher: Dr. Anna H. Haro                                                                 Room: TBD

    Tutorial: Thursdays: 4:05-4:45PM and others by appointment          Conference: 3rd Period

    Email: anna.haro@houstonisd.org                                                     Phone: 281-920-8000

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    Course Description: The Medical Terminology course is designed to introduce students to communicating in the language of health care professionals. Students will learn the structure of medical terms, including prefixes, suffixes, word roots, singular and plural forms, and medical abbreviations. The course will focus on appropriate use of online information resources to develop Medical Terminology and drug therapy treatment of various diseases of the Cardiovascular system, Endocrine System, Immune System, and Nervous System. The course allows students to achieve comprehension of medical vocabulary appropriate to medical procedures, human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and drug therapy. It is an ever-changing, growing body of information that continually demands greater amounts of time and education from health care workers.

     Course Objectives: At the conclusion of the course, students will exhibit foundational knowledge and skills, in addition to the attitudes and values of communicating with and within the health care profession. Students will learn how to communicate using the medical terminology language as related to patient care and the health care industry. Students will learn communication strategies utilizing oral, written, electronic and various adaptive communication media. Students will demonstrate accomplishment of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Medical Terminology, which are documented in Subchapter H, §130.223 accessible here: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter130/ch130h.html

     Class supplies:

    HISD laptop computer

    Class Notebook/Spiral

    Pen and a pencil - any color dark enough to be visible

    Additional supplies will be provided during class as needed and will be collected prior to exiting the classroom.

     Classroom Rules:

    1. RESPECT! Demonstrate respect for self and for others’ rights, beliefs, opinions, and property.
    2. Be prepared, arrive on-time, follow school rules and the HISD code of conduct, which are all a sign of respect. See rule number one.

     Teacher’s Commitments:

    1. Respect all students - treat every student fairly, with empathy and compassion, and with equity of consequence to all students in the virtual classroom.
    2. Prepare virtual classroom and assignments for effective use of time.
    3. Model the values, attitudes, skills, and knowledge (VASK) of a health care professional and teacher.
    4. Demonstrate accountability for student performance and assessment.
    5. Communicate course information including the calendar, curriculum content, exams, projects, and student progress.
    6. Encourage and help establish students’ health care industry goals.
    7. Abide and enforce the HISD code of conduct and Westside High School Rules.

    Grading Policy:

    Major Grades – includes Essays, Projects, Exams                           70%

    Daily Assignments, Quizzes, Labs and VASK score                         30%

    What is VASK? VASK stands for values, attitudes, skills, and knowledge. Professional health care workers abide by a unique set of values, attitudes, skills, and knowledge, which distinguish health care workers from all other professional careers. As a health care professional, it is an honor, a privilege, and an onerous responsibility to care for the life of another human being. Students participating in the Health Care Science Technology CTE track will model and develop these characteristics throughout the academic year. The expectation is that students who choose the health care science CTE track will earn full credit for their VASK scores. Points will be deducted for violation of health care VASK traits such as dishonesty, disrespect, apathy, and others; such incidents will be documented within 24 hours. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to earn additional points toward their VASK score for exceptional display of the VASK traits.

    Late work: All work is expected to be submitted electronically to the HUB or by email (when the HUB is down) no later than 11:59PM on the published due date. All late work can be submitted during the same week of the due date – no later than 11:59PM on Sunday prior to the next week. Any late work submitted after the final Sunday cut-off must be posted to the HUB AND emailed directly to Anna.Haro@Houstonisd.org with a full paragraph explaining why the work was submitted late. Late work submitted after the published due date can earn a maximum of 70%.

    Exam Re-Take: HISD School Guidelines explain that “a student may be allowed a reasonable opportunity to make up or redo an examination for which the student received a failing grade.”

    At Westside, a retake is an assessment that matches the rigor and objectives of an original exam. Retakes often increase a student’s grade, but they may not. The primary purpose is a second opportunity to demonstrate mastery of course material.

    Medical Terminology retake replacement grades are capped at 75 and sophomores are permitted two re-takes per semester.

     Student Retake Eligibility Only major grades are eligible for a retake.

    • At the teacher’s discretion, student is required to complete a remediation task prior to retesting. Potential tasks may include:
      • Attend tutorials
      • Complete alternative assignment
      • Complete prerequisite homework
      • Complete test corrections
    • Retake must be completed within one week of original test grade being posted in PowerSchool.
    • Retakes are for grades 75 and below only.
    • Students with absences still have the opportunity to have a retake once they make-up exam.
    • Retakes are not allowed for final exams.
    • Alternative major grades (projects, labs, essays, other long term assignments, etc.) are subject to teacher discretion for retake approval. Teachers will share retake eligibility on these grades. 

    Homework: This class will be study-intensive to learn the course content, including medical and drug terminology. Students will receive ample time to complete daily work and group projects ahead of published due dates. “Homework” will include exam preparation and study time, which is the individual responsibility of each student.

    Communication Policy: All students, parents, guardians, and classroom visitors are invited to email, text (via Remind app) or call Dr. Haro regarding any questions or comments about course content, grades, discipline, projects, exams, and assignments. Emails will be answered within the next business day and phone calls will be answered within the next two business days (for example, a Monday email will be answered no later than Tuesday, but a Monday phone call will be answered no later than Wednesday). If there is an emergency, please state at the beginning of the email, text, or voicemail that it is “URGENT” and every effort will be made to respond as soon as possible pending other teaching commitments.

    Teacher Bio: Dr. Haro earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Chicago College of Pharmacy at Midwestern University where she was class president, president of the Rho Chi National Pharmacy Honor Society, and Summa Cum Laude graduate. Her career in pharmacy has included work for cancer patients and experience in the emergency room. Dr. Haro has worked in community pharmacy settings for both retail chain and independent pharmacies. Dr. Haro’s passion for teaching others spans more than three decades but is most evident in various teaching positions including five years as a public school teacher and three years at Texas A&M University. Additionally, Dr. Haro completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees in music performance and is a former professional classical musician. Her hobbies include performing music, competitive athletics, coaching her son’s soccer team, and spending quality time with her kids and family. Her proudest accomplishment to date is surviving Stage 3 Colon Cancer and living every day to the fullest.


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