School of Health Sciences

Mick Kaminsky, D.Sc.

Mick Kaminsky

Office: Science and Technology Center

Tel: 617-243-2407

Email: MKaminsky@lasell.edu

Degrees:

  • Doctor of Science in Interprofessional Healthcare Studies, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, Illinois
  • Master of Science Degree in Exercise Science, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan

Biography:

See  Curriculum Vitae

Courses:

  • AT213
  • AT303
  • AT406X
  • EXSC410
  • EXSC420

Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I have mostly lived in the Midwest and invariably find myself tied to the college communities around me. Throughout my secondary education in Illinois I would spend time on state university campuses, training and competing in Olympic judo. At one of these college communities in Marquette, Michigan, I earned my B.S. in Athletic Training and a M.S. in Exercise science, while competing nationally. Campus provided nearly everything as an athlete and student I would need to succeed. When I accepted a position with hospitals in Ohio, as an athletic trainer and exercise specialist, in cardiac rehabilitation I again took advantage of the campuses available to me. I would join their fitness centers as a community member, be a preceptor for exercise science and athletic training students or provide professional services to college clubs and teams. This trend would continue with my subsequent employment at University Hospitals Orthopedics and Sports Medicine with Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Now, at Lasell College I find myself again connecting to a lively campus community and I am quickly feeling at home.

What is important for your students to take away from your classes?
I believe it is important for students to realize what their future role and responsibility on a healthcare team will be. Knowledge alone is insufficient to provide effective client or patient care. Students today no longer practice within their professional silo and must learn to collaborate on healthcare teams with other providers, plus be able to navigate the scholarly literature for current evidence-based practices. Interprofessional education can provide the competencies for students to work jointly on healthcare teams maximizing the connected learning experience during their clinical educational experience.

How does your professional background influence your time in the classroom with students?
My professional experience as hospital staff and role as a preceptor stimulated a clinical research interest in cultivating the conditions needed in the classroom, and on healthcare teams, that make students feel safe in their learning environment to voice their opinion. Student psychological safety allows learners to engage others, absorb the diversity in a class, become self-directed learners, and improve performance outcomes. Success as a teacher enables students to express their intuitions and to believe in their own creative abilities.