Get to Know Dr. Henry Oh
Stevens-Henager College is excited to welcome Dr. Henry Oh to the Salt Lake City campus as the Dean of Healthcare and the Clinical Director of Respiratory Therapy. With doctorates in both science and education and a number of academic and achievement awards under his belt, Dr. Oh will make a valuable addition to the Stevens-Henager team. Learn more about Dr. Oh and his experiences in the medical and educational fields with this Q&A.
How did you get started in the respiratory therapy field?
Dr. Oh: While working as a medical lab technologist, a friend of mine shared with me about his new job as a respiratory therapist. He got a scholarship to train in respiratory therapy after completing the medical technology program. I applied at Medical Services of America and qualified for the scholarship in respiratory therapy. That’s how I started in respiratory therapy.
What has been your favorite part about teaching respiratory therapy?
When I teach or give a review to prepare for the national board certification.
Why do you think respiratory therapy is a good field for students to choose?
Dr. Oh: Respiratory therapy provides you the opportunity to do direct patient care. You have a lot of interaction with the patients and other healthcare professionals. There is a sense of personal satisfaction when your patients make improvements. At the end of the day, you will say “I did a great job to make my patients comfortable with their breathing and well-being.” There are also challenges when a patient’s condition deteriorates beyond your control. Doing patient care – whether you’re a physician, a respiratory therapist, or a nurse – requires teamwork.
What are you most looking forward to at your new position?
Dr. Oh: I have two positions: one as the Dean of Healthcare, and the other as the Clinical Director of Respiratory Therapy. One of the goals in the healthcare program is to grow and develop the programs. In respiratory therapy, we are hoping to meet the needs of the community by having more respiratory therapy graduates. Many in the field are going into retirement, and we need a new generation to continue to provide quality respiratory care, and new leaders to guide the direction of the profession. I would love to mentor those ones who are interested to advance in their career.
What is the number one thing you think students should know?
Dr. Oh: The number one thing to remember is character. Employers hire the ones who would fit in their structure, or who could get along well with the staff therapists. I also would like the students to remember to contribute to the profession someday as clinical preceptors to ensure the future success of the profession.
Your field is all about breathing. What are some moments in your life that took your breath away?
Dr. Oh: That’s a great question. Whenever my students passed the national certification board. It is a great feeling especially for those students who struggled early in the program, but didn’t give up and later became successful in completing the program.
About Stevens-Henager College
Stevens-Henager College provides career-focused higher education to students in Utah and Idaho. Offering undergraduate degree programs in healthcare, business, graphic arts, and technology, Stevens-Henager College is committed to preparing professionals for meaningful careers and an increased sense of satisfaction. Stevens-Henager College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.
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