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Clinical Experience

To work in a medical setting . . . you should train in a medical setting.

In our highly-integrated program, students experience academic learning as well as clinical training rooted in the medical, natural, and behavioral sciences. Our clinical learning experience--an interactive process involving the patient, the student, and the clinical instructor--helps students develop professional skills and a working knowledge of the current health care environment.

Key elements of our Clinical Training include:

  • an academic health center environment;
  • state-of-the-art clinical and technological resources;
  • Gross anatomy classes taught by medical school faculty;
  • “Hands-on” experience with a diverse client population; 
  • Minimum of 375 hours of direct clinical contact at on-site and off-site facilities;
  • More than 120 off-campus clinical sites, including acute-care hospitals, out-patient clinics, rehabilitation hospitals, and other types of long-term-care institutions and pediatric facilities.

From the first semester of the first year in our master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology, students experience what we mean when we say that our program is "medically-oriented." 

  • In our in-house, onsite speech clinic, you will observe and interact with patients who are medically compromised. 
  • We partner with the Westchester Institute for Human Development, the Behavioral Health Inpatient Center of Westchester Medical Center and its main hospital to provide screenings and therapy for patients from a wide variety of backgrounds, with an enormous diversity of health and wellness issues.
  • Additional partnerships with New York Methodist Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital, and relationships with other hospitals in the tri-state area, enable us to guarantee that at least one of each student's externships will be in a medical setting.

Our faculty is committed to preparing students to engage fully in the following clinical experiences. 

  • Clinical Boot Camp, which takes place in the first weeks at NYMC, uses SimuCase technology to familiarize students with the procedures of physical exams and history. 
  • Role playing with faculty and colleagues helps students learn what to ask – and how to understand the answers received.
  • Videotape facilities available in our Clinical Skills lab allow students to see themselves in action – and get feedback from colleagues and faculty to improve clinical performance.
  • Once a month Clinical Check In with Kathleen Kaiser, the department’s Clinical Coordinator, provides an opportunity to meet with fellow students to discuss difficult cases, explore clinical strategies and celebrate successes.