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Jul 08 2011

NYIT Health Professionals Run Upstate Summer Medical Academy

Pine Bush, NY  (July 8, 2011) – NYIT’s health and osteopathic medical faculty members are offering upstate New York high school students a hands-on introduction to health careers in a 12-day academic camp.

Students at Pine Bush High School will examine a human brain, practice putting splints on each other, and learn what it takes to be a “21st century nurse,” said Patricia Chute, Dean of NYIT’s School of Health Professions.
Next week, the camp will also host high-level federal and state education officials, including New York State Education Commissioner John King, Jr. and the U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana. 
The idea for the camp arose from a casual conversation last fall between Chute and Congressman Maurice Hinchey.  The school district, which is about 75 miles north of New York City, hosts summer camps in aviation, law, the performing arts, and science, but did not have a camp for students interested in health and medical fields.  
Chute lined up faculty members from the School of Health Professions and New York College of Osteopathic Medicine at NYIT.  They created sessions on various topics, including nutrition, nursing, mental health counseling, osteopathic medicine, and occupational and physical therapy.  Thirty-one students, mostly juniors, are enrolled in the Pine Bush Medical Science Academy, at a cost of only about $10 each day.
“It is a terrific opportunity to introduce students to the health professions, which are expected to create jobs across the state,” Chute said.  “At the same time, we want to let future college students know that New York Institute of Technology has top-notch programs.” 
Many Pine Bush students are eager to learn outside the confines of a normal class, and the NYIT-run academy quickly filled up, said Joseph Sorrentino, chair of the school’s science department.
“This is giving them more of a firsthand knowledge of what these fields of science are like,” Sorrentino said.  “Many of our students like science but they don’t know what they want to do with it.”
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New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 90 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 15,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.
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