School of Health Professions Dean Patricia Chute, Ed.D., tells the Center for Digital Education that NYIT's simulation labs help students attain crucial experience in scenarios they'll encounter in hospitals and other clinical settings. In article about the Affordable Care Act's effect on educational institutions, Chute notes that standardized patients (actors) and high-tech mannequins provide excellent pre-training for students.
"We're teaching some very important aspects of medicine that help the student once they get into the actual clinical experience," she adds. Richard 'Buz' Cooper, director of NYIT's Center for the Future of the Healthcare Workforce, also notes in the article that the shortage of residency slots coupled with the growth of people who will have health care insurance under the Affordable Care Act means trouble for both patients and aspiring doctors. "It was utterly responsible," says Cooper, referring the ACA's exclusion of extra funding for new residency positions. "It's like planning a war and not training any soldiers."