Yeshiva University plans to introduce a new Master of Science program in speech-language pathology in fall 2015. Students enrolled in the new program will have the opportunity to learn from the experienced clinicians and faculty of the Montefiore Health System and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and will have access to resources at both institutions.
The five-semester graduate program is designed to prepare students to become speech-language pathologists who are capable of working in hospitals, rehabilitative centers, university or college clinics, specialized clinical settings, or private practice. The program was developed by Linda Carroll, Ph.D., speech pathologist in the Department of Otolaryngology at Montefiore Medical Center, and she will serve as director. Dr. Carroll is also an experienced voice therapist and was recently named a Fellow of the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association.
“This master’s program is not only responsive to the needs of YU students who are interested in the health sciences, but also critical to the community as it seeks to hire accomplished speech-language therapists,” said Dr. Selma Botman, provost and vice president for academic affairs at YU. “We are fortunate to have Dr. Carroll, a nationally recognized expert in the field, lead this initiative.”
The program is dedicated to providing a first-rate academic experience, outstanding clinical education opportunities, and collaborative management of disorders across the lifespan that affect speech, language, cognition, voice, and swallow function. The graduate program establishes a strong base for normal and abnormal speech/language development, voice and swallow function in the first year of study, expanding to upper level communication/cognitive function in the second year of study. Students will also have the opportunity to specialize through didactics and a final capstone project.
“YU’s tradition of scholarship and professional excellence coupled with the clinical and research experience at Montefiore and Einstein is a perfect match for a dynamic graduate program in speech-language pathology,” said Dr. Carroll. “We are thrilled that our institutions are coming together for the benefit of our students and those affected by communicative disorders.”
Integrating academic training and collaborative teaching by speech-language and medical professionals, the program offers students the unique opportunity to learn and gain clinical experience in the world-class facilities of the Montefiore Medical Arts Pavilion, the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Montefiore’s Wakefield Hospital, as well as numerous other externship sites throughout the New York City region.
“Our role in the new speech-language pathology program is a natural extension of the clinical rehabilitation services we already provide to a broad number of patients,” said Matthew N. Bartels, M.D., M.P.H., chairman of the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Montefiore and Einstein. “Our current department boasts more than 25 speech-language pathologists who will be able to provide teaching and mentoring to the graduate students in a comprehensive rehabilitation program in one of the largest medical centers in the country.”
“This is a natural marriage between the undergraduate speech pathology and audiology program, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore,” said Dr. Joseph Danto, professor and cross-campus chair of the undergraduate speech and hearing sciences program at YU. “It’s rare for graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology to be connected to a medical institution. Our students will be able to employ hands-on, state-of-the-art learning in virtual operating rooms, major voice clinics, and medical school anatomical laboratories.”
The collaborative effort between YU, Einstein, and Montefiore will also strengthen the comprehensive care available to patients. YU students will acquire knowledge and skills that will prepare them to serve a diverse group of patients in a full complement of settings.
“The program is a significant step in developing a premier academic voice and swallowing service, enhancing the natural synergy of three world-class institutions: Yeshiva, Montefiore, and Einstein,” said Marvin Fried, M.D., university chairman of the department of otorhinolaryngology, head and neck surgery at Montefiore and Einstein. “This has long been a vision that I hoped we could achieve, and it will soon be a reality.”
The program is approved by the State of New York Department of Higher Education and is seeking accreditation candidacy with the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of ASHA. To learn more or to apply, visit http://yu.edu/academics/graduate-arts-sciences/speech-language-pathology.Â