NYCC’s Master of Science in Clinical Anatomy Approved

New York Chiropractic College’s (NYCC) Master of Science Program in Clinical Anatomy (MSCA) was approved by New York State’s Education Department – the first of its kind to be introduced at a chiropractic college in conjunction with a medical school. The MSCA program, operating in conjunction with the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University in Syracuse and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City, is intended to appeal to doctors of chiropractic who seek to enhance their education in anatomy and to enter careers in teaching the subject in secondary educational settings. The program will begin classes in the fall of 2007 and graduate students two years thereafter. Instruction will take place at NYCC’s Seneca Falls campus – following a weekly schedule that enables students to attend the College’s well-equipped anatomy facility. Teaching practicums will be held at the Seneca Falls campus, at Syracuse’s SUNY Upstate Medical University, and at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine located downstate. Defense of a master’s thesis is a requirement. Robert Walker, PhD, Dean of NYCC’s Master of Science in Clinical Anatomy program will oversee the new curriculum and teach several courses. Walker’s efforts were instrumental in the program’s development. He will be joined by Dr. Barry Berg of SUNY’s Upstate Health Science Center and by Dr. Todd Olson, Director of Anatomy at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine – an active member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists and the International Association of Medical Science Educators. NYCC faculty members who will also provide instruction include Drs. Raj Philomin, Seva Philomin, Michael Zumpano, Maria Thomadaki, Sandra Hartwell-Ford, Michael Mestan, John Taylor, Jeanmarie Burke and Judy Silvestrone. Dr. Walker explained that the program was badly needed in order to maintain a pool of professionals adequately trained to teach gross anatomy at advanced educational levels. Walker sees the program as a “win-win” situation for NYCC as well as for the SUNY Upstate Health Science Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine: “It will give our [NYCC] students excellent teaching experience while providing the other institutions with well-trained laboratory professionals.”Dr. J. Clay McDonald, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, is extremely pleased about NYCC’s new program, remarking, “I am very proud of Dr. Walker’s many accomplishments and am excited by the possibilities this program offers our students.”

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