Hear and Now

As the new dean of NYIT’s School of Health Professions, Patricia Chute, Ed.D., says one of her primary goals is to continue making its academic programs among the most distinctive and innovative in the world.

Meet Patricia Chute, Ed.D., NYIT’s new School of Health Professions dean

By Briana Samuels

For more than 20 years, Patricia Chute, Ed.D., has served as a key player in medical education. With expertise in audiology and a resume that includes providing medical assistance to hearingimpaired children and adults around the world, her academic career comprises faculty appointments at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, University of Florida, Iona College, and Lehman College. Most recently, Chute served as dean of the School of Health and Natural Sciences at Mercy College in New York, where she was a faculty member since 2000. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native earned her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders and her master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from CUNY Hunter College, as well as an Ed.D. in audiology from Teachers College at Columbia University. Chute shares her plans, her past, and her passion for health care with NYIT Magazine.

What attracted you to NYIT?

Its global presence, a commitment to providing access to opportunity, and a strong focus on professional, 21st-century education for all qualified students. I’ve spent a good deal of time around the world as a health provider, which makes me respect the global collaboration NYIT is developing throughout its campuses. I agree wholeheartedly in the professional benefits of awarding degrees that offer students a liberal arts background complemented by a focus on technology.

What is your plan to position NYIT’s School of Health Professions for the 21st century?

I call my vision “Project HEAL” or “Health Education Across the Lifespan,” a concept that focuses on health education for students as well as consumers. The first part deals with providing NYIT students with a well-rounded education that emphasizes healthcare issues that impact patients throughout their entire lives, a crucial skill set for the next generation of health professionals. The second part involves community outreach to increase health literacy among the general population and improve relationships between practitioners and patients.

A Healthy Outlook
Dean Chute’s plans for the School of Health Professions include:

  • Learn about NYIT’s student-base: What are their challenges? What are the learning goals that they should be prepared for? What kind of services do we need to ensure they meet these learning goals?
  • Explore faculty development through obtaining grants and participating in events.
  • Develop and implement a global strategic plan in which students and alumni have opportunities to visit underserved countries and provide medical assistance to communities.
  • Develop relationships with alumni and organize clinical experiences between students and alumni.
  • Establish an NYIT chapter of the Alpha Eta Honor Society for students and alumni in the School of Health Professions.
  • Partner with local organizations to offer information sessions and medical services for a variety of community groups.
  • Implement new technologies in our classrooms, explore virtual classrooms, and teach students through virtual case studies.

Now that you’re at NYIT, what are some of your immediate goals?

One of my primary goals is to continue to make the academic programs at NYIT and its School of Health Professions among the most distinctive and innovative in the world. I am focused on cultivating a collaborative environment with faculty to ensure they have the most current approaches to teaching and curriculum development. For students, I plan to incorporate programs that help them maximize their potential as future health professionals. Additionally, I will be forging relationships with alumni and other partners for assistance in supporting our students academically, clinically, and financially.

How will the medical profession evolve in the 21st century?

Many challenges await us. The United States has barely scratched the surface in terms of national health. And we must challenge our students to continue learning after earning their NYIT degrees to ensure they are familiar with the latest information and technology to meet their patients’ needs.

What is your advice to medical students and young health care professionals about to embark on their careers?

Do what you love, love what you do, and you will be successful. In order to thrive in this field, you’ll need a passion for wanting to be a provider of health services. It is not enough to treat just the physical ailment—you need to treat the whole person to fully understand what is going on within your patient.

In addition, always seek out new technologies, new methodologies, and new research. As clinicians, we owe it to ourselves, to our patients, and to the future of medicine.

You specialize in cochlear implants. How did you become interested in audiology?

I was familiar with the challenges of the deaf community when my mother had a hearing loss. In addition, one of my childhood friends was deaf. Specializing in cochlear implants gave me personal fulfillment and incredible opportunities to work around the world helping children and adults in major metropolitan areas as well as underserved countries.

What word best describes you?

Supportive … of ideas, of people, and of different environments. I am very flexible when listening to what people need and always willing to entertain new thoughts and approaches.

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