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How to Eat Vegan During Pregnancy

July 23, 2018

Whole grains, nuts and fortified cereals can help expectant moms get the nutrients they need.

8 Myths About Managing Labor Pain

July 16, 2018

Our very own Dr. Zeszutek was quoted in this article on myths about managing labor pains.

First Touro graduates have Goshen and Warwick connections

July 11, 2018

— The 117 medical students who recently received the first doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) degrees awarded by Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown also had affiliations with Horizon Family Medical Group in Goshen.

Touro looks at new curriculum at Middletown campus

July 09, 2018

MIDDLETOWN – The Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine campus in Middletown, which graduated its first class a little over a month ago, is seeking approvals to offer a second curriculum.

Touro medical school in Middletown graduates first class

May 31, 2018

Four years ago, 117 future medical students took a chance with one of their most important decisions in life.

En Harlem preparan a doctores del mañana, muchos son niños latinos

May 29, 2018

Un accidente automovilístico, cuando aún era muy pequeña, le cambió la vida a Shaila Cuellar. Desde ese acontecimiento, ocurrido en 2011, la niña de origen mexicano comenzó a ver las cosas de manera distinta, pero no por las heridas que sufrió, sino por la traumática experiencia de ver cómo doctores y enfermeras trataban de salvarle la vida a ella, a su mamá y su hermano menor en la sala de emergencias.

“El ver a mi mamá tendida en esa cama realmente despertó algo en mí y fue allí cuando decidí que quería dedicar mi vida a ayudar a la gente que es llevada de emergencia al hospital por haber sufrido algún trauma”, dijo la joven de 15 años nacida en Nueva York de padres mexicanos (del estado de Puebla).

“Siempre quise ser una pediatra, porque el ver lo que hizo la doctora por mi hermano y por mí en la sala de emergencias de ese hospital, me hizo entender lo importante que es esa profesión y decidí, desde que estaba pequeña, que eso era lo que quería estudiar”, agregó la menor quien residente en sector del East Harlem en Manhattan, conocido popularmente como “El Barrio”.

Aunque aún le quedan dos años para graduarse de escuela secundaria y seguir una carrera en el campo de la salud, Cuellar tuvo la oportunidad, el año pasado, de participar en un programa universitario que le permitió experimentar en carne propia lo que es ser una estudiante en una escuela de medicina reconocida, algo con lo que siempre ha soñado.

Gracias al programa ‘MedAchive’ del Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, ubicado en Harlem (TouroCOM-Harlmen), jóvenes de secundaria como Cuellar, que están interesados en seguir una carrera universitaria en el campo de la medicina y la ciencia, pueden aprender sobre lo básico de esta profesión, durante un curso extracurricular que toman después de la escuela.

En Harlem preparan a doctores del mañana, muchos son niños latinos

May 29, 2018

Un programa universitario entrena y motiva a estudiantes de secundaria para que sigan carreras en el campo de la medicina y las ciencias.

Un accidente automovilístico, cuando aún era muy pequeña, le cambió la vida a Shaila Cuellar. Desde ese acontecimiento, ocurrido en 2011, la niña de origen mexicano comenzó a ver las cosas de manera distinta, pero no por las heridas que sufrió, sino por la traumática experiencia de ver cómo doctores y enfermeras trataban de salvarle la vida a ella, a su mamá y su hermano menor en la sala de emergencias.

“El ver a mi mamá tendida en esa cama realmente despertó algo en mí y fue allí cuando decidí que quería dedicar mi vida a ayudar a la gente que es llevada de emergencia al hospital por haber sufrido algún trauma”, dijo la joven de 15 años nacida en Nueva York de padres mexicanos (del estado de Puebla).

“Siempre quise ser una pediatra, porque el ver lo que hizo la doctora por mi hermano y por mí en la sala de emergencias de ese hospital, me hizo entender lo importante que es esa profesión y decidí, desde que estaba pequeña, que eso era lo que quería estudiar”, agregó la menor quien residente en sector del East Harlem en Manhattan, conocido popularmente como “El Barrio”.

Aunque aún le quedan dos años para graduarse de escuela secundaria y seguir una carrera en el campo de la salud, Cuellar tuvo la oportunidad, el año pasado, de participar en un programa universitario que le permitió experimentar en carne propia lo que es ser una estudiante en una escuela de medicina reconocida, algo con lo que siempre ha soñado.

Gracias al programa ‘MedAchive’ del Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, ubicado en Harlem (TouroCOM-Harlem), jóvenes de secundaria como Cuellar, que están interesados en seguir una carrera universitaria en el campo de la medicina y la ciencia, pueden aprender sobre lo básico de esta profesión, durante un curso extracurricular que toman después de la escuela.

UAlbany and Touro partner for early admission medical school program

May 22, 2018

SUNY Albany and Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown are creating a new opportunity for future medical school students.

Unsung heroes honored at 5th Annual Queens Impact Awards

May 21, 2018

TimesLedger Newspapers, once again recognized the people in Queens who make a difference behind the scenes.

These are the borough’s unsung heroes who volunteer and work outside the public eye, rescuing vulnerable residents and inspiring youngsters to reach for the gold ring against sometimes formidable odds.

All of our honorees share a remarkable motivation to help others.

At just 28 years old, Payal Aggarwal has dedicated most of her life to volunteer work and medicine.

Aggarwal, who grew up in Kew Gardens, earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015 and shortly after, began her residency at Brooklyn Hospital in pediatrics, where she plans to become a pediatric oncologist.

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine holds commencement ceremonies

May 17, 2018

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine held commencement ceremonies May 8, 2018, at the Alhambra Ballroom for the Class of 2018 candidates for its Master of Science program in Interdisciplinary Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences. The unique program helps fulfill a key part of the school’s mission to train underrepresented minorities with an emphasis on working in underserved communities.

Keynote speaker Geoffrey Eaton, president, NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch, and a founding member of TouroCOM-Harlem’s Community Advisory Board, told the students they were “the next level of people who might save my life.” Eaton said, “For the last 10 years we have worked together with amazing faculty and outstanding deans to create more programs to get more people of color to get into schools so they can…become doctors and come back to our communities. I encourage you to come back to the Harlems of this nation to help your communities become healthier. We have a health crisis in this nation that continues to be a challenge for all of us.”

How to Tell If Your Bad Body Odor Is Cause for Concern

May 08, 2018

Even copious amounts of deodorant and a devotion to perfume don't guarantee that you won't stink sometimes. Body odor is a normal occurrence, and when it's not connected to a larger problem, you can attribute it to the mixture of sweat, bacteria, and environmental dirt that accumulates on your skin, Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, tells Allure. "Body odor becomes stronger over time, as more bacteria and sweat build up on the skin, and they interact with each other," he explains. "This is not harmful, as healthy bacteria live symbiotically on our bodies."

TouroCOM Harlem Holds Commencement At The Historic Alhambra In Harlem

May 08, 2018

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine(TouroCOM) yesterday held commencement ceremonies at the Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem for the Class of 2018 candidates for its Master of Science program in Interdisciplinary Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences.

“For the last ten years we have worked together with amazing faculty and outstanding deans to create more programs to get more people of color to get into schools so they can… become doctors and come back to our communities. I encourage you to come back to the Harlems of this nation– to help your communities become healthier. We have a health crisis in this nation that continues to be a challenge for all of us.”

The unique program helps fulfill a key part of the school’s mission to train underrepresented minorities (URMs) with an emphasis on working in underserved communities. Keynote speaker Geoffrey Eaton, president, NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch and a founding member of TouroCOM-Harlem’s Community Advisory Board, told the students they were “the next level of people who might save my life.” Said Mr. Eaton: “For the last ten years we have worked together with amazing faculty and outstanding deans to create more programs to get more people of color to get into schools so they can… become doctors and come back to our communities. I encourage you to come back to the Harlem’s of this nation– to help your communities become healthier. We have a health crisis in this nation that continues to be a challenge for all of us.”

TouroCOM Hosts Trauma Day

April 05, 2018

About 50 high school students enrolled in Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM)’s highly successful after-school program, Med-Achieve, with their TouroCOM student mentors following their final session for the semester, "Trauma Day".  At "Trauma Day" the TouroCOM student mentors, adorned with fake blood and lying impaled with foreign objects to mimic real injuries, helped show the aspiring physicians how to become first responders and help "patients" with life-threatening injuries survive a simulated train wreck. Among the injuries were lacerations, broken bones, severe burns, dislocations, and fractures. The students were taught how to check breathing, pulse, circulation, and cervical spines for damage.

High school students learn how to become first responders

March 29, 2018

Against the backdrop of sirens blaring from a YouTube video showing emergency vehicles stuck in a New York City traffic jam, approximately 50 high school students in an after school program at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine last week learned how to help patients with life-threatening injuries survive a simulated train wreck.

At Trauma Day, their medical student mentors, adorned with fake blood and lying down impaled with foreign objects to mimic real-life injuries—such as lacerations, broken bones, burns, dislocations and fractures—role-played victims as they guided their mentees through preliminary evaluations done in emergency medicine to locate and manage injuries and determine who gets care first.

“The purpose was to give the students practice on how to handle, as first responders, any traumatic emergency,” explained David Colbourne, M.D., assistant clinical professor at TouroCOM and director of medical simulation, who planned and oversaw the instruction. “Once given the information, they then were able to test what they had learned in a hands-on setting. They all performed very well.”

The Med-Achieve Scholars Program

The students are part of a highly successful enrichment program called the Med-Achieve Scholars Program, begun in 2012, for underrepresented minority high school students who are interested in careers in medicine or health-related fields. Currently more than 50 students are enrolled, mainly from Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics and A. Philip Randolph High School in Harlem. Other schools represented are Bard High School Early College in the East Village, Stuyvesant High School in Tribeca and Bronx High School of Science.

"Trauma Day” At Touro College Of Osteopathic Medicine From Harlem To Hollis

March 26, 2018

Against the backdrop of sirens blaring from a YouTube video showing emergency vehicles stuck in a New York City traffic jam, about 50 high school students in an after school program at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.

At “Trauma Day” their medical student mentors, adorned with fake blood and lying down impaled with foreign objects to mimic real life injuries – such as lacerations, broken bones, burns, dislocations and fractures — role-played “patients” as they guided their mentees through preliminary evaluations done in emergency medicine to locate and manage injuries and determine who gets care first.

“The purpose was to give the students practice on how to handle, as first responders, any traumatic emergency,” explained David Colbourne, M.D., assistant clinical professor at TouroCOM and director of medical simulation, who planned and oversaw the instruction. “Once given the information they then were able to test what they had learned in a hands-on setting. They all performed very well.”

Is there a doctor in the house? Increased diversity measures are promoting more opportunities for minorities

March 07, 2018

As the #OscarsSoWhite social media outcry made Hollywood listen to the call for racial inclusion (cue inclusion rider speech, please) the world of medicine has been rallying its own cry for diversity.

In fact, some osteopathic medical schools have made diversity their mission.

According to a report by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the number of black males in medical school in 2014 was 515, which is 27 less than the number of black male students enrolled in medical school  in 1978. The reasons for the decline are myriad and complex, which prompted some colleges of osteopathic medicine to take action.

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM-Harlem) in New York City offers Med-Achieve, a two-year mini-medical school for freshman and sophomore minority high school students, taught by current TouroCOM medical students.

At the next level, between college and medical school, TouroCOM-Harlem offers a one-year pipeline MS to DO program. “The Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences degree provides high-achieving students that fall slightly short of the required MCAT score with an additional year of preparation, and the opportunity to apply to our DO program,” says Nadege Dady, EdD, dean of student affairs at TouroCOM-Harlem. “It’s a cornerstone of our school and how we’re meeting our mission.”

Florida School Shooting: What do we tell our kids?

February 16, 2018

The gunman who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, wiped out lives and left friends and family struggling to cope after the United States’ latest mass shooting.

Dr. Jeffrey Gardere, a widely sought-after experts in the field of mental health, joined PIX11 News Friday night to teach parents and families how to talk to children about difficult news.

In addition to having a private practice in Manhattan, Gardere is an Assistant Professor and Course Director of Behavioral Medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. Also known as “America’s Psychologist”, is also a prolific author of four books and a contributing author of a half-dozen books including the brand-new text, “The Causes of Autism.”

How parents can explain this trauma to kids:

• Ask them what they know and what questions or discussion they may want to have.
• Ask them how they feel about the shooting and if they have any idea what the kids at the school may be going through.
• Ask them to express any thoughts they may have about the kids who were injured or killed.
• Ask them about their own school and if they know any kids like the shooter and their thoughts on that. As well, how they may want to help that person with a mental health issue. Or if they have any dears about their own school.
• If you don’t have an answer for a question and concern, let them know you don’t know…it’s oaky…you can both figure it out in time.

3 reasons why you might feel ill when you take supplements

January 19, 2018

It’s an unfortunately familiar sensation. You swig down your daily vitamin supplements with a glass of water (or, let’s be honest, a gulp of your morning coffee), and by the time you get to the office, you’re fighting waves of nausea.

It can be disheartening to make an effort to take care of your health, only to have it backfire. You may even be tempted to give up on supplements altogether, but let’s be real – in the modern grab-and-go world, vitamins are vital for topping up any deficiencies we might be experiencing.

It’s important to note supplements are still no substitute for a balanced diet, and your iron tablet can’t hold a candle to a plate of steamed greens, but they’re a great way to give ourselves a little boost, so here’s three things you can avoid doing to ditch that post-nutrient nausea.

1. You’re not taking the right kind of supplements for your body
Everyone has different supplementary needs, and it could be that your supposedly universal multivitamin isn’t actually doing you a whole lot of good.

Being on numerous supplements means you’re at risk of actually overdosing on a certain vitamin or mineral. For example, if your diet is already very high in iron,an additional supplement might actually push you over the necessary threshold. Excess iron can lead to nausea, stomach cramps and diarrhoea.

If you’re experiencing any unpleasant side-effects from your supplement routine, consult with your GP. They’ll be able to assess your diet and lifestyle and suggest what to take accordingly, and may even do a quick blood test to check for any serious deficiencies.

2. You’re taking too many fat-soluble vitamins
The most common fat-soluble vitamins we encounter are A, D, E and K. While excesses of non-fat-soluble vitamins leave the body via our urine, fat-soluble vitamins leave deposits in the body. Over time these can build up and cause significant discomfort, or even damage.

Nausea from A, D, E and K overdoses may not pass for several hours, even if you have something to eat. As well as a stomach upset, you can experience a headache, itching and even bone pain.

Niket Sonpal, M.D., assistant clinical professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York, advises that we be careful when taking fat-solubles. “If you notice you’re having chronic nausea see your doctor and back off those vitamins immediately because that can be dangerous,” he says.

3. You’re taking your vitamins on an empty stomach
Regardless of the format – gummy, coated, capsule – or type, a supplement will cause irritation to the stomach if it’s the only thing in there. The nausea can linger for two or three hours, until the vitamins pass through into the intestines.

AAMS Scholarships Awarded During Annual Mentorship Night

January 11, 2018

The Armenian American Medical Society (AAMS) held its Annual Mentorship Program on December 27, 2017. The Mentorship program is an AAMS project that unites healthcare partners with burgeoning medical professionals who are looking towards a future in the field of healthcare. 

Each year, the Armenian American Medical Society also awards scholarships to qualified Armenian students enrolled in various healthcare education programs in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing and allied health. 

Lina Acopians a third year medical student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown was one of the scholarship recipients.

 

Touro at Ten

December 13, 2017

It has been a decade of doing.

Harlem community leaders and Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) founders and their supporters celebrated at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture this past Wed., Dec. 6th to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the school’s Harlem opening and their joint efforts in educating underrepresented minorities (URMs).

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