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Honor Society at Touro inducts doctors, students

May 02, 2017

Two physicians and 21 members of the Class of 2018 at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown were recently inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society at the school.

Why Pink Wants You to Stay Off the Scale

April 03, 2017

If there's one thing we can count on Pink for, it's to keep it real. This past fall, she gave us major fitmom goals by making the most adorable pregnancy announcement ever. And now that she's had her second child, she's hitting up the gym again on the reg.

The scale can be a great tool for those who are on weight-loss journeys. But just like the BMI measurement, it doesn't tell the whole story when it comes to body composition. "Overall, we should shift away from crude numbers as the sole measure of health but take into account dynamic measures like exercise tolerance, total body fat percentage, and other biomarkers collectively to assess health," Niket Sonpal, M.D., assistant clinical professor at Touro College of Medicine in New York City, told us in "The Healthiest BMI Is Actually Overweight." Essentially, weight and BMI are just some of the factors that can be used to evaluate health, but they're not the only ones that should be taken into consideration.

Health Lecture 2017 in Clifton, NJ: Environmental Awareness

March 22, 2017

Dr. Nilank Shah explained that our everyday actions or inactions could be contributing to the growing problem of global warming. Participants learned that climate change not only has an impact on the environment but also a subsequent impact on our health.

An apple a day, if this doc-to-be has her way

March 09, 2017

Gayatri Malhotra-Gupta of Forest Hills, a fourth-year medical student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, just won a prestigious award for her work educating homeless families in Queens about proper nutrition and health monitoring — and her research on the results.

Malhotra-Gupta said her research grew out of her community service work and interest in studying the need for nutrition education in homeless shelters and whether they have a long-term impact. Fifty women and children living in a shelter in Astoria participated in the project, which she did in conjunction with the Global Physicians Network Foundation.

“I wanted to see whether it would make a difference,” said Malhotra-Gupta. “A lot of the participants were never screened for diabetes though they were overweight and had risk factors. We educated them and showed them how to build a healthy food plate.”

Touro student wins award for research at homeless shelter

March 02, 2017

A fourth-year medical student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine has won first place in a poster competition for her research on the effects of teaching about healthy diet and nutrition at a Queens homeless shelter. The award was presented at the recent 61st Midwinter Conference of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association in Dallas.

Gayatri Malhotra-Gupta said her research grew out of her community service work and interest in studying the need for nutrition education programs in homeless shelters and whether they would have an impact long-term.

“I wanted to see whether it would make a difference,” said Malhotra-Gupta. “A lot of the participants were never screened for diabetes though they were overweight and had risk factors. We educated them and showed them how to build a healthy food plate.”

Working with a nonprofit organization that provides free health care education programs to underserved communities, Global Physicians Network Foundation, Malhotra-Gupta joined GPNF’s first endeavor to promote health education in a shelter.

New therapy dog makes the grade at Touro College

February 27, 2017

It looks like the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine just found its newest therapy dog. Tai, a golden retriever from Wurtsboro, received a unanimous thumbs-up from students during her "interview" at the college Monday morning.

Touro’s Malhotra-Gupta Wins Award Teaching Homeless Residents Healthy Habits

February 27, 2017

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Harlem (TouroCOM) has an office on 125th Street and a fourth-year medical student Gayatri Malhotra-Gupta at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) who has just won first place in a poster competition.

Gayatri won based on her research on the effects of teaching about healthy diet and nutrition at a Queens homeless shelter. The award was presented at the recent 61st Midwinter Conference of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association in Dallas.

Touro College Teach Students about Medicine

February 16, 2017

Students from Anna S. Kuhl and Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary Schools learned about health and medicine from medical students from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Student Survival 101: Are You Suffering from Chronic Stress?

January 26, 2017

Stress always gets a bad rap but in some circumstances it can actually be a good thing. Known as “eustress,” good stress can propel you forward and help you achieve more goals, ultimately leading to more happiness, success or fulfillment. These relatively short bouts of stress (acute stress) provide motivation to get something done or overcome an obstacle, such as meeting a deadline, taking an exam, or giving a presentation. Even though you’re excited about something, you can still feel stressed out about it. Temporary bursts of stress have even been shown to enhance learning and brain function.

On the other hand, “chronic” or “bad” stress hinders progress and potentially leads to other serious health issues. This often presents itself as clinical depression, generalized anxiety, or trauma. Whether the stress originated as good or bad, if untreated, you will begin to suffer over time. Situations that can contribute to chronic stress include relationship issues, consistently high demands at school or at work, and loss of a family member, friend, or loved one.

The Body Issue:

January 17, 2017

Study suggests digital models can help medical schools, which face a shortage of cadavers, teach students human anatomy. 

Cutting into a digital cadaver can be more educational than the real thing for certain medical students, a new study found.

The study, “Use of Computer-Aided Holographic Models Improves Performance in a Cadaver Dissection-Based Course in Gross Anatomy,” compared the ability of 265 first-year med students to identify anatomical structures when looking at cadavers, preserved body parts and digital models. It found that especially students who are struggling in med school appear to benefit from being taught anatomy in several different ways.

Health warning: Vegan diet could be BAD for you

January 15, 2017

Vegan recipes have absolutely no animal products in them whatsoever. Many are embracing this diet, hoping it is healthier. However, experts believe there are ways the diet may actually be bed for you.

Niket Sonpal, M.D., assistant clinical professor at Touro College of Medicine in New York said: “Altitude sickness can affect anyone, it’s an equal opportunity offender. But oxygen-carrying capacity is something that vegans can be affected by.”

Shona says: “Iron is another potential shortfall in vegan diets. The iron in animal foods partly consists of ‘haem’ iron, which is relatively well absorbed – between 15 and 35%. The form of iron in plant foods is ‘non-haem’ iron, which has a different structure: only about 2 to 20% is thought to be absorbed.

Harlem community board awards grants to minority med students

December 29, 2016

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, in conjunction with the TouroCOM-Harlem Community Advisory Board, has awarded the first round of grants from its newly established Fund for Underrepresented Minority Students. The fund was created to provide scholarships to needy, deserving medical students who will work to improve the health and well-being of the citizens of Harlem and other medically underserved areas upon completion of medical school.

The scholarships, which total $8,019, have been awarded to five TouroCOM students and one community resident who aspires to become a physician. The TouroCOM students receiving awards, all of whom are working toward their D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) degrees, are Brian Barrett, Chantal Gomes, Dale-Marie Simpson, Patricia Jean-Charles and Geoffrey Sanyi.

“The efforts of the Community Advisory Board and the donors to the TouroCOM Fund for Underrepresented Minority Students, will provide the school with greater flexibility in its efforts to recruit and retain qualified URM candidates,” said Geoffrey Eaton, a member of the TouroCOM-Harlem CAB.

Schenectady-born scientist takes pride in Ebola vaccine success

December 23, 2016

News released Thursday in a British medical journal about the success of a vaccine to protect people against the deadly Ebola virus had a distinctive impact on one Schenectady native.

"I am very proud of it," said Kathleen Daddario DiCaprio, who worked as a rookie researcher on the team that initially developed the vaccine at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md.

DiCaprio, 36, was not involved in the latest tests that showed the vaccine rVSV-EBOV provided 100 percent protection against the Ebola virus, the brutal pathogen that caused more than 11,000 deaths in an outbreak in West Africa that ended this spring. Ebola can cause hemorrhagic bleeding from multiple organs and orifices.

And she is the first to point out that she did not direct the research she had the good fortune to take part in. But she was certainly in the thick of it, when USAMRIID scientists proved the vaccine worked in monkeys.

Harlem Community Board Awards Grants to Minority Med Students

December 21, 2016

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM), in conjunction with the TouroCOM-Harlem Community Advisory Board (CAB), has awarded the first round of grants from its newly-established Fund for Underrepresented Minority Students. The Fund was created to provide scholarships to needy, deserving medical students who will work to improve the health and well-being of the citizens of Harlem and other medically underserved areas upon completion of medical school.

The scholarships, which total $8,019, have been awarded to five TouroCOM students and one community resident who aspires to become a physician. The TouroCOM students receiving awards, all of whom are working towards their DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) degrees, are Brian Barrett, Chantal Gomes, Dale-Marie Simpson, Patricia Jean-Charles, and Geoffrey Sanyi.

After the tears, apologize and forgive: Surviving the postelection holidays

November 25, 2016

If only the anxiety of Thanksgiving ended as soon the leftovers have been crammed into the fridge. But often, it’s when you’ve had time to let what was said and done at dinner and beyond churn around in your brain a while that the true toll kicks in.

Psychologist and author Jeff Gardere, an assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, spoke with Salon recently about a post-Thanksgiving emotional detox plan for all the “next-day angst” that so many of us experience. Without our taking positive action, the holiday can kick up our historic family baggage, as well as introduce an entirely new set of incidents that we can wind up having regrets and resentments about.

Have a buddy system: Surviving the post-election holidays

November 24, 2016

That Normal Rockwell image of a happily bland family smiling around a platter of poultry may never have looked like your holiday. But this year the scene may be even further from picture perfect than ever. It’s likely not going to be easy, when you’re passing around yams and a relative makes an explosive comment, to hang on to your mental well-being. Psychologist and author Jeff Gardere, an assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, talked with Salon about how to handle those heated holiday moments and to reassure us that “it doesn’t have to be a free-for-all.”

Haitian Roundtable Inducts New Class of 1804 List

November 15, 2016

In a time of change and uncertainty, one thing was certainly clear on Saturday, Nov. 12; Haitians are everywhere and they are dong just about everything.

The Haitian Roundtable hosted their fourth annual 1804 List Ceremony and Reception where they recognized 25 Changemakers in a wide array of fields and professions, where they have contributed outstanding achievements, or have served as pioneers in their communities. The 1804 List Ceremony also honored five “Ones to Watch” to showcase the rising stars on the cutting edge in the Haitian-American community, who bring innovation and promise to the table.

Mona Scott-Young, CEO of Monami Entertainment (Love and Hip-Hop franchise, Money Power Respect) and Dr. Jeff “America’s Psychologist” Gardere, a mental health expert, who doubles as a professor at Touro College in Harlem and TV personality, served as emcees for the ceremony.

What's the Best Time to Eat Dinner?

November 08, 2016

We've all heard that eating late at night can be a fast track to weight gain. But with busy schedules (hey, none of us are immune to hitting the gym post-work or pulling extra hours at the office), sometimes sitting down to the dinner table super late is unavoidable. To make you feel even worse, one new study says that even eating dinner as early as 5 p.m. isn't good enough. Instead, you should be sitting down by 2 p.m. Yes, seriously.

But let's be real: Dinner (if you can even call it that) at 2 p.m. is unrealistic for most people—and completely unhealthy if you're hitting the gym in the evenings. Your body needs fuel in the form of protein and carbs so it has the energy to get through those HIIT classes and strength training sets. (Find out exactly what to eat before and after a workout.) That said, the study does suggest some interesting tweaks to your eating schedule, says Niket Sonpal, M.D., an assistant clinical professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine who was not directly involved with the research.

Osteopathic recognition matters: Medical students value the ‘DO difference’

October 28, 2016

Katherine Kirby, OMS III, has a plea for all osteopathic residency program directors. “In honor of my decision to pursue osteopathic medicine, please make the commitment to pursue osteopathic recognition,” urges Kirby, who attends Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus.

Charles Lopresto, OMS III, has been training at Southampton (NY) Hospital while he completes coursework at TouroCOM-Harlem. “I went to an osteopathic medical school and I want to continue to practice that way,” he says.

Nation’s COMs Champion Diversity

October 20, 2016

Two osteopathic medical schools, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine–New York (TouroCOM-NY), have been recognized for their diversity efforts with the 2016 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

To be considered for the Health Professions HEED Award, Lenore Pearlstein, Publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity says, “We look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across a campus.”

While both COMs were selected for their dedication to diversity and inclusion on their campuses, each was chosen for unique reasons.

TouroCOM-NY Recognizes the Underrepresented

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