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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

NYCOMEC Newsletter Issue 127

October 14, 2016

Recruitment at OMED
On September 17th, in conjunction with the 2016 OMED Conference, NYCOMEC attended the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) Partners Luncheon for osteopathic student leaders. NYCOMEC representatives spoke to 200 student leaders, representing most of the osteopathic medical colleges across the country. Dr. Broder addressed the group and spoke about NYCOMEC and its postdoctoral training opportunities.
On September 18th, NYCOMEC hosted a luncheon for SOMA and SGA officers from NYITCOM Old Westbury, TouroCOM Harlem and TouroCOM Middletown campuses. During the luncheon, students were apprised of residency opportunities at NYCOMEC’s member institutions.

Martin Levine, D.O., MPH, FACOFP Appointed Interim Clinical Dean at TouroCOM – Harlem Campus
Dr. Martin S. Levine has been named Interim Clinical Dean at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem on September 29, 2016. To read more please click here.

Health And Higher Ed Diversity Award Goes To Touro

October 06, 2016

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Harlem (TouroCOM) received the 2016 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

As a recipient of the Health Professions HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — TouroCOM will be featured in the December 2016 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“The Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine is committed to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine and training physicians to practice medicine in underserved communities,” said Kenneth J Steier, DO, executive dean at TouroCOM. “This is our mission. We are very grateful to receive this award in recognition of our efforts to increase diversity and inclusion.”

Martin Diamond, DO, founding dean of TouroCOM, said, “Harlem is also grateful for this recognition. It was always our hope that in time we would make a difference in diversity in our community.

Become a Doctor, No Lectures Required

September 26, 2016

Four years after two senior academics at Stanford University challenged medical schools to stop lecturing and start flipping their classrooms, major reforms at underway at a handful of colleges to change the way they teach medicine.

The University of Vermont last week became the most recent institution to join the trend, announcing a pedagogical reform in its College of Medicine that observers say is the most sweeping yet. The college will over the next several years remove all lecture courses, replacing them with videos students watch on their own time. And instead of sitting through lectures, students will meet in “active learning” classrooms, led by faculty members, working with their classmates in small groups.

The approach builds on experiments at Stanford, which has worked with Khan Academy to test a flipped classroom model in certain medicine courses. Other institutions have taken that model a step further. The Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York, for example, has since the 2012-13 academic offered an entirely flipped curriculum.

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Celebrates Sixth Commencement

September 22, 2016

At a festive gathering at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater last week, the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine graduated its sixth class, conferring diplomas upon 123 candidates for the doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) degree. The hall was packed with the graduates' families and friends for the jubilant ceremony, at which the new doctors were reminded by their keynote speaker that medicine is changing rapidly and they must "adapt...adapt...adapt..."

"If you are adaptable, if you are flexible, if you remain open to learning new skills, new methods, new approaches to the practice of medicine, then you will succeed," Ramanathan Raju, M.D., president and CEO of NYC Health+ Hospitals told the graduates. "Because medicine is in a constant state of creative flux."

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