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."

Medical and Middle School students help turn Village of Warwick teal

September 06, 2016

Those teal (blue-green) colored ribbons that are now along Main Street are there for “Turn the Towns Teal,” a national awareness campaign to promote awareness of ovarian cancer and its silent symptoms.

On Wednesday, Aug. 31, students from the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown along with Warwick Valley Middle School students gathered on the steps of Village Hall before heading out to place those ribbons.

Turn the Towns Teal, organized here by Kathy Colquhoun, a 20 year survivor, occurs each year during September, which is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

The campaign was inspired by Gail MacNeil of Chatham, New Jersey, who passed away in June 2008 after a nearly 11-year battle with ovarian cancer.

6 Reasons Why Your Poop Smells So Bad

August 23, 2016

Anyone who's had to bust out air freshener after a number two session knows that some visits to the throne can be more potent than others. While it's no secret that poop is supposed to smell bad, a next-level nasty aroma could be a sign that something's off with your digestive system. Look into one or more of these possible culprits:

You Eat a Lot of Meat
When you eat foods that are high in sulfur—such as meats, dairy, garlic, and cruciferous veggies (think: broccoli, cabbage, kale)—your gut works overtime to digest them and produces a larger amount of the gasses that make your poop smell. "Even with normal digestion, these foods will lend an eggy aroma to stool," says Anish Sheth, M.D., author of What's Your Poo Telling You? Translation: Avoid sulfur-rich foods on a first date.

You're Lactose Intolerant
If things get explosive every time you dig into your fave ice cream, you could be lactose intolerant. "Lactase is an enzyme that breaks lactose down to make it easier for your body to digest," explains Niket Sonpal, M.D., assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. "If you lack the lactase enzyme or produce an insufficient amount, bacteria in your large intestine causes the undigested lactose to ferment and produce foul-smelling gas and stools." Put the kibosh on the discomfort (and aroma) by cutting back on dairy products, switching to lactose-free options, or popping lactase enzyme tablets (such as Lactaid) just before a meal or snack.

Doctor suicide is an epidemic in US

August 23, 2016

Some 400 physicians in the United States annually commit suicide and with that startling statistic in mind, Touro medical college in Middletown, Monday, participated in the National Day of Solidarity to Prevent Physician/Medical Student Suicide.

A number of stress factors can contribute to what doctors call an epidemic among their colleagues.

Johnson Zhang, a second year medical student at Touro, and president of the Student Government Association, told fellow students there are many pressures on medical students.

“We all know it is very difficult as medical students and graduate students,” Zhang said. “There are many demands, more so than ‘regular people’; I refer to it as ‘adulting’. There are a lot of hours we have to contribute, not only to handling financial situations, family burdens, but also many study hours. It is very important to recognize all these many stressors, but also find ways to relieve them.”

5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Zika Virus Now That It’s Basically Here in the U.S.

August 01, 2016

While the spread of the Zika virus this summer has been terrifying, we were at least comforted by the fact that the disease-carrying mosquitos hadn’t arrived in the U.S. That is, until now: On Friday, July 29, Florida health officials said there's a high likelihood that four cases of the mosquito-borne virus in the state were transmitted locally. Eeek.

In order to confirm this, Niket Sonpal, M.D., assistant clinical professor at Touro College of Medicine, says health officials will have to “carefully go over the patients' recent travel history, sexual exposures, and essentially recreate the last several weeks to months of their lives in order to narrow down the route by which they were exposed.”

4 Steps to Calculate Exactly How Much Sleep You Really Need

July 29, 2016

Scoring enough shuteye is a constant battle—from drinking one coffee too many to stressing when you should be snoozing, it's no wonder more of us don't curl up under our desks for a nap-turned-coma. It doesn't help that most of us have no idea how much sleep we should really be getting since the optimal amount varies from person to person.

Some of the factors that shape how much sleep we need are out of our hands, such as our age and gender, says Niket Sonpal, M.D., assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, New York. But thanks to a few easy steps, you can stay at the top of your game by honing in on the exact amount of sleep your body needs.

Warwick Valley High Graduate receives prestigious fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center

July 13, 2016

Dr. Abigail Woglom-Meigh, a 2001 graduate of Warwick Valley High School, has successfully completed her residency in anesthesia with St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, N.J.

On Aug. 1, she will begin a one-year fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, filling one of two prestigious positions sought after by more than 2,000 applicants.

Woglom-Meigh earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem in 2012.

Harlem Mentor And Touro College Student Chosen For Prestigious Welch Scholars Grant

July 12, 2016

Christine Choi, D.O. candidate at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been selected to receive a 2016 Welch Scholars Grant from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). One second-year student from each of the AOA’s member schools is eligible to receive the prestigious grant, which is awarded based on outstanding academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, strong commitment to osteopathic medicine and financial need.

Ms. Choi has shined in her studies and in her extracurricular activities. She serves as chief medical student at Englewood Hospital, where she provides input and support for scheduling rotations and mediating communication between doctors and students. Previously, she took a leadership role in the school’s chapter of the honor society, planning and hosting mock anatomy exams and setting up a diagnosis case study club. She also chaired the strategic planning of a student-run clinic at TouroCOM, and gave campus tours for medical school applicants.

Middletown wins $10 million state prize

July 07, 2016

MIDDLETOWN – The City of Middletown is the winner of the Mid-Hudson Valley region’s downtown revitalization competition, bringing with the designation a check for $10 million...

“They have a lot of building blocks in place already,” Cuomo said. “The city, itself, invested over $60 million in infrastructure. You have Touro College coming in. You have the expansion of the community college. You have the Clemson Brewery. You have over 1 million square feet of available space. So we think there’s a very high likelihood of success here. Plus, the leadership proved themselves very capable. So we think the money is actually going to have a dramatic impact.”

NYCOMEC Research Director Invited to IAMSE Faculty Development Course & Dr. Steier Appointed Executive Dean for TouroCOM in New York

July 07, 2016

NYCOMEC and TouroCOM - Middletown Campus Research Director, Dr. David Yens, Invited to IAMSE Faculty Development Course & Dr. Steier Appointed Executive Dean for TouroCOM in New York

‘She’ll make a difference’

June 29, 2016

Jean Shiraki says growing up on Kauai inspired her to become a doctor.

“On Kauai, people come together and help each other,” she said. “That idea of a close, tight-knit community is embodied in a physician.”

Shiraki, who attended Island School from kindergarten to eighth grade, traveled to New York City to fulfill her dream of being a doctor.

She graduated June 12 from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. But her medical aspirations reach further than an examination room.

Shiraki hopes to make a difference in people’s lives by effecting change on the legislative level by crafting policy that would have a positive impact on the people who are often overlooked because they cannot afford treatment.

“Policy is my way of reaching out to the community,” she said. “There’s a bigger picture of the medical world, and bigger issues than learning anatomy.”

11 Signs You Might Have An Iron Deficiency & How To Fix The Problem

June 23, 2016

I love donating blood, so when I went to donate recently and was turned away due to low levels of iron, I was unpleasantly surprised. When I got home I looked into the signs you might have an iron deficiency, and realized nearly all of them were issues I had personally be dealing with. The symptoms were all around me, but I had been avoiding them, which — in retrospect — was a very silly move on my part.

A final — and very telling — sign you might have an iron deficiency is if you’re finding yourself craving odd things, like dirt, ice, or clay. Niket Sonpal, M.D., an internist and assistant professor of clinical medicine in the department of biomedical sciences at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, New York, told SELF this is because people with low levels of iron may develop pica — a syndrome that causes people to want to eat things that aren’t food.

TouroCOM-Harlem grads honored with state service award

June 16, 2016

Jemima Akinsanya, DO, is passionate about mentoring underrepresented minority students who are interested in careers in medicine, health and science. Jean Shiraki, DO, has used her policy expertise to plan health fairs and provide leadership in national and state medical societies, focusing on issues that affect minority communities.

Both physicians, who just graduated from the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York, were recently honored with the Community Service Award of the Medical Society of the State of New York.

Touro Medical Grads Receive NY State Service Award

June 16, 2016

Jemima Akinsanya and Jean Shiraki, two recent graduates of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2016, received the Community Service Award of the Medical Society of the State of New York at commencement ceremonies held recently at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

“They have provided outstanding service to the community, selflessly and with great skill,” said TouroCOM Executive Dean Robert Goldberg in calling the student doctors up to receive the award.

Drs. Akinsanya and Shiraki pursued different paths, but both dedicated themselves tirelessly, forgoing study time and social events to further causes they believed in. Akinsanya focused on helping underrepresented minorities gain a foothold in medicine and mentoring youth in Harlem who might one day want to pursue a career in health or science.

High-Intensity Statins Are No More Effective Than Regular Statin Therapy

June 09, 2016

Patients who were on lower-dose statins did just as well at lowering their cholesterol as those who were on moderate- to high-intensity statin medications, according to a new study presented here at Touro College Research Day. The results call into question newer recommendations that advocated for more aggressive treatment of cholesterol.

Organized by the Touro Research Collaborative, Touro College Research Day was held on Tuesday, May 3, at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Touro College of Pharmacy campus at 230 West 125th Street in Harlem.

In 2013, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association issued controversial new guidelines recommending moderate- to high-intensity doses of statins to more aggressively lower low density lipoprotein (LDL), the bad cholesterol. “It was controversial because essentially it resulted in 12.8 million more people being placed on these statin drugs,” says the study’s lead author Martha Rumore, PharmD, Associate Professor of Social, Behavioral & Administrative Pharmacy at the Touro College of Pharmacy.

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