The revamped MCAT and initiatives at several schools signal a new desire for students with varied interests - something DO schools have long valued.
What do these changes mean for osteopathic medicine and medicine in general? The message of osteopathic medicine is clearly spreading outside of the osteopathic medical profession, says Nadege Dady, EdD, the dean of student affairs for Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem. And that’s good news for patients.
The Touro College and University System conferred an honorary doctorate on Dr. Jay Sexter, the provost, CEO, and vice-president for academic affairs for the Harlem and Middletown campuses of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM), and to Alan Schoor, Touro's outgoing senior vice-president for operations, at the 41st annual commencement exercises of the Lander Colleges at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. Dr. Sexter, who is retiring at the end of the 2015 academic year, led the effort to create Touro’s four schools of osteopathic medicine, which distinguished the institution as a national leader in physician education. Schoor will be joining the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty as executive director and CEO.
Enlisting in the armed forces is one way to slash, or even eliminate, your medical education debt. But it’s a serious, life-changing commitment.
"If you’ve ever felt the duty to serve and had an interest in joining something bigger, it's a really great opportunity,” says Eric French, DO, who joined the Army at age 17 and served eight years. When he attended the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York, he decided not to rejoin the Army, but he plans to enlist again after his first year of residency.
Horizon Family Medical Group, with 40 offices throughout Orange County including those in Warwick, Florida, Goshen and Monroe, recently extended its health care across the seas.
The healthcare firm donated $2,500 plus medical supplies to Medical Brigades at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown.
MIDDLETOWN — Horizon Family Medical Group, with 40 offices throughout Orange County including those in Warwick, Florida, Goshen and Monroe, recently extended its health care across the seas.
Deep in the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley is a small medical school doing big things.
Governor Cuomo Announces $181 Million to Fund Projects Generating Economic Opportunity Throughout New York State
Touro College (Orange County) – $1,000,000
Touro College, a private educational institution, will use a grant of up to $1,000,000 for a portion of the cost of renovation and construction to redevelop the former Horton Hospital Tower into a state of the art osteopathic medical school that will include an on-site clinic and student housing.
The Mid-Hudson region has long sought to stem a brain drain as highly skilled young people left the region after college, and a medical school for the area has long been discussed. When the Horton Hospital in Middletown and the Arden Hill hospital in Goshen closed in 2011, Orange County officials approached Touro College, which agreed to consider adding a medical school contingent upon financing. In 2012, the College was awarded a $1,000,000 grant through the Regional Council CFA process to close a financing gap and allow the development of the first medical school in Orange County to progress.
The College, known as TouroCOM-Middletown, began admitting students in 2014. An estimated 150 construction jobs were created during the construction phase and approximately 800 indirect full-time equivalent jobs will be created in Middletown and throughout the Mid-Hudson region as a result of the medical school at the Horton campus. The project will also provide more local access to state-of-the-art healthcare.
Orange County seeks successful and long-lasting matchups for companies to come here. “If you look at me as a sort of Match.com of businesses, that’s the way to do it,” said County Executive Steven Neuhaus.
The county wants to keep and expand health care facilities at home. Bon Secours Charity Health System is in talks for a joint venture with a Westchester medical group. Orange Regional Medical Center just completed a major expansion and Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine settled in Middletown last year.
Now in its second year, the NYSOMS Student Research Poster Competition is on its way to becoming as popular--and as competitive--as the Intern/Resident Poster Competition, a longtime staple of NYSOMS' annual convention. Last year, there were only five student contestants. This year, that number almost tripled, with 13 students submitting impressive research. AND THE WINNERS ARE:
FIRST PLACE: Matthew R. Woodward, MSc., OMS 2, TouroCOM
"Olfactory Identification Deficit as a Predictor of White Matter Tract Impairment in Alzheimer's Disease"
SECOND PLACE: Polina R. Pinkhasova, OMS 2, NYITCOM
"Metformin Reduces Mitochondrial Degradation in Doxorubicin Treated Cardiac Myoblasts"
THIRD PLACE: Andrew M. Ho, OMS 4, NYITCOM
"Patient Outcomes of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Radiation Cystitis"
All of the 124 students graduating from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem this coming June who sought and were eligible for highly coveted fall residencies have been matched successfully, the school has announced.
Said Dr. Robert Goldberg, TouroCOM’s executive dean and professor: “We salute the class of 2015. TouroCOM is committed to training osteopathic physicians with an emphasis on practicing in underserved communities, and to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine. Another cornerstone of our mission is to graduate qualified osteopathic physicians into primary care residencies. To these ends, once again, we are succeeding by leaps and bounds.”
Touro Medical College students participated in a psychiatric-interest forum with Dr. Quazi Al-Tariq, standing right of center, a mentor and adjunct professor at the school, assisting.
New York’s Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and Touro College of Pharmacy recently came together for the first time for an interprofessional education (IPE) class on Cultural Competence in Health Care. The class, which tackles challenges in understanding cultural diversity in health care, was only available to Touro’s medical students in the past, according to the school. “By combining the pharmacy and medical students in 1 lecture hall, students from both schools are taking the course together in an attempt to address one of the components of the [World Health Organization] definition of IPE, by learning ‘with’ one another.”
On a recent Thursday morning, across 125th Street from the Apollo Theater in Harlem, pharmacy and medical students from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and Touro College of Pharmacy gathered for an unusual event. It was the first session of a course they would be taking together, titled “Introduction to Cultural Competence in Healthcare.”
On a recent Thursday morning across the street from the Apollo Theater on 125th Street in Harlem, pharmacy and medical students from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) Touro College of Pharmacy (TCOP) were gathering for an unusual occasion. It was the first class session of a course they would be taking together – titled “Introduction to Cultural Competence in Healthcare.”
"Getting here has been an amazing journey, but to be acknowledged in The Harlem Times for Women’s History Month is a recognition that I don’t take lightly,” said Dr. Dady. “Once again, I am grateful.”
The Times Herald talks about our students who visited Washington DC recently for "DO Day on Capitol Hill" and the upcoming Community Open House in the Middletown Campus.
Several New York physician leaders and MSSNY staff travelled to Washington, DC this week to advocate for their patients to key New York Congressional delegation members in support of Medicare SGR-repeal legislation, relief from excessive CMS regulatory burdens, and assuring sufficient residency slots and debt relief for our future physicians. The current SGR "patch" expires March 31, and an overwhelming number of physicians find they are unable to comply with excessively burdensome requirements, such as meeting EHR meaningful use standards, participating in the Physicians Quality Reporting System, and trying to successfully transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding.
Hundreds of physicians Monday descended on Washington, D.C. where they will refine their message on the top health policy issues facing doctors across the country, and take them directly to lawmakers for discussion.
“There are precious few chances for physicians to have the opportunity to speak to, but more importantly, to have the opportunity to hear the opinions of, the people they’re trying to influence,” Dr. Goldberg said Monday. “As solid as our arguments are, and as firmly as we believe in them, they’re pointless if we are unable to see the wants and fears of the constituents our legislators have to deal with.”
Leaders in Medical Education: Dr. Kenneth Steier, Founding Dean at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – Middletown
The Osmosis Blog interviews Dr. Kenneth Steier, Middletown Campus Dean, about how he got into medical education.
Dr. DiCaprio helped develop the vaccine that now represents perhaps the best hope of slowing the spread of Ebola.
"It’s tough to be proud when over 5,000 people have lost their lives," says the Schenectady native, now 34, who devoted her Ph.D. dissertation to the vaccine. "I don’t have the expertise to say the epidemic could have been prevented. But maybe we could have saved lives. At least we’d know a lot more about the virus and the vaccine."