Back-to-school time is three weeks away for mid-Hudson colleges and school districts, but medical students – both at Touro College in Middletown and at Orange Regional Medical Center a few miles away – have been hitting the books, labs and exam rooms this summer.
Students at the Middletown campus of Touro College for Osteopathic Medicine participated with the Orange County Health Department in a “Points of Dispensing” public health preparedness exercise on Monday.
The Middletown Community Health Center hosted a health fair at Thrall Park on August 8 under a clear sky and soothing music. Vendors were available to inform and entertain fairgoers.
Heidi Williams was there to ensure that people were aware of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. She said a walk in Montgomery on October 3 was their biggest fundraiser for a cure.
It was Saturday in the park with a mission – promoting preventive health care and lifestyle changes, to head off major health problems and keep folks out of emergency rooms.
Talk about access to information. Saturday, at Thrall Park, within easy walking distance of downtown Middletown, MCHC’s third annual Health Fair featured about 40 exhibitors, offering information about a huge body of health issues – from coping with Alzheimer’s disease and cancer, to nutrition, maternal and infant services and dental health. About 300 people turned out during the four-hour event, Boyle said.
One of the most popular exhibits was the health screenings tent run by a corps of second-year medical students from the Middletown branch of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, which just started its second year at the former Horton Hospital. About 150 people stopped in for free blood pressure and respiratory screenings, and the medical students got to get some early clinical experience. It was a perfect match, Boyle said.
Middletown’s 10th Run4Downtown got its official kick off at Franklin Square on August 7. The race will be on August 15 beginning at 8:45 am for walkers and 9:00 am for runners. “The Run4Downtown is like Middletown—It’s all-inclusive. It’s young, its old, it’s all ethnicities,” said Dave Madden, owner of Something Sweet.
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine will have a presence in several ways. Students and their family members will participate in the run or walk. Touro CEO and Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Jerry Cammarata said the college will have a tent to administer osteopathic manipulation services to runners after the race.
Nearly $66,000 was raised by the Harlem community to fund scholarships for underrepresented minorities to attend Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine at the school’s second official “parlor” meeting, hosted recently by attorneys John Lynch and Sylvia Khatcherian at their home on West 116th Street in Harlem.
Touro College on Monday announced support for a proposed medical marijuana company that would operate in New Windsor.
Touro would provide CanniCare of Airmont in Rockland County with research capabilities regarding medicinal marijuana, Alan Kadish, president of the Touro College System, said in a statement.
“There is still a great deal of research to be conducted on the medical application of cannabis, and we are excited by the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way,” Kadish said.
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.”