Featured Stories tagged with "TouroCOM"

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Faye Hisoler, whose family hails from the Philippines, said she was attracted to the medical field because of her aunt’s reluctance to see doctors. Hisoler’s aunt passed away from late stage breast cancer that might have been curable had it been diagnosed earlier. After graduating from the College of the Holy Cross, she pursued a Master’s in Public Health at Boston University focusing on epidemiology. “I wanted a broader knowledge of healthcare,” she said. After finishing her Master’s, she decided to apply to medical school. “I realized I couldn’t have a desk job,” said Hisoler. “I wanted to see patients.”
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On July 25, students at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) Middletown Campus donned their white coats for the first time, embarking on their medical school journey. The 135 students of the class of 2020 arrived from across the United States, Canada and China. We spoke with several about their decision to embark on a career in medicine and their reasons for choosing TouroCOM\'s Middletown Campus. 
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In the spring of 2013, Jemima Akinsanya, then a first-year student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM), was tutoring a local high school sophomore through MedAchieve, an after-school medical science enrichment program based in Harlem, when she had an insight. This young student was bright and ambitious; however, Akinsanya realized, perhaps she lacked a clear road map to achieve her goals.
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Sonu Sahni, M.D., the recipient of the 2018 TouroCOM Frank Gray Teacher of the Year Award, is known for a lecture he gives to first-year students.
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One TouroCOM Harlem student wants to change the way doctors and medical students think about obesity.
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Why Medicine "I have a love of science and want to help people."
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Jesse McIlwaine said that he had two loves: baseball and science. After a successful high school career as a closer, McIlwaine dreamt about being a MLB pitcher. When that career didn’t seem possible, McIlwaine recalled a particularly inspiring ninth grade biology teacher and decided to choose medicine. “Medicine seemed like the best medium to allow me to help people,” McIlwaine said. While he didn’t end up in the Majors, McIlwane said that the training he has from baseball will be of use in his medical career. “Being a physician means working as part of a group. It’s very similar to being on a team—you need teamwork.”
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Roxana Mehran always knew she was interested in medicine, but her desire crystalized while she worked as an EMT as an undergraduate student at Stonybrook University. “I loved the fast-paced aspect of being an EMT, but it also made me want to know more about the science of what we were doing.” One lesson from her time as an EMT that she plans on applying to medical school? “You never think you’re ready, you just jump into it,” she explained. Roxana is thinking about a career as a pediatrician, though she might specialize.
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Why Medicine "The opportunity to learn about both science and the human body intrigued me as well as the opportunity to contribute to my community in a positive way."
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There are so many reasons why certain diseases go under-diagnosed and, consequently, under-treated. But in the minds of doctors and professors who took part in the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (TouroCOM) “Bridging the Gap” forum on Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) this past August, a bright spotlight was aimed at this insidious condition.