Featured Stories tagged with "Tourocom"

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First-year students at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) Harlem campus, and future doctors, ended their first semester orientation last week with a water fight and barbecue. Over hotdogs and hamburgers, students discussed why they chose medicine and what attracted them to TouroCOM’s Harlem campus.
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In June 2014, Jeffrey Karpen came over from the West Coast—where he’d studied, researched and taught for nearly three decades—and joined the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine as its Associate Chair of Basic Biomedical Sciences and Associate Course Director of Physiology, in addition to conducting classes as a Professor of Physiology. His full-time transition to teaching and administration comes on the heels of countless papers and publications dedicated to better understanding and exploiting cell signaling, i.e. how our cells process and interact with their environment—or, at times, fail to—and dictate our basic sensory and biological function.
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On August 16th, the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM)-Middletown Class of 2019 participated in their formal White Coat Ceremony, the second annual ceremony since the opening of the new TouroCOM campus in Middletown, New York. 
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The entire Touro community is saddened by the tragic loss of one of our own, Tracy Sin-Yee Tam, DO, a graduate of the class of 2013, who was a victim of the event at Bronx Lebanon Hospital.
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They hailed from different parts of the world – one from Nigeria and the other from Hawaii and Japan – and now some two decades later, they stood on stage at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on a recent June afternoon, sharing an honor bestowed by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) for community service they gladly provided during their four grueling years of medical school.
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Why Medicine "I was part of an anonymous peer hotline in college and it was my first experience helping other people. After that, I knew I wanted to go into medicine."
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Ashley Adamo graduated from Hunter College with a degree in literature (favorite author: John Irving), before returning for a postbac in bio-chemistry. She found an unlikely link between her two passions: “All medicine is language,” she said. “Reading a medical textbook is like reading James Joyce’s Ulysses. You read it and then later you understand it.” Part of her desire to attend medical school came from her reflecting on her mother’s death when Adamo was a teenager. “My mother died of cancer and doctors were both the heroes and the villains,” Adamo recalled. “I was angry for a while and then I realized that they were the main players and I was on the side and I never wanted to be on the side again.” Plus, she added with a laugh, being a doctor is good in case of a zombie apocalypse. Between finishing her postbac she worked at a lab studying the effect of various cancers on fruit flies.
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Both of Jack Zhang’s parents are doctors in China and he chose to follow in their footsteps. They encouraged him to broaden his horizons and think about American medical school. He said that his father, a gynecologist, inspired him. “He would do ten surgeries a day; he was literally saving lives each day,” said Zhang. He said he was looking forward to TouroCOM’s flipped-classrooms. “Touro was my first choice,” he said. 
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Why Medicine "I never had any interest in medicine growing up or even in my undergraduate career. After my undergraduate degree, I moved to New York City to pursue a career as a dancer and an actor. After a few years, I got really sick. I was undiagnosed for about six months with an auto-immune disease. Having this experience of being sick without insurance made me think about studying medicine. I felt like there was this whole world of people who are suffering and getting lost in the system. I felt that because of my experiences, I could really offer them something."
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Michael Erickson is an ardent advocate of the osteopathic profession. In 2013-2014 he was named National Student D.O. of the Year, and during his year as president of TouroCOM\'s Student Government, he also served as National Medical Education Representative of COSGP (College of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents), where he advocated for the need to have “a better, more streamlined process for teaching osteopathic manipulation in medical school.”