Featured Stories tagged with "class of 2021"

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Residents of Middletown who called their Congressman’s office might have been surprised at the identity of the person on the other end of the line: OMS II Jennifer S. Lee. For the first summer of her medical school experience, Lee was a Summer Fellow for U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, who represents Middletown along with parts of the Hudson Valley.
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For her summer vacation, TouroCOM Middletown student Dana Golden returned to a military lab where she had spent the last few years before enrolling in TouroCOM.
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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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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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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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Several hundred friends and family members gathered together on July 24 to celebrate the 135 members of Touro College of Medicine (TouroCOM) Middletown’s Class of 2021 as they donned their white coats and took the first step in their medical school career.
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After graduating from UBC, Israel-born Daniela Ben Neriah opted to broaden her medical knowledge by pursuing a master’s in nutrition from Columbia University.
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In the year before he joined the TouroCOM family, Connor Patrick Bailey was an English and math tutor at a community college in the Tohono O\'odham Indian reservation. The reservation is the largest of its kind with 2.9 million acres on the border of Mexico and Arizona.
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As a child growing up in Haiti without regular access to doctors, Amos Alcius used to help his mother manage her high blood pressure. “I was always the one with the sphygmomanometer,” he recalled.
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TouroCOM-Middletown Student Dana Golden (OMS-II) highlights what she hopes to learn and contribute to the medical field while serving her country.