A summer of relaxation after the intensity of first-year medical school? Not for these students. Five TouroCOM Middletown students used their summer break as an opportunity to broaden their medical horizons while also fulfilling TouroCOM’s mission of service. OMS I Dana Golden, a recipient of the military’s Health Professional Scholarship Program, worked in a military lab to improve combat casualty care ; OMS I Jennifer S. Lee discovered the nexus of policy and medicine working as a Summer Fellow at U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney’s office; OMS I Lyle (Yap) Yaphockun researched better medical treatment for transgender individuals; and OMS I Tiguiran Kane and OMS I Anna Marie Tran spent two weeks in Haiti studying how factors such as race, power and class affect medical treatment.
Clark Johnsen, TouroCOM Harlem Class of 2018, was chosen by the faculty and students to be the student speaker at the school’s recent commencement ceremonies. Before med school, he was leading the star-studded life of a Broadway actor, working in the ensemble of the award-winning musical The Book of Mormon. Now, after four years of intensive study and rotations in medicine, he will be starting a residency in psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center.
When Caroline Basta was a junior in college, her mother developed painful headaches. After seeing several specialists and taking various drugs and finding no relief, her mother sought out the care of a doctor of osteopathy. “After a few sessions of cranial manipulation,” recalls Caroline, “my mother’s headaches were gone.”
First-year TouroCOM Middletown students received a taste of home courtesy of the Rotary Clubs of the Mid-Hudson Valley.
For the 135 members of TouroCOM Harlem’s Class of 2022, July 23 marked the next step in their journeys to becoming doctors as they officially began their first week of medical school.
Orientation week included lectures about coping with the stress of first year studies, introductions to faculty members and programs and even a tour of Harlem. On the last day of the orientation, TouroCOM Harlem’s Student Government Association hosted a water fight and pizza lunch for the new students. We caught up with eight members of the new class and spoke to them about their backgrounds, why they considered a career in medicine and what their hopes are for the future. The Class of 2022 is a diverse group including athletes, artists and researchers and even a nationally ranked fencer. Despite their diverse backgrounds and history, each members of the class new class shared a similar goal: moving the medical profession forward.
On July 23, TouroCOM Middletown’s Class of 2022 donned their white coat as they began their medical school journey to become doctors of osteopathic medicine. Before the ceremony began, we spoke with Stephen Hongach, Lea Saliba, Karolina Bezdickova, Shanice Samuels, Joshua Kolb, and Meyling Zuniga, newly minted first years, about their backgrounds and what led them to choose medicine. Before the ceremony began, we spoke with Stephen Hongach, Lea Saliba, Karolina Bezdickova, Shanice Samuels, Joshua Kolb, and Meyling Zuniga, newly minted first years, about their backgrounds and what led them to choose medicine.
The 135 members of TouroCOM Middletown’s class of 2022 began their medical school experience by donning their white coats at a ceremony at the Paramount Theater in Middletown on July 23.
Three TouroCOM students participated in a prestigious internship program run by the Kaiser Permanente, an integrated managed care consortium in California.
Growing up, Omar Mirza’s life was filled with heroes.
Whether it’s his weekly volunteer sessions at a nearby homeless shelter, organizing student discount for board prep resources, raising funds for holiday toys for homeless children, making study guides or giving tours to prospective students, OMS II Johnny Truong has managed to make service to his peers and the community at large a priority during his time at TouroCOM Middletown. Which made him the obvious choice for this year’s TouroCOM Middletown Student DO of the Year.