For medical students, summer is a valuable stretch of time ripe for participating in new learning experiences, internships, and volunteering work. At Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, first and second year students on both the Harlem and Middletown campuses make the most of their summers by actively pursuing, and attaining, summer experiences that give them more exposure to various fields of medicine.
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.
Michael Erickson, a fourth-year medical student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) in Harlem, is finishing up his medical school training doing surgical rotations – mostly specializing in trauma and burn surgery – the field he has come to love.
The story begins with Edward Qian, OMS2, who’s been gardening since he was a kid. In his hometown of Hinsdale, a quiet suburb of Chicago, his father (a former carpenter who taught him “to build everything from scratch”) maintained a bountiful garden with cucumbers, tomatoes, and soybeans.
Get involved in organizations, and create a social support group. Be aware of timelines, and reach out to professors, advisors, and contacts at your preferred clinical rotations. Come in with an open mind, and don't be afraid to pursue a different medical route than you initially expected. Put in that extra effort and work hard, but also take breaks. And always remember: This is an incredible honor.
The 2014 outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the most widespread in the history of the virus, has evolved into one of the gravest and most urgent medical concerns of our time. At Touro’s Colleges of Pharmacy (TCOP) and Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM), professors are sharing with students their knowledge of and experiences with this virus, both clinically and via secondary research. Their goal? To publicize the importance of identifying precautions and seeking treatments for infectious diseases such as Ebola, and to inspire future healthcare leaders to pursue research in the field.
At Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM)-Harlem, many graduates are entering their residencies with a research article, or several, under their belts. Ana Michunovich, Moises Enghelberg, Kessiena Aya, and Michael Erickson—four graduates of the class of 2015, and all students of extracellular matrix biochemist and board-certified Anatomic Pathologist Dr. Robert Stern—speak about their published research, how they entered the field of medicine, and their education at TouroCOM.
Serve as a role model on the advice you're giving your patients. Be empathetic and sympathetic when listening to patient history. Pay attention to new developments in drug medicine; identify learning objectives; find out about new research before it finds you. In residency, always remember you're part of the team. Be an ambassador for osteopathic medicine; show the world what it means to serve the masses. Be humble, because humility expands knowledge. And never forget that you can always reach out to your TouroCOM professors.
Students from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Middletown campus recently volunteered for the school’s Medical Brigade mission in Honduras, where they provided critical healthcare services to residents of underserved communities in Pedregal and Las Crucitas.
She’s run six marathons and varsity cross-country. She’s an athlete, an author, a coder, a chemist, a teacher, a backpacker, a researcher, and a painter. She leads the Student Ambassador Program with fellow medical student Daniel Lee. And now, she’s TouroCOM-Middletown’s Student D.O. of the Year.