We all wake up some mornings feeling jaded. Most of us reach points in our careers when we ponder whether the exhaustion and long hours are worth it, if we should change direction and settle into an occupation that’s less totally consuming. Peter Lee, a 2012 graduate of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (he was selected as class speaker by his peers) and current ER resident at New Jersey’s Morristown Medical Center, follows a simple philosophy to help smooth out the work week’s rough edges: balance. Specifically, a balance of medicinal intellect, spiritual consolation and personal fulfillment.
TouroCOM students advocated for policies addressing loan debt and caps on residency, both issues of concern for medical students, as they took part in this year's AMA Student Advocacy Day.
During our winter break, seven of us TouroCOM students travelled to Kathmandu, Nepal, to volunteer at Sahid Memorial Hospital. After rotating through general, ICU, surgical/post-op and emergency wards at Sahid, we gained invaluable first-hand medical experience in a foreign environment.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a group of OMS-I students rallied around a fellow classmate and helped her family in a time of need. Brittany DeNaro’s grandparents, living in the Far Rockaway area of Queens, saw their cars, garage and basement flooded. Fellow students Jeffrey Touma, Erica Mirigliani and Arjola Cosper pitched in, cleaning, packing and preparing the house for the insurance inspection and the couple’s return.
Saturday August 25th, TouroCOM participated in the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run/NYC Family Health Walk-A-Thon for Peace in Our Communities. Students and faculty came out to support the community and their goal for peace! It was a great walk and run and we enjoyed lending our support for such an amazing cause!
Dr. Piotr B. Kozlowski, Dean of Research at TouroCOM is passionate about science and research (just ask him for a tour of the labs). This summer he’s offering a class to give TouroCOM students (and non-TouroCOM students – there were even three exceptional high school students from Brooklyn Tech) the skills they need to venture into the lab and start their own research. He’s sure he’ll find some budding researchers among them and his happy to save a spot for them in the lab. “Applied Biotechnology: A hands-on approach for learning current laboratory research techniques” is the course title for this research class and among other things it introduced students to gel electrophoresis, western blot, DNA fingerprinting.
Hunter Vincent, OMS II, is hanging out in Cartagena, Colombia this summer. “It is the most amazing city! I’ve been taking some Spanish classes and my girlfriend and I have been teaching art and English to kids in the slums.”
Dr. David Lenihan’s high tech classrooms are geared to ensure student success.
As part of their Scrubs for Cubs program, The Pediatrics Club headed by Jackie Rodriguez, Kaitlyn Piatt, Niva Shah, Raza Ashraf and faculty advisor Dr. Sushama Rich, organized an amazing day for PS 197 on May 21. The kids got to spend some time in the anatomy lab learning about the human brain and other parts of the body. It was a great experience to get a local school really interested in science and it was a perfect way to reach out to the future of medicine! They were a really great group of kids!
Nineteen TouroCOM students participated in the “Miles for Healthier Lifestyles” Bike and Run Relay sponsored by the AMA. The purpose of the race was to enable students to practice what they preach, and go out and demonstrate the importance of exercise in a healthy lifestyle.