Harlem, N.Y. - The entire 2013 graduating class of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) in Harlem was placed in residency programs, with about half matched to primary care residencies, a key mission of the school. The graduates, who received their DO degrees in June, matched to many of the most prestigious residency programs in the country.
It was almost 3 P.M. on Monday and Martin Levine, DO, associate dean and professor of family medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM), was on Boylston Street in Boston, in front of “Tent A,” the main medical tent where runners are treated after they finish the marathon. He had been in the tent helping the athletes and had left to find other runners he could assist. Suddenly Dr. Levine heard an explosion, felt its concussive force, looked in the direction of the blast and saw a plume of white smoke about a half block away. He yelled into the tent to make room for casualties, and proceeded toward the blast when a second one went off.
Amanda Lucashu, TouroCOM '15, won 4th place in the A. Hollis Wolf Case Competition as part of the AAO Convocation in Orlando, FL. Her case was about the use of OMT (Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment) in hypertension.
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.”