For members of TouroCOM Harlem’s Sigma Sigma Phi (SSP) Honors Fraternity, volunteering and helping their community is an integral part of osteopathic medical school.
As the seven TouroCOM Harlem students watched, a Ghanian doctor performed a caesarian section on an expectant mother. After the newborn was safely delivered, the nurse held the baby up and repeated a refrain that the TouroCOM students and their professor heard several times in the week they visited the small village in Ghana.
A TouroCOM Harlem student presented a groundbreaking new approach to treating strokes at this year’s International Stroke Conference.
Jordan McDonald, a freshman at St. Bonaventure University in Albany, New York, was accepted last year into a combined-degree program that grants talented high school seniors provisional acceptance into medical school. When he begins his sophomore year in the fall, he will decide where he wants to go to medical school. He hopes one day to become a neurosurgeon.
On November 19, 38 students from TouroCOM Middletown joined a host of doctors for a free health fair in Clifton, NJ. The fair, spearheaded by Dr. Nilank Shah, a professor at TouroCOM Middletown, along with several other doctors from NJ, offered indigent residents the chance to meet with medical specialists in a variety of fields.
“When we see patients in the emergency room, we’re seeing them at their most vulnerable,” Dr. Peter Q. Lee (TouroCOM ’12) explained. “They are in their moment of greatest need.”
As a child in multicultural Queens, TouroCOM student Sarah Aly was used to eating foreign foods.
"If you’re going into healthcare you need to know why you’re getting into it," said Supreeya Swarup, a member of TouroCOM’s first graduating class and a third-year cardiovascular disease fellow at Nassau University Medical Center. "We see our patients when they’re at their most vulnerable. Our goal every day is to show up and fight for our patients’ health."
Estie Roth’s path to becoming a global health advocate began with a humbling realization.
Five TouroCOM-Middletown students had an experience this summer that many medical professionals never receive: an immersive medical experience in a rural community.