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.
Students hailing from both the tri-state area and considerably further celebrated their entrance to TouroCOM with a week-long orientation program concluding with a barbecue and a block party in Harlem. While the festivities were cut short by a rainstorm, students were happy to discuss their plans and their backgrounds. Students spoke about their desire to have a positive impact on the world and shared a fun fact about themselves.
Medical school was always the destination for the Nigerian-born Moghalu. She graduated high school at 16 and set sail for England’s University of Leeds to study biomedical engineering. Realizing she wanted more flexibility in her education, Moghalu enrolled in Baylor University in Texas. After graduating, she applied to TouroCOM Harlem as a student in the Master of Science Program in Interdisciplinary Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences and then followed Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Jerry Cammarata to the newly opened Middletown campus when she started the DO program.
Now that TouroCOM students finished their first year of medical school, one might think that they’d take a much-deserved break from their medical studies, especially since it’s their only real summer break during med school. Not these five students.
Students Meghan Beard, Stephanie Chung, Huong Nguyen, Kevin Yiu and Maksim Vaysman took advantage of their summer vacation to pursue research projects inside the medical community. Some students spoke about how pleasant it was to interact with patients after a year of studying; others spoke of the joy of tracing a forgotten patient’s life through their chart history. Each student is working towards publishing something based on their research.
On July 24, the 135 members of TouroCOM Middletown’s class of 2021 donned their white coats and began their medical school career. We spoke with several members of the new class about their backgrounds, their journey to medical school and why they chose to join the TouroCOM family.