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Skeleton Education: TouroCOM Students Teach First-Graders About Bones

Forget trick-or-treating: This past Tuesday, October 28, students of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-Middletown donned skeleton costumes to teach local elementary-school children about human anatomy.

November 02, 2014

The first-graders were given the opportunity to look at real x-rays, use toy stethoscopes to listen to their classmates’ hearts, and touch plasticized bones that the group had brought from the medical school’s anatomy lab. “We pulled out a femur, had them hold it in their hands, and then showed them where it belonged on our [skeleton] outfits. The children were having a lot of fun,” said Dr. Torrents, DO. Medical student Anthony Bonzagni agreed. “The first-graders were a great audience, very inquisitive and enthusiastic,” he said.

“Our focus was to inspire curiosity about health science, and make learning a playful experience for them,” added Labranche, MSc. “All in all, it was a wonderful opportunity to have our students give back to the community and to create a relationship with the students and teachers of New Beginnings.”

The story was featured in the Times Herald-Record on Thursday, October 30.