MSSNY Physician Leaders Fight for SGR Repeal, Regulatory Relief

February 27, 2015

Several New York physician leaders and MSSNY staff travelled to Washington, DC this week to advocate for their patients to key New York Congressional delegation members in support of Medicare SGR-repeal legislation, relief from excessive CMS regulatory burdens, and assuring sufficient residency slots and debt relief for our future physicians.  The current SGR "patch" expires March 31, and an overwhelming number of physicians find they are unable to comply with excessively burdensome requirements, such as meeting EHR meaningful use standards, participating in the Physicians Quality Reporting System, and trying to successfully transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding.

Physicians gather to bring unified voice to Capitol Hill

February 23, 2015

Hundreds of physicians Monday descended on Washington, D.C. where they will refine their message on the top health policy issues facing doctors across the country, and take them directly to lawmakers for discussion.

“There are precious few chances for physicians to have the opportunity to speak to, but more importantly, to have the opportunity to hear the opinions of, the people they’re trying to influence,” Dr. Goldberg said Monday. “As solid as our arguments are, and as firmly as we believe in them, they’re pointless if we are unable to see the wants and fears of the constituents our legislators have to deal with.”

Leaders in Medical Education: Dr. Kenneth Steier, Founding Dean at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – Middletown

February 16, 2015

The Osmosis Blog interviews Dr. Kenneth Steier, Middletown Campus Dean, about how he got into medical education.

Good to know: On, and off, the front lines of Ebola research

February 15, 2015

Dr. DiCaprio helped develop the vaccine that now represents perhaps the best hope of slowing the spread of Ebola.

"It’s tough to be proud when over 5,000 people have lost their lives," says the Schenectady native, now 34, who devoted her Ph.D. dissertation to the vaccine. "I don’t have the expertise to say the epidemic could have been prevented. But maybe we could have saved lives. At least we’d know a lot more about the virus and the vaccine."

Touro College In Harlem Names Dr. Arthur Prancan, Exceptional Educator

February 12, 2015

Dr. Prancan, whose specialties are physiology and pharmacology, joined TouroCOM in 2008 as co-course director of the Department of Pharmacology. Since then, he has held numerous other positions at the medical school including associate professor in pharmacology and physiology, course director in pharmacology, chairman of the Department of Basic Biomedical Sciences, and director of the school’s M.S. program — Interdisciplinary Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences — which has produced over 250 graduates, many of whom have enrolled in TouroCOM’s DO program.

3-D Computer System Boosts Anatomy Study for Touro Med School Students

January 31, 2015

Dr. Frank Ehrlich, surgeon for 45 years, visits TouroCOM's Middletown Campus to see its state-of-the-art anatomy lab.

MSSNY Testifies at Assembly Hearing that Proposed WC Medical Fee Changes Could Harm Injured Workers Access to Care

December 19, 2014

Noted Workers Compensation expert Dr. Robert Goldberg, Dean of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine and a MSSNY Board of Trustees member, delivered testimony to a hearing held by the New York State Assembly Labor and Insurance Committees to review concerns with the Workers’ Compensation Board’s "Discussion Document."

US Soldiers In Liberia Receive 4 Hours Of Ebola Training And Are Quartered In Hotels

October 17, 2014

"Ebola alters and affects the coagulation of our bodies, it puts our bodies into a state referred to as disseminated intravascular coagulation, and it is this that leads to the rash and the bleeding we see," Dr. Kathleen DiCaprio, professor of immunology and microbiology at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, told Medical Daily recently. The virus also deregulates our inflammatory response, she said, and so "it really is a trio of pathology that makes it so pathogenic, so lethal, and so difficult to identify a vaccine and treatment."

WTBQ "Health Matters" - TouroCOM Middletown

September 18, 2014

WTBQ "Health Matters" - TouroCOM Middletown

The Apollo Theater Present the 2nd Annual Harlem Healthy Soul Festival

August 31, 2014

Building on the Apollo Theater’s role as a community resource and gathering place, Harlem Healthy Soul Festival is designed to serve as a platform for Harlem families to learn about the numerous community health resources to live active and vibrant lives.

There will also be health education resources addressing some of Harlem’s most critical health concerns, including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, childhood asthma and more. Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Community Affairs and Diversity at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. John M. Palmer, serves as the health advisor for the Festival.

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine student Tieg Beazer wins Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship

August 26, 2014

Expressing her gratitude, Ms. Beazer said, "I am honored to be a 2014 recipient of the Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Scholarship and look forward to initiating more efforts to increase diversity and inclusion at TouroCOM Harlem."

The condom cure! A Brooklyn medical student designs device to save women from bleeding to death during childbirth

August 18, 2014

TouroCOM - Harlem student Mikail Kamal and his research team discovered a blown up condom filled with saline water can put pressure on the uterus to reduce or stop bleeding until the woman is transferred to a hospital.

Notable Nurses

August 17, 2014

Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, N.J.: Judith Kutzleb, RN, DNP, CCRN, APN-C, vice president of advanced practice professionals at Holy Name, was selected June 24 by NJBIZ as the Nurse of the Year at the 2014 Healthcare Heroes awards program in Somerset, N.J. 

Kutzleb has spent more than 30 years in critical care nursing and 10 years in academia. Kutzleb also is primary provider for the management of acute and chronic disease in HNMC’s on-campus clinic. 

In addition, Kutzleb is an assistant professor of nursing at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, N.J., and is also clinical adjunct faculty at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Manhattan.

Robin Williams’ Depression Battle - How He Hid Suicidal Thoughts

August 12, 2014

"There was an indication he had longstanding problems; like many comedians, he likely had a lot of emotional issues," reveals Dr. Jeff Gardere, Assistant Professor Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. "Comedy is often about working out these issues on stage. He really wore his heart on his sleeve."

Medical School Opens in Middletown

July 31, 2014

The Times Herald-Record published this in-depth feature on the opening of the brand-new Middletown campus of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

The D.O. Is in Now

July 29, 2014

Dr. Robert Goldberg, dean of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, members of the faculty and students are featured in this story on the rapid rise of osteopathic medicine, TouroCOM's success and being appropriately located in Harlem.

The Apollo Theater: The 2nd Annual Harlem Healthy Soul Festival

July 28, 2014

The Festival will offer screenings testing blood pressure, BMI, HIV, hepatitis, and other health issues. There will also be health education resources addressing some of Harlem’s most critical health concerns, including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, childhood asthma and more. Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Community Affairs and Diversity at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. John M. Palmer, serves as the health advisor for the Festival.

MOC: An examination of costs and impact to physicians

July 24, 2014

The controversy surrounding maintenance of certification triggered policy action from the AMA. It's considered onerous, expensive and its impact on patient outcomes is debatable. The controversy about making maintenance of certification (MOC) mandatory has triggered new policy action from the American Medical Association (AMA) calling to keep MOC voluntary and to investigate the feasibility of a study to examine the impact of MOC and osteopathic continuous certification (OCC) on physician recruitment and retirement.

House supports offering residency positions to US med schools grads

July 20, 2014

The AOA House of Delegates passed a resolution calling for the profession to advocate for federal legislation to allow U.S. medical school graduates to lay first claims on U.S. residency positions.

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