At the end of March, COVID-19 was ravaging everything in its path, and it seemed there was no end in sight. TouroCOM student Tamar York picked up the phone and dialed her friend and classmate Sarah Fahmy. “I have an idea,” York told Fahmy.
The age-old saying of starve a cold and feed a fever has stuck through the ages. The classic saying suggests that a cold can be squashed with adequate food intake, while a fever will burn off faster if you are fasting. However, this adage could not be further from the truth. It turns out our bodies need calories while fighting an infection and nutrients to keep the immune system in tip-top shape.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to upend lives throughout New York City, a TouroCOM alumna steps up to support her fellow healthcare heroes on the front lines.
Many of this year’s medical school graduates will have little time for reflection as they forgo a large ceremony in favor of rolling up their sleeves, donning masks and treating patients stricken by the coronavirus, in some cases 10 weeks early.
When Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) Harlem student Daniel Brady (OMM IV), received an e-mail from Dean David Forstein, DO, asking third- and fourth-year students if they would be interested in volunteering to screen for the coronavirus, Brady didn’t hesitate to say yes.
On March 20, TouroCOM Harlem and TouroCOM Middletown students celebrated taking the next step in their medical journey as they matched to their medical residency programs. The challenging circumstances brought on by the coronavirus epidemic meant there was no big school-wide celebration this year, but even that couldn't dim the excitement of this milestone moment. Keeping in mind social distancing and precautionary measures, students held small—and online—celebrations and the joyful tears and smiles and screams were shared with family and friends. The class continued TouroCOM’s strong tradition of high match rates—with more than 96 percent of students matching into graduate medical education programs.
TouroCOM Middletown students are continuing in their effort to help keep Orange County safe from the spread of the coronavirus.
Many residents at the Harlem Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on W. 138th St. either don’t have family or can’t be with them... and many are at high risk for infection. But each resident has a tablet, preloaded with the ability to video chat, so last week, TouroCOM Harlem students joined them on Skype for individual chats, showing their eagerness to help during COVID-19. More sessions are slated for the coming weeks, and our compassionate students are eager to participate.
Q&A with Dr. Conrad Fischer Infectious Disease Specialist and Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Pharmacology, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – Harlem
When Orange County needed help dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, medical students at TouroCOM Middletown were ready and there.