Pre-Med Students at Lander Colleges Check Out Their Options

Mentoring Program at New York Medical College For Touro Undergraduates Is a Great Success

March 10, 2014

According to Vice President Robert Goldschmidt, who coordinated the planning and organization of the visit, “the purpose of the mentoring program is to give our students essential information both in preparing for medical school and for maximizing their chances for success in the admissions process.”

This year’s program included welcome remarks from Robin Baum, director of admissions, and presentations by Dr. Fern Juster, senior associate dean for admissions, Dr. Jennifer Koestler, senior associate dean for medical education, Anthony Sozzo, director of student financial planning, and a panel of three Touro graduates who are first year medical students at New York Medical College.

In a highlight of the program, Dr. Edward Halperin, chancellor and chief executive officer of New York Medical College, gave an instructive presentation on factors to consider in making the important decision of choosing a medical school.  He explained the proud historical record of New York Medical College in supporting applicants from the Jewish and minority communities going back more than a century.  The program concluded with a tour of the medical education center and its laboratories.

The response from the participants was universally enthusiastic.  Esther Saul, a biology major at the Lander College of Arts and Sciences, said, “I came on the trip with apprehension, intimidated by the idea of how different medical school would be from what I’m used to, but after hearing from Dr. Halperin, the faculty and the panel of Touro graduates, I left with a feeling of anticipation, looking forward to the future, and to what medical school can offer.” 

Justin Konig, a pre-medical student in Flatbush, stated, “It was very helpful to hear directly from the faculty of the medical school and I particularly liked hearing from the panel of students.  It was encouraging to see Touro graduates who are successful in medical school."

Joining the Touro students on this important trip were Dr. Robert Bressler (LAS), Dr. Ann Shinnar (LCM), Dr. Sree Venkatraman (LCW) and Dr. Brian Chiswell (LAS).