Ari Mermelstein

Touro's Lander College for Men

New York Medical College

Gavriel Berman

“Ever since I was a little kid I was in awe of my pediatrician. I knew from day one that I wanted to be like him, and that's why I wanted to be a doctor,” says New York native Ari Mermelstein. As a second-year student at New York Medical College, Ari credits Touro with providing a path to pursue his dream. “The rigorous science curriculum and the relationships I made as an undergrad at Lander College for Men set me up for success,” he says.

Staying within the Touro system for medical school was a seamless transition, and Ari appreciates being in a place that shares his Jewish values, observing the Sabbath and the Jewish calendar. “Medical school is stressful enough without having to worry about exams on Yom Tov,” he explains. He also values how New York Medical College teaches students to treat their patients as so much more than a medical diagnosis. “We are taught to view our patients as people when we treat them. We need to understand not only their illness or medical issue but who they are and how they’re feeling overall. This type of knowledge can change a prognosis. I hope to incorporate this approach into my future practice,” says Ari.

Envisioning his future, Ari is contemplating the field of anesthesiology. “There are many things I love about anesthesia. You get to work with a variety of patients undergoing different surgeries and you learn so many practical skills such as how to intubate and start an IV.” he says. More than anything, Ari wants to make a difference in people’s lives. “What I love about medicine is that people rely on us in their most vulnerable moments. And we're there to take care of them. I think that's very special.”

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