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Touro Events

Mar 7

March 7, 2021 10:00am ET

The Virus in the Age of Madness


Mar 8

March 8, 2021 1:00pm – 4:00pm ET

Touro College and University System Admissions Summit


Mar 8

March 8, 2021 7:30pm ET

Men’s Virtual Open House at the Lander College of Arts & Sciences in Flatbush

Lander College of Arts & Sciences

Mar 9

March 9, 2021 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET

Conducting a Systematic Review


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Medical students at Touro University California have stepped up to make a positive impact during the coronavirus pandemic. Together, students Ruby Gilmor, Hashir Qamar, and Nicholas Huerta administered COVID vaccines during one of the first mass vaccinations events in the state. “As a medical student who is currently on my internal medicine rotation, I have witnessed the incredible efforts put forth by healthcare workers first-hand and felt I had a responsibility to join and directly contribute to the vaccination efforts in the fight against the pandemic,” said Gilmor. What advice do these future doctors have for someone debating whether to receive the vaccine? “Many people are hesitant to receive the vaccine due to fears that it was rushed to development. I would say that the development of the vaccine within such a short amount of time is a testament to how far science has progressed over the years and shows what can be achieved with collaboration towards a common goal. This vaccine will save many lives and give us the best shot at returning to normalcy in our society,” Gilmor said. “I believe there is no better alternative than getting the COVID-19 vaccine when it comes to protecting yourself and others from COVID. If someone is debating whether to get the vaccine, I would first try to understand why they might be concerned and then explain the facts including how it’s about 95% effective, the potential yet minimal side effects and clarifying any misconceptions,” said Qamar.

Touro School of Health Sciences annual Advocacy Day lets students work directly with key legislators on topics that affect the occupational therapy (OT) field throughout New York. While it was run virtually this year, several OT students from the SHS Manhattan campus attended, including Nathan Sylvain. According to Sylvain, "Ahead of Advocacy Day, I was selected to be an Ambassador, where I was responsible for leading a group of OT students in advocacy efforts in front of select assemblyman and legislators. At first, I was extremely nervous as I had never participated in this type of event, let alone held such an important leadership role, and had little time to prepare. Although this was a challenge, I quickly stepped up to the plate. I contacted the legislators and assemblyman directly via email and phone calls to try and set up a meeting to advocate for Bill 3202. This bill allows patients to have direct access to OTs without a required referral from a physician, nurse practitioner, or any other healthcare provider for up to 12 sessions or within a 30-day period. If passed, this bill will help to ensure patients get treated quicker, which will lead to shorter recovery times. We ended up having a meeting with the assistant of Richard Gottfried, an attorney and politician serving as a member of the New York State Assembly from the 75th district. She was very insightful and informed us of key next steps to get this bill passed. What's exciting is that she just told me that Assemblyman Gottfried is looking to sign the bill, so I think it's safe to say that Advocacy Day was a success and great learning experience overall!"

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