The Touro College Manhattan Physician Assistant (PA) Program was recently awarded a three-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services whose mission it is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
As they welcomed forty-five new students to campus, the Touro College School of Health Sciences (SHS) Manhattan Physician Assistant (PA) program held several exciting orientation activities for the Class of 2018—including a baseball game at Yankee Stadium and community service activity at Battery Park. Scroll through the photos below to read more!
Rachel Farahan never forgot the Physician Assistant (PA) who cared for her while she battled a serious illness at the age of 20. A 2013 graduate of the School of Health Sciences’ PA Program, she now has the chance to pay the kindness forward. As she tends to others in her role as PA in the leukemia service at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, Farahan is determined to make anyone who visits her for treatment or consultation feel comfortable.
Dan Rootenberg would like to extend his heartfelt thanks to that anonymous student who didn’t make it to class to begin Touro’s Master of Science in Physical Therapy program. “I had been waitlisted and got a phone call at 10 am, after the first anatomy class when someone failed to show up for school,” says Rootenberg, who graduated in 1997. “That was how I got in, missing the first class.”
"Early on in my career as a physician assistant, I looked after patients with multiple chronic conditions and illnesses that needed several specialists involved in their cases. Communication was critical,” recalls Nathan Boucher, director of graduate education Physician Assistant Program at Touro’s School of Health Sciences. “With transitions between workers taking place every eight, 12 and 24 hours, there were a lot of chances to drop the ball.”
“Slick your hair/ and wear your buckle shoes/ (Up, down!) And all that jazz…” sings Nicole Russo, DPT. Her back to the group, she turns her head to the side and raises her arms up, then down, while her audience—a roomful of sitting or wheelchair-bound senior citizens—follow suit and unanimously sing along to the rousing lyrics.
White-coated Raphael Lebovits, carrying his toddler in his arms, strides across the grand hall with his wife. (“If not for her, I wouldn’t be here today,” he mentions as an aside, shaking his head). He stops to thank a professor for all her hard work over the years, and introduces his child.
How do you stay so healthy and ‘with-it?’” I asked 80-something-year-old Beth. “It’s a positive attitude,” she says. “Yesterday is gone, you can’t do anything about it, but you can plan for tomorrow.”
The current students in Touro's Mental Health Counseling (MHC) program range in age, background, and lifestyle, but they all share a desire to become excellent mental health counselors. Our students have a commitment to community service and a passion for improving the lives of those around them. Take a few seconds to learn why Chaya chose MHC.
It was her own interaction with a Physician Assistant (PA) that inspired Rachel Farahan, a 2013 graduate of the School of Health Sciences’ PA Program. At the age of 20, she battled a serious illness, and remains grateful for the care she received. Now, as she begins tending to others, Farahan is determined to make anyone who visits her for treatment or consultation feel comfortable.
"Patients have no reason to apologize for having questions and needing help," she says, and it’s a philosophy that may just help her save lives.