Graduates of the School of Health Sciences Physician Assistant (PA) Program at the Manhattan campus of Touro College were honored recently at an awards ceremony at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City. Special achievements were recognized, and the ceremonial presentation of monogrammed white coats highlighted the celebration on May 5.
Drs. Frances Corio, P.T., PhD, OCS and Robert Troiano, DPT, CHT started out with a question: Could something as common as a musical metronome, which helps set a balanced pace for musicians, help individuals with limb loss walk more steadily and symmetrically? While they thought it could, they wanted to test this hypothesis scientifically.
At a recent Inter-Professional Education Symposium (IPE) sponsored by Touro College School of Health Sciences, over 350 students, faculty, and clinicians from the departments of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Speech Language Pathology, and Physician Assistant gathered to work together as an interprofessional team to first treat and later plan for the discharge of a fictitious patient; a 23-year-old adult with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) admitted to the hospital after suffering multiple fractures from a car accident.
From April 7-10, Touro School of Health Sciences (SHS) Occupational Therapy (OT) students, faculty and alumni participated in the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Expo—the largest gathering of occupational therapy practitioners and students in the world—at the Hilton Chicago in Illinois.
For Diana Daus, Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy department of Touro’s School of Health Sciences, Huntington’s Disease is more than just a field of interest; it is personal. Seven years ago, her mother passed away after a long and insidious battle with this hereditary disease, and her brother was diagnosed in 2014. He is currently participating in clinical trials and is under the care of a neurologist specializing in HD.
Each year, DPT students volunteer at the Educational Alliance’s Sirovich Center, a non-profit organization located in Manhattan that caters to the health and wellness of the senior population,in a unique variety of ways—leading health fairs, helping serve lunch in the cafeteria, teaching origami, or facilitating wellness seminars, where they cover topics important to Sirovich’s clientele, such as ways to maintain healthy bones and posture, proper use and maintenance of assistive devices (e.g. walkers and canes), and balance assessments to understand fall risks.
“Horses have a very calm demeanor, which is why they are so therapeutic for kids with disabilities,” explains Amarinder Parmar, a DPT ’17 candidate at Touro’s School of Health Sciences (SHS), when asked about the connection between physical therapy and horses. “It has to do with the movement of the horse, and the effect the pelvic input has on the children, many of whom don’t have proper body mechanics.”
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To practice counseling in any of the 50 states, a professional license is required. In the State of New York, there are three professional counseling licenses, one of which is the Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).
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As part of the School of Health Sciences’ mission to foster a rich intellectual environment actively involved in research, our administration helps faculty research initiatives develop by providing the financial backing to support qualified projects.