Touro College Harlem “Human Touch Community Impact Grant” Received For Harlem High Schoolers

October 30, 2018

Congratulations to Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Harlem’s Student Doctor Shreel Parikh, who along with fellow student doctors Nick Ingram, Neel Patel, and Avni Sheth the student doctors received a “Human Touch Community Impact Grant” from the American Osteopathic Foundation.

The grants, awarded in three categories, empower medical students to improve the health and well-being of their communities. TouroCOM’s award is for mentoring and tutoring in underserved areas. The four TouroCOM students are co-directors of the school’s Med-Achieve program, an after-school mentoring program that increases awareness and interest in medicine and other health professions among students from public high schools in Harlem and other parts of Manhattan. Many of the high school students live in medically underserved communities and a majority are underrepresented minorities. The high schoolers attend weekly labs and lectures at TouroCOM taught by the medical students and are matched one-on-one with a TouroCOM student mentor who works with them throughout the year. So far this year Med-Achieve has enrolled 54 students from 20 high schools across the city. “We are incredibly excited to be the recipients of such an outstanding grant,” said Co-Director Avni Sheth. “We look forward to utilizing the grant this year to help meet our goals!” Pictured are TouroCOM Med-Achieve students for 2018-2019.

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