By: Joshua Feldman, OMS-II
This past week was filled with nostalgia for me, a second year medical student here at NYCOM, observing the newest additions to the student body. It is no surprise that many of the students’ first feelings, along with first-week-jitters, were genuine enthusiasm and excitement for their coming endeavors. On Friday, August 17th, three hundred and twenty-seven future physicians turned the first page of a new chapter in their lives. Together, they will begin this rewarding journey of learning and care giving at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine as the Class of 2016.
In order to transition our new colleagues, many of whom come from very different walks of life, into medical school and assist them in balancing both their academic and personal lives, NYCOM and the SGA chairs put together a myriad of resources to acclimate the new students. From professional talks by President of NYIT, Edward Guiliano and Acting Dean, Barbara Ross Lee, to fun skits by the student body and a helpful Big Brother/ Big Sister program, the class of 2016 got an integrated orientation program.
The theme behind orientation this past week and in years past has been to portray what it means to be an excellent physician. The goal at NYCOM is to foster physicians who embody virtues necessary to carry the title of “Dr.”, with the insight and knowledge of Osteopathic principles. Professionalism, compassion, and dedication were amongst the most important values discussed over the two-day program.
On Monday, I had the pleasure of meeting a number of enthusiastic students who were sitting exactly where I was just one short year ago. Jared Kafer, OMS I, from Avon, Connecticut joined me on the quad for lunch and expressed his gratitude for orientation, “Everyone has made me feel really welcome and excited about starting school. Many of the students who have come in nervous have had their concerns put to rest and replaced with feelings of enthusiasm, by both faculty and senior students.”
I also came across Neel Kachalia, OMS I, from Commack, New York, who was in high spirits after the day’s ice-breakers and activities. “I’ve met a lot of great people here and I look forward to what the year has to offer. I think I am going to enjoy being a part of the NYCOM community.”
At the end of the day, I felt good about the way our class leadership has eased the transition for the Class of 2016. As I walked from the Quad, I was reminded of why I chose NYCOM to complete my medical training and the confidence I had in our institution.