Touro College welcomes class of 2019

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MIDDLETOWN – Touro College of Osteopathic
Medicine has presented their 2019 class with their white coats. The 135
new students accepted the distinction Sunday afternoon at the annual White
Coat Ceremony at the Middletown campus. This is the second White Coat
Ceremony since Touro established a campus in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Touro College, which is located at the old Horton Hospital building, has
a unique position within the community.

Dr. Jerry Cammarata, chief operating officer and dean of student affairs
at Touro, said the surrounding community is building a positive relationship
with the school. He believes that with the combination of local opportunities
and support, it is possible some graduating students will find a permanent
home in the Hudson Valley.

“We believe that relationship that is being developed now is a relationship,
when combined with the clinical clerkships and the residencies that Orange
Regional Medical Center and the other hospitals will start developing,
could very well place a number of our students right here in the Mid-Hudson
Valley for their career,” said Cammarata. “It’s our
job, I believe, to convince them that this is a wholesome place where
they can feel valued and where the people will get the benefit of their
talent.”

Some of Touro’s students have already declared intentions to stay
in the local area upon graduating.

Mohammad Nauman, a White Coat recipient of Touro’s 2019 class, said
although he is originally from New York City, he likes the area and would
like to become a contributing member of it, if possible, when he graduates
because he is thankful of the education Touro is providing him.

“I’m going to be in this area for four years; they’re
supporting me,” said Nauman. “I would definitely work here
or, give to back to the community around here.”

Touro is also continuing to grow. Dr. Cammarata said in addition to the
135 students in the new class every year, Touro has started a master’s
program this year for interdisciplinary biological and physical sciences.
That new program has 68 students.