Department of Institutional Advancement
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For Immediate Release
New York, N.Y., November 2, 2007 - More than 50 kindergarten students at Harlem’s P.S. 197, who were officially welcomed into Project Aspire at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TOUROCOM) at the school’s opening ceremonies on Oct. 15, officially started their medical education with their first anatomy lesson at their school this week.
Wearing the pint-sized lab coats issued to them for the program, the children were introduced to several full-sized skeletons. In small groups, the students were taught about bone structure by TOUROCOM medical students under the supervision of a professor of anatomy.
Project Aspire is an initiative of TOUROCOM to inspire children in Harlem to eventually seek careers in health sciences, including medical school, and after graduation hopefully work in their community. Each year, Project Aspire will initiate incoming kindergarten classes into the program. All participants will be included in lessons and projects at TOUROCOM until they graduate from high school. Project Aspire is also seeking qualified minority college students to apply to TOUROCOM and receive financial aid if necessary.
Paulette Johnson, assistant principal at P.S. 197, remarked after the Halloween assembly, “This is a day the children will never forget.”
“The energy and excitement exuding from the children, the medical students, the professors and the teachers confirmed for us that Project Aspire will make a difference in the lives of all our medical students, from the class of 2011 to the class of 2024,” said Stephen Phillips, Director, Children's Health Education Foundation at Touro College.
Touro College has experienced phenomenal growth since its opening in 1971, and is currently educating more than 25,000 students at locations in New York, California, Florida, Nevada, Jerusalem, Moscow and Berlin. Touro College continues to have a profound impact on the lives of its students and on the Jewish
Dr. Rhonda Quinn, professor of anatomy at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TOUROCOM), shows kindergartners at P.S. 197 a skeleton at an assembly at the school. The children are participants in Project Aspire, an outreach program of the medical school to inspire Harlem children to eventually seek careers in the health field, including medicine.