The osteopathic medical profession has a long history of providing medical care in underserved areas. Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM-Harlem) in New York continues that tradition by training DOs to work in underserved communities. Recently, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Mid-Manhattan Branch honored the medical school’s commitment to minorities and underserved patient populations with its Community Service Award.
The NAACP was impressed by TouroCOM-Harlem’s efforts to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine through its community service programs, including:
- MedAchieve, an after-school mentoring program for underserved Harlem high school students interested in medicine.
- Mentoring in Medicine, a program that brings high school students to TouroCOM’s anatomy labs and encourages them to pursue careers in medicine.
- Fund for Underrepresented Minority Students, a scholarship fund to help underrepresented minorities attend the medical school.
“TouroCOM has excelled in its commitment to expanding educational opportunities and careers in medicine, science, research and technology to underrepresented minorities and African-Americans while also establishing linkages and programs for elementary and high school youth,” said Geoffrey E. Eaton, president of the NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch, in a statement.
The award was presented at the NAACP branch’s recent 14th Annual Freedom Fund Luncheon.