The cafeteria and BSB lobby were buzzing with activity at the Student Club Fair, held in September, to kick off the academic year. Students from the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, the School of Health Sciences and Practice and the Touro College of Dental Medicine gathered to visit tables set up by nearly 70 clubs to recruit members. Local chapters of national organizations, groups that focus on athletics and sports, medical specialties, health and wellness, community service, not to mention some groups just for fun like board games, ultimate frisbee and table tennis, are available as extracurricular activities and help balance out the demands of studying. View the photo gallery here.
Among the new clubs this year is the Environmental Club to increase awareness of environmental impacts on health outcomes as well as the impacts of the health industry on the environment. Their planned activities include an educational speaker series, hiking trail clean ups, an educational program for local school children and patients at a local hospital and a campus environmental assessment.
Also debuting this year are GeriPals and Primary Care Progress Hotspotting. GeriPals is a student interest group for geriatrics and/or palliative care (GPC). GeriPals will host events to explore careers in GPC, discuss relevant health policies and initiatives and provide volunteer opportunities such as the No One Dies Alone program at Westchester Medical Center. The Hotspotting initiative by Primary Care Progress is a program in alliance with Westchester Medical Center to extrapolate patients who are at high risk for hospital re-admissions. Students will engage with these patients and provide them with the tools necessary to successfully navigate the health care system and perform a root-cause analysis of why some people have a high frequency of emergency visits and to problem solve on a case by case basis.
A major new initiative being undertaken by students this year is the NYMC Center for Human Rights (CHR). The student-run clinic aims to integrate human rights with medicine and will provide medical evaluations for the underserved, particularly those seeking asylum including victims of human trafficking. Faculty volunteers will work with the students to perform medical exams and the students will prepare medical affidavits for a legal team. CHR will work in conjunction with My Sister’s Place, Open Door Family Medical Center and Physicians for Human Rights. Stay tuned for more information on the Center for Human Rights after it officially launches on October 27.