Dr. Jay Shubrook and Student Doctor Kamalpreet Sahota Honored with Siropa at the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple 

Dr. Jay Shubrook speaking to the congregation at Guru Nanak Sikh Temple before being bestowed the siropa.

On July 29th, 2018, Jay Shubrook, DO, Diabetologist and Professor of Primary Care at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, and student doctor Kamalpreet Sahota of the College of Pharmacy were honored with the bestowal of Siropa at the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple in Fairfield. A siropa is the highest honor that an individual can receive from the Sikh community in acknowledgement of unswerving devotion to a moral or philanthropic purpose.

"Siropa means from your head to your foot," explained Manjit Purewal, former president of the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple. "We give it as a blessing to prepare you throughout."

Beginning in Spring of 2018, the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple has hosted Touro University California's (TUC) Mobile Diabetes Education Center (MOBEC) and have also opened up their place of worship to the Diabetes Education and Empowerment Program (DEEP), a community-based six-week education series.

"I am honored and humbled," said Dr. Shubrook. "It is an extreme privilege to work with the congregation at Guru Nanak Sikh Temple. When we work together, amazing things are possible."

Dr. Shubrook was recognized for this accomplished career in medicine and research on diabetes. The temple's priest also surprised Ms. Sahota by honoring her with a Siropa as well for the dedication of spirit that she demonstrated during her time leading the DEEP classes at the temple.

"In addition to making strong connections with the local community, this experience broadened my awareness on the barriers patients face in efforts to manage diabetes and related co-morbidities," said Ms. Sahota. "Both the honor from the Gurdwara and feedback from DEEP participants has been humbling."

The Guru Nanak Sikh Temple has invited TUC back to continue to educate the community. Another six-week DEEP session is scheduled to begin at the temple this fall, and in January, the temple will see its first year-long Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) cohort.

To learn where the MOBEC will be next or how you can sign up to volunteer, visit here.

Dr. Jay Shubrook being honored at the Fairfield Sikh Temple Kamalpreet Shaota being honored at the Fairfield Sikh Temple
Dr. Jay Shubrook being honored at the Fairfield Sikh Temple Kamalpreet Shaota being honored at the Fairfield Sikh Temple