2015 Best Discussion Leaders/Biotech Academy Touro Internship

Message from Shin Murakami, Ph.D.,
College of Osteopathic Medicine - Department of Basic Sciences

Biotech Academy Touro Summer Internship is a part of community integration and service efforts for mostly underrepresented group in Vallejo (94% as of June, 2015). Each year we select two Best Discussion Leaders that made outstanding impact on our student interns. In 2015, I am pleased to announce that our internship chose two Best Discussion Leaders:

- Dr. Justin Heard, Assistant Dean, Graduate School of Education

       for outstanding introduction of "perceptual blindness (also called selective attention)".

- Ms. Arpita Sinha/OMS2 and Mr. Kyle Meggison/OMS2

       for inspiring OMM presentation on behalf of SAAO. 

This year the internship covered Real Brain, Dementia, and Patients (with emphasis on Genes and Metabolism). Several TUC students have made excellent contributions to local students. Notable are Daisy Li/OMS2 (Student coordinator and Dementia), Ryan Worth/OMS2 (Allied Health), Kristina Jackson/MPH (Education and Pre-med), Phong Ta/MSHMS-COM (Student coordinator and Semi-automated system), and Rakhi Patel/MPH and MSHMS-COM (Teen Nutrition and Metab) for IPE.  Kyle was also a student coordinator.  Also, special thanks to our outstanding faculty, including Dr. Puder (BS/COM), Dr. Stoltz (Nursing), Dr. Forncrook (PCD/COM), Dr. Heard (above) and Dr. Brody (Public Health). 

Finally, I thank SGA (Michelle Tran/OMS2) for helpful communication, and TUCOM (Dr. Clearfield, COM and Dr. Gayer, BS/COM) for understanding of the activity and support for food service.