Medical Guide 2019: Touro’s Biotech Academy lights way for future scientists

The Daily Republic
by Diyosa Carter

Graduate students enrolled at Touro aren’t the only ones benefiting from the school’s focus on student success and innovation. Eight years ago, Dr. Shin Murakami, an associate professor at TUC, began the Biotech Academy, a free summer program meant to engage area high school students in the practical applications of healthcare techniques taught at a school like Touro. 

Medical students serve as the program designers and mentors, working directly with the participating high school students on how to perform ultrasounds, how to suture wounds, how to react in an emergency clinical setting, how to function in an anatomy lab, how to perform a Head, Eye, Ears, Nose and Throat exam and more.

During the program this year, which wrapped up in June, Touro hosted 25 students in grades 10-12 from around Solano and Contra Costa counties, which Dr. Murakami and his assistants narrowed down from more than 300 applicants.

“These students are all really exceptional,” Dr. Murakami said. “We’re not really interested in good test takers. We’re much more interested in warm hearts.”

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