The new students in Touro University Nevada’s College of Osteopathic Medicine began their new lives in medical school by volunteering during a Day of Service on Aug. 3, the last day of orientation week.
The 181 medical students, the largest D.O. class in the university’s history, volunteered their time at several, local non-profits, including NSPCA, Spread the Word Nevada, the Downtown Senior Center in Henderson, the Heritage Park Senior Center, Three Square Food Bank, and Opportunity Village.
Giving back to the community was incredibly important for Henderson native Savannah Spataro, who spent the day at the Heritage Park Senior Center.
“Being born and raised in Henderson, I think it was very important for me to give back to the community that gave me the opportunity to go to medical school,” she said. “While volunteering at the Senior Center, I learned that there is a gym specifically for seniors. I didn’t know about it before. When I’m able to practice, I want to give my patients advice on the importance of a healthy lifestyle, and knowing about facilities like the senior gym will help me become a more well-rounded physician.”
Nearly 400 new students volunteered throughout Southern Nevada during the university’s two days of service. The day has become a Touro University Nevada staple as new students give back to their community, a key component of the Touro philosophy.