Touro University Nevada welcomed its newest Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) students to campus during orientation from Aug. 2-7.
The 135 new students representing the Class of 2021 immersed themselves in the College of Osteopathic Medicine by meeting their faculty members and fellow classmates.
“At Touro University Nevada, we’re going to inspire you and challenge you,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost of Touro University Western Division. “In the end, you’re going to get the best possible medical education, and when you walk across that stage four years from now, you’ll know that you will be the best possible professional in your field.”
Tyler Voss, a Nevada-raised student from Henderson, chose to attend Touro because of his desire to improve the state he’s called home his entire life.
“I felt that Touro gave me the best opportunity to pursue medicine locally,” he said. “I know that there is a great need here in the state of Nevada, and I wanted to have that opportunity to give back to my community.”
First-year student Jerry Lin, a native of San Jose, Calif., came to Touro because it offered the most vibrant and comprehensive curriculum of any school he’d seen.
“Dr. Dougherty spoke about his vision and what he wants for Touro, and I really loved it,” Lin said. “I also loved the people I interviewed with and knew that Touro was the best place for me.”
Since Lin is attending medical school more than 400 miles from home, making new friends and building lifelong relationships is one of the things he’s most excited about as he begins his four-year journey at Touro.
“Building camaraderie among my fellow students is really important to me, because we hope to be lifelong colleagues,” he said. “I’m so excited to get started.”
Yara Christina Badrakhan, a first-year student from Los Angeles, said she wanted to attend Touro because she loves both the university and the state of Nevada.
“Touro is just an incredible academic institution,” she said. “I have friends who attended Touro before I did, and they had nothing but great things to say.”
Badrakhan is also excited about the university’s open-door policy where students have an open line of communication with faculty to help them take advantage of the available resources.
While she doesn’t have a specialty in mind, Badrakhan is anxious to begin her studies. She echoed Lin’s sentiment about making friends at Touro as she hopes they’ll develop into strong relationships that will benefit her in the future.
“It’s going to be a long four years, so I’m really looking forward to the friendships,’ she said. “I’m going in with an open mind, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”