Students from Touro University Nevada, home to Nevada’s largest medical school and only school of osteopathic medicine, have created and launched a website offering a variety of volunteer services to the community during the COVID-19 crisis.
Called #MedReady, the site – tun.touro.edu/medready seeks volunteer opportunities for Touro students in three primary areas: free K-12 online tutoring; free undergrad and MCAT online tutoring; and general community assistance, including grocery pick-up for seniors, assistance with screenings and other frontline opportunities for healthcare students.
The brainchild of student leaders Cassandra McDiarmid and Parisun Shoga, second-year medical students, and Ashlie Bloom, a fourth year medical student in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program at Touro, the website is intended to help meet community needs while giving students the opportunity to give back. McDiarmid, who serves as president of Touro’s Osteopathic Medical Student Government Association and its Student Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is also overseeing the coordination of volunteer opportunities for Touro students helping with COVID-19 screenings of the homeless population at Cashman and now the ISO-Q facility in downtown Las Vegas.
“I am overwhelmed with pride and gratitude for go-getter students like Cassi, Parisun, and Ashlie who have turned this crisis into an opportunity to make a positive difference for our community,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost, Touro University Nevada. “The opportunity to have medical students help our community’s K-12 students with free online tutoring or assist other students preparing for the MCAT is simply amazing and unprecedented,” said Berkley. “We invite the community to check out the website to see if there is a volunteer service our students can help with. Our students are here for you.”
To request free services, complete the appropriate form on the website and a student volunteer will follow up.
ABOUT TOURO UNIVERSITY NEVADA
Touro University Nevada (Touro) is Nevada’s largest school of medicine, the state’s only school of osteopathic medicine, fully accredited, and a private, non-profit, Jewish-sponsored institution. Opened in 2004, Touro was established to help address critical needs in health care and education and as a resource for community service throughout the state. Touro is now home to nearly 1,500 students, in a wide variety of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, education, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and medical health sciences. The university’s Henderson campus includes a multi-specialty health center and a multi-disciplinary Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. For more information on Touro, visit www.tun.touro.edu or call 702-777-8687.