#SlateThrowback October 17, 1988: Gold Medal for Dr. Schure

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After the completion of only one week of Osteopathic Medical School, it was evident on one hundred fifty new faces that the hours would be long, the exams would be numerous, and the sun would keep rising in the morning even if the student’s couldn’t! Without a doubt, it would be frequently necessary to refer back to the sound advice of the experienced professionals who greeted the class of 1992 in August.

While it is true that all of the comments were encouraging, most especially memorable were the words of Dr. Mathew Shure Ph.D., President of New York Institute of Technology. Perhaps the impact was in part a result of good timing, but certainly he was effective due to his inclusion of the topic of medical students maintaining personal time in their lives.

Dr. Schure’s greeting took place on Thursday, September 15, 1988, during a half hour assembly. Since the class of 1992 was already experiencing anxiety and fatigue, the friendly address was gratefully received. Dr. Schure’s discussion of the history of NYCOM, and its struggle to maintain the humanistic approach to medicine as the most important aspect, was not only impressive, but served as an accurate reminder of why the students had chosen this upward climb as a lifestyle.

He also offered study tips, advice concerning stress management, and an open office door whenever any individual is in need of his assistance. Emphasis was placed on the need for classmates to depend on each other since a medical degree was not something to work towards solo, and since we would continue to call on one another throughout our careers.

In addition, and probably most helpful of all, were the comments on spending quality time with loved ones. It was obviously true that students realized the need to talk and be with the people they care about, yet the question of when was a pressing dilemma. Dr. Schure alleviated any guilt from taking a night off, affirming that family and friends are a necessary support network and need to be informed about our progress. Surely the satisfaction of touching base with loved ones could only make aspiring professionals healthier, happier, and more productive.

Although the orientation speeches have ceased, the class of 1992 is grateful for all welcomes and words of support, which will assist us in our goals to become competent and caring doctors of Osteopathic Medicine.

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