Touro University School of Health Sciences 2022 Maimonides Prize Winners
This week, six students representing four health science programs within Touro University’s School of Health Sciences received distinguished Maimonides Awards at the school’s annual commencement ceremony. Held at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Brookville, New York on September 13ethese outstanding students have been highlighted for demonstrating the highest professional ideals of a health science practitioner.
“Receiving a Maimonides Award is a significant honor, especially considering that Touro University School of Health Sciences has some of the best and brightest students. To be able to stand out among such a collection of talents is quite an achievement. This recognition is particularly poignant as these stellar students have faced unprecedented challenges brought on by the Covid pandemic, but they have risen to the occasion and still achieved great success throughout their educational journey. We are very proud of our awardees and look forward to seeing the positive contributions they will make to the field of health sciences, to their patients and to society in the near future,” said Steven Lorenzet, Dean of the School. health sciences.
Yitty Blau from Brooklyn recently graduated from the nursing program and has just completed several interviews seeking her first nursing job, where she hopes to gain more hands-on experience with a diverse set of patients. Her dream career is to become an advanced practice provider who performs medical activities typically performed by a physician.
“My husband died of brain cancer when I was only 30 years old. In the years leading up to her death, I was her primary caregiver and, especially at the end of her life, I learned firsthand what the vital responsibilities of a nurse entailed, including being a patient advocate, an empathic caregiver and their skilled provider. Because of this life-changing experience and while caring for my three young children, I realized that I was truly passionate about pursuing my nursing education to help others in need,” Blau said.
The other winners are: Nicole Frendo and Bat-El Aronov from the occupational therapy program, Maya Nisani and Talia Schiff from the physiotherapy program and Tamar Blinder from the speech therapy program.