Campus: Old Westbury Major: D.O./M.S. in neuromuscular sciences
Choosing NYIT to study medicine was a natural fit for academic medicine scholar Farzan Gorgani, who has always been intrigued by science.
"I am really social and love interacting with people, and my upbringing has always taught me to help those in need in any way I can," Gorgani says. "NYIT was a great choice because of its location 20 minutes from my home, diversity of the student body, and opportunities offered while in school and once you graduate."
Gorgani is the student government president for the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been a member of the group since his first year on campus. He also has served as vice president of the Muslim Student Association.
"I got involved to share my leadership qualities by making student voices heard to the faculty, so we can improve the school together and progress it into the future," he says.
As an academic medicine scholar, Gorgani will devote an extra year doing research alongside Professor Martin Gerdes, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences. The pair will study the effect of thyroid hormone on diabetes and heart cells.
In the meantime, he's gaining on-the-job experience in clinical rotations at hospitals, a requirement of all third- and fourth-year medical students. Gorgani can attest to the solid training he's gained at NYIT, whether it be learning new skills in anatomy and osteopathic manipulative medical labs or attending interactive lectures.
"Thorough preparation makes our education come alive and become relevant for what we will encounter in the real world," he says.
Gorgani finds the most useful piece of technology offered at NYIT is the ability to stream recorded lectures and labs on his computer. He often replays parts of lectures to pick up details he may have missed the first time, or to refresh on a topic for an exam.
Everything Gorgani learns now, he plans to use in a future career as a cardiologist.
"This is an amazing field that saves thousands of lives every day," he says. "With heart disease being one of the biggest killers in our country, this is where I believe I could help the most people. The road is long, but well worth it."