Jonathan Giordano Massapequa Park, N.Y. Class Of: 2014
Campus: Old Westbury Major: D.O./M.S., Neuromusculoskeletal Science and Certificate in Global Health
Academic medicine scholar Jonathan Giordano has won a first-place award in the outreach category of the BIOMEA/SOMA Abstract Competition for "Malaria Education of School Aged Children in Kwahu-Eastern Region, Ghana; Anansi Tricks Mrs. Mosquito," the result of a program conducted with the NYIT Center for Global Health.
NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine has given me every opportunity to be a successful medical student and has laid the foundation for a successful career in medicine. I chose to be a part of the problem-based learning curriculum, which has taught me how to be an independent student, how to discuss difficult topics with my peers, and how to critically read and organize difficult material.
In addition, the Academic Medicine Scholars Program is a great opportunity to develop my research skills, learn more about teaching methods, and participate in the NYIT Center for Global Health. Overall, I could not be happier about my choice to study here. All of these factors really help to differentiate NYCOM from other medical schools.
Going through the NYIT Center for Global Health's certificate program and participating in its fieldwork trips to Ghana and El Salvador has opened my eyes to what exists outside of our country. I think we can sometimes end up in a bubble and forget that life in other places may be different. Seeing differences in cultures, lifestyles, and the way health care is delivered in these countries are experiences I will never forget.
In my career, I will look for ways to incorporate global health into the rest of my training and use these experiences to better understand patients who may have vastly different backgrounds from me.
As an academic medicine scholar, my research focuses on the nutritional status of school-aged children in rural Ghana. While in Ghana with doctors and students from the NYIT Center for Global Health, more than 400 students were interviewed at local schools, and we conducted a 24-hour diet recall to determine what is eaten on a day-to-day basis, as well as height, weight and arm circumference measurements. Based on this data, we are currently examining what each child consumes in both macro- and micro-nutrients and comparing their physical development to World Health Organization standards. In addition to looking for trends in this group as a whole, we have a particular interest in comparing results between communities that have a government sponsored school lunch program (an incentive for the child to attend school) and those communities without this type of program.
In Ghana, we also performed an educational outreach play to help teach children about malaria. The performance was capped off with a Q&A session for children and the distribution of bed nets.
My time spent with the NYIT Center for Global Health. I came into medical school with limited exposure to global health. My fieldwork in Ghana and El Salvador has provided truly life-changing experiences. Hearing the locals say "thank you" in the clinics is the greatest feeling.
I have an interest in contemporary art.
BaseballI'm a huge Yankees fan. I enjoy going to games, running, gallery/museum-hopping, playing sports (soccer and softball), and skiingalthough I'm not very good at it.