Two students and one faculty member are the winners of NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine's tenth segment of the Through the Lens initiative focused on the theme "learning through observing." Winners were announced at an event on Feb. 26 at the Old Westbury campus.
First place went to Monica Mureb, a first-year osteopathic medical student, for "Las Salinas de Maras" (see photo above). She writes: "I spent three weeks in Peru this past summer volunteering with International Volunteer HQ in Cusco. While I was there, I spent most of my time listening and observing the culture ... how they live, what they believe in, how they survive."
Victoria Deering, a second-year osteopathic medical student, won second place for "The Watering Hole," a photo of zebras she took while on safari in Tanzania, Africa. She writes: "We were observing the animals and I caught this wonderful moment on camera ... I am constantly observing my surroundings because you never know what you might see and learn.
Third place went to Sandeep Gandhi, M.D., a clinical assistant professor, for his photo "Who Are You?" He snapped the photo while visiting the Galapagos Islands. Gandhi writes: "A mockingbird stopped from his food-gathering chore to observe me and learn."
Through the Lens is an initiative that encourages students and faculty and staff members to hone their creative skills by exploring themes that represent NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine's vision to advance, transform, illuminate, and inspire tomorrow's physicians. NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., noted the initiative in his Washington Post op-ed as an example of how our medical students learn to think creatively and build sensitivity from different perspectives.