Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
TypePrivate, Non-Profit
Established2007
AffiliationJudaism
Budget$28.40 million[1]
DeanKenneth J. Steier, DO, FACOI, FCCP, MBA, MHA, MPH [2]
Academic staff
675 Full- and Part-time[3]
Students1080[4]
Location
New York (Harlem) & Middletown [5]
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United States
CampusMultiple types
Websitetourocom.touro.edu

The Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) is a private, non-profit, American osteopathic medical school with a main campus in the neighborhood of Central Harlem in New York City, New York and an additional campus located in Middletown, New York, 60 miles from New York City in the Hudson Valley. TouroCOM is a division of Touro College and University System.[6]

The college's inaugural class graduated in 2011.[7] It was the first medical school to open in New York State in nearly 30 years and is the first osteopathic medical school with a special emphasis on training minority doctors.[8] TouroCOM currently has a student body of about 1080 students.[9]

TouroCOM has a stated goal of particularly identifying and recruiting students willing to make a commitment to practice in underserved communities, such as Harlem and Middletown.[10] The neighborhood has been designated by the federal government as underserved by medical professionals.[11] Community service events such as free health counseling, screenings, and flu shots are offered to local residents by students and faculty several times a year.[12]

History[edit]

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine opened in 2007 in Harlem, New York. It was the first medical school to open in New York State in nearly 30 years and is the first osteopathic medical school with a special emphasis on training minority doctors.[8] The college's inaugural class graduated in 2011.[7] The Middletown campus graduated their first class in 2018.[13] TouroCOM is a division of Touro College.[6]

Academics[edit]

TouroCOM offers two degree-granting programs, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)[14] and a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (MS).[15]

The DO program curriculum follows the traditional division of medical education in the United States. The first two preclinical years include basic science courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology as well as courses to establish a foundation in osteopathic manipulative techniques.[16] The latter two years revolve around the clinical clerkships where students train in hospitals and facilities around the New York metropolitan area.[17] TouroCOM is the first medical school to administer all testing online. Lectures are pre-recorded and class time is dedicated to stimulating critical thinking approaches and solving challenges through "clicker sessions."[18]

The MS program offers a "Masters to DO" pathway which allows students to attend science courses alongside DO students. A provisional acceptance into the medical school is given at the end of the first year if certain requirements including GPA, MCAT score and other achievements are met.[19]

Campuses[edit]

The Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Harlem Campus is located at 230 West 125th Street, diagonally across from the historic Apollo Theater in Manhattan's Harlem neighborhood. The facility provides approximately 75,000 square feet (7,000 m2) devoted to medical education.[20] The school contains amphitheater-style lecture halls, classrooms, offices, support facilities, clinical skills training facilities, and laboratories. The virtual library includes more than 50,000 books and 1,000 journals, 26,000 electronic journals, virtual resources, more than 80 computer workstations, multimedia areas, and reading spaces.[20] The Campus is located two blocks east of the A,B, and D train and one block west of the 2 and 3 train.[21]

In August 2014, a larger campus that occupies 110,000 square feet of space in the Horton complex opened in Middletown, New York[22]. The inaugural class consisted of 135 students, and graduated in 2018.[23][13][24] The campus has since started a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (MS) program.[25]

In 2009, students from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine worked with DKMS Americas (along with assistance from the Harlem community and the Apollo Theater) to arrange a Bone Marrow Registration Drive that resulted in about 200 new bone marrow registrants.[26] The drive was inspired by the need to find a bone marrow donor match for Jasmina Anema, a six-year-old African American girl fighting leukemia, who died in 2010.[27][28]

Admissions[edit]

Applicants apply through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). For the Class of 2020, TouroCOM received 6574 applications for 292 first year positions between the Harlem and Middletown campuses.[9][29] No early decision program is offered.[30]

Students[edit]

TouroCOM currently has a student body of about 1080 students.[31] Over 200 underrepresented minority students have matriculated since the school's inception in 2007.[32] In 2015, the NAACP recognized the Harlem campus's efforts to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine through the MedAchieve afterschool mentoring program, the Mentoring in Medicine program that brings local high school students into TouroCOM's anatomy labs, and the Fund for Underrepresented minority students.[33]

Clinical Rotation Sites[edit]

Core rotation sites for third and fourth year medical students include:[34]

Residency Match[edit]

Upon completion of their medical education, students apply to residency or internship programs throughout the country through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP), AOA Match, Military Match, or other matching programs.[35]

Accreditation[edit]

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education[36] and received the status of initial award of accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. (COCA).[7][37]

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable Alumi[edit]

  • Tracy Sin-Yee Tam, DO[43]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fiscal Year 2013 Revenues and Expenditures by Osteopathic Medical College" (PDF). AACOM. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Kenneth J. Steier, DO, FACOI, FCCP, MBA, MHA, MPH (Executive Dean, TouroCOM; Dean, Middletown Campus)". TouroCOM. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine". US News and World Report. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  4. ^ "Demographics". TouroCOM. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Our Facilities". TouroCOM. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  6. ^ a b Berger, Joseph (July 29, 2014). "The D.O. Is in Now". The New York Times.
  7. ^ a b c "TouroCOM - Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine". Touro.edu. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  8. ^ a b "NEW MEDICAL SCHOOL TO OPEN IN HARLEM – FIRST IN NEW YORK STATE IN 30 YEARS - Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine". Touro.edu. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  9. ^ a b Medicine, Touro College of Osteopathic. "Demographics". tourocom.touro.edu. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  10. ^ "Mission Statement". Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  11. ^ "Mission Statement Touro College Brings Medicine to Harlem". NY Sun.
  12. ^ "Community Programs". Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  13. ^ a b "Inaugural Class of TouroCOM Middletown Celebrates First Commencement". tourocom.touro.edu. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  14. ^ "D.O. Applicants". Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  15. ^ "M.S. Applicants". Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  16. ^ "Courses". Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  17. ^ "Rotations". Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  18. ^ "Innovations in Medical Education". Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  19. ^ "The Harlem Times Honors Nadege Dady, TouroCOM's First Female Dean for Woman's History Month | The Harlem Times". theharlemtimes.com. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  20. ^ a b "TOUROCOM :: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine". Touro.edu. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  21. ^ Medicine, Touro College of Osteopathic. "Our Facilities". tourocom.touro.edu. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  22. ^ Bayne, Richard J. "Touro gets Regents' OK to open Middletown medical campus". recordonline.com. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  23. ^ "Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine celebrates opening of new Middletown campus", Daily Freeman, September 1, 2014
  24. ^ "Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Announces Lease Space Available Adjacent to New Touro Medical College", Rand Realty, September 11, 2014
  25. ^ "TouroCOM MS Program". TouroCOM.
  26. ^  . "Greenwich Village Girl Prepares For Bone Marrow Transplant". NY1.com. Retrieved 2012-06-20.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  27. ^ Schapiro, Rich (2010-01-28). "Jasmina Anema, brave six-year-old who captured New Yorkers' hearts, loses battle with leukemia - New York Daily News". Articles.nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
  28. ^ Weiner, David (2010-01-28). "Jasmina Anema, Cancer Victim Who Met Obama, Dies". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
  29. ^ "Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine–New York (TouroCOM-NY)" (PDF).
  30. ^ "TouroCOM-NY". www.aacom.org. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  31. ^ "Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine–New York" (PDF). American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  32. ^ Medicine, Touro College of Osteopathic. "Underrepresented Communities". tourocom.touro.edu. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  33. ^ "Diversity in medicine: Medical school receives NAACP award". The DO. 2015-09-21. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  34. ^ "TouroCOM Rotation Site Map". tourocom.touro.edu. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  35. ^ "TouroCOM Match Outcomes". TouroCOM. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  36. ^ "Middle States Commission on Higher Education". Msche.org. 2010-09-21. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  37. ^ "Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine" (PDF). Commission on Osteopathic Colleges Accreditation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  38. ^ Medicine, Touro College of Osteopathic. "Conrad Fischer". tourocom.touro.edu. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  39. ^ "Amazon.com: Conrad Fischer: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  40. ^ "Paterson to Teach Medical School". New York Times. 2013-02-21. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  41. ^ Michael J. Feeney (2013-03-04). "Former Gov. David Paterson returns to 125th St. in Harlem for a new job: Touro College professor". New York Daily News. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  42. ^ Medicine, Touro College of Osteopathic. "Jeffrey R. Gardere". tourocom.touro.edu. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  43. ^ Rojas, Rick (2017-07-02). "Doctor's Killing at Bronx Hospital Called a 'Monumental Loss'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-24.

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