College of Osteopathic Medicine
Message from the Dean:
Welcome to the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California (TUCOM). Established in San Francisco in 1997, as the eighteenth college of osteopathic medicine, the college was relocated in 1999 to our current 44 acre campus on historic Mare Island, located in the city of Vallejo. As an alumnus of our amazing college, it is my honor to serve as Dean and my pleasure to introduce you to our school, our campus and our community.
At the heart of our school is our tremendous student body. Our students are a diverse group of highly motivated individuals dedicated to becoming leaders in healthcare for the new millennium. The dedication of our students is matched by the TUCOM faculty whose commitment to the success of each student is driven by a passion to educate “the physician of the future, today.”
On average 55% of TUCOM graduates choose careers in primary care, but almost as many opt for a career in specialty medicine. Therefore, while a focus on primary care distinguishes our institution, we are not defined by it. Our unique curriculum integrates all that is best within the tenets of osteopathic medicine. Each graduate is endowed with the attributes found in only the best of physicians, and each one is prepared to pursue their choice of careers in medicine.
Our campus extends to multiple clinical sites providing care, consultation, comfort and preventative services in our community. Our affiliation with the Solano County Department of Health and Social Services significantly augments our commitment to teach, to heal and to serve significantly more individuals within our community, emphasizing treatment for those who are at the greatest need for health services.
TUCOM also offers a full array of educational opportunities from research to public health, including a Master of Science in Medical Health Sciences. In the realm of public health we offer both a local and international perspective with clinical experiences at sites around the globe including Taiwan, Bolivia, Israel and two sites in Africa (Tanzania and Ethiopia.) As a result of our public health options our students have been acknowledged and awarded for their community services as well as their international research.
TUCOM is part of Touro University California, which also consists of the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Education and Health Sciences - which offers a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, a Master of Public Health and a Master program in Education as well as certificates and other training programs. As a University, we are exploring educational, clinical, service, and research opportunities that utilize our strengths as an inter-professional campus. Our goal is to prepare all of our students to meet the health care and education demands that will emerge in the forthcoming decades by providing simulated and real-life experiences that require inter-professional collaboration and problem solving.
We look forward to answering your questions about our campus and programs. Please take this opportunity to explore our website and learn more about our exciting efforts in education, research, clinical care, community service, and international health care.
Tami Hendriksz, DO, FACOP, FAAP
Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine
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