Milestones at Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine
In April of 1995, the Bureau of Private Post-Secondary Vocational Education (BPPVE) authorized Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUCOM) to confer the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.
After obtaining both pre-accreditation and provisional accreditation from the Bureau of Professional Education of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), TUCOM was authorized to open its doors to students during the 1997-1998 academic year.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) acted to include TUCOM within the scope of Touro College’s accreditation in November, 1997.
In 2008, the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the AOA awarded a 7-year accreditation status to TUCOM, with the next onsite evaluation held in spring, 2015.
In 2015, the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the AOA awarded a 7-year accreditation status to TUCOM, with the next onsite evaluation scheduled in spring, 2022.
TUCOM Key Accomplishments and Milestones as of March 2015 AOA-COCA Accreditation
• For 6 consecutive years (since 2010) TUCOM-CA has been ranked in top 10-15 nationally for our graduates matching in primary care residencies by U.S. News and World Report. In 2012 TUCOM-CA was awarded the HERO Award from the California Primary Care Association for being the institution that produces the most primary care clinicians in California.
• The National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data (NCAHD) found 48% alumni (650/1363) practice in CA [63% in Primary Care (#1 in state), 7% in rural care (#1 in state) and 27% in underserved areas (#1 in state)]. Metrics indicating the increasing quality/characteristics of entering students
• The Class of 2018 had the largest percent ever of students from California (82%) and the highest mean MCAT (30.4).
• Student SAAO chapter was one of four nationally to receive the Presidential Accolade Award acknowledging the club’s combined impact and promotion of OMM.
• In 2014 TUCOM students rotating in Tanzania and Ethiopia became certified trainers in the Helping Babies
Breath program. A total of 120 nurses were trained in Tanzania and 40 nurses and midwives trained in Ethiopia.
• TUCOM has increased its community footprint with the continuing development of the affiliation and partnership with the Solano County Family Health Services Clinic serving over 30,000 local citizens at 3 Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers (FQHC) representing those most in need of heath care services in the county.
• TUCOM continues to expand its community involvement with a Student Run Free Clinic which last year had 420 patient visits, 530 preceptor hours, 1300 volunteer hours a 6 community events serving more than 300 clients.
• The People’s Garden project which grows healthy foods for those most in need within Solano County was enhanced this year with a Mobile Garden Bus which further broadens its community impact.
• The merger with OPTI-West in 2013 combined TUCOM’s OPTI with Western University and Pacific Northwest University increasing the residency programs to 67 with 832 trainees. The merger provides a far greater depth of expertise and 7 raises our ability to remain competitive and continue to grow our GME given the emergence of a single GME accreditation system.
• On November 7, 2014 we celebrated the 10th year anniversary of the Global Health Program which includes six international sites (Tanzania, Ethiopia, Taiwan, Bolivia, Israel, Mexico). Since the inception of the Global Program in 2004:
- 274 students rotated in experiential learning through summer externships
- 175 students completed a summer Public Health field study practicum in lower and middle income countries
- 168 students had global clinical rotation
- 56 published abstracts by Global health Program by COM students and/or faculty
- 10 national and regional awards to COM Global Health Program
- Three 1st & six 2nd place awards in research and outreach and one award in innovative research
- Three American Osteopathic Foundation Rossnick Humanitarian Grants
- In 2014 students in Tanzania and Ethiopia became certified trainers in the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB)program. A total of 114 nurses were trained in the district hospital in Tanzania and 40 nurses and midwives trained in Ethiopia. The HBB training is an evidence-based educational program to teach neonatal resuscitation techniques in resource-limited areas. It is an initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), US Agency for International Development (USAID), Saving Newborn Lives, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, and a number of other global health organizations. To the best of TUCOM’s knowledge, it is the first medical school (DO or MD) to train the students so they can train the health workers in their summer community.
- In 2014-15, 91 COM students (17%) were in the dual DO/MPH program with another 12 in Global Health Pathway certificate.
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