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 June 2018

  • For the ninth consecutive year TUCOM-CA has been ranked in top 15 nationally for our graduates matching in Primary Care Residencies by U.S. News and World Report.
    • In August 2017, the Journal of American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) publishing four articles highlighting the GROUPIE program at TUCOM.
    • Metrics indicating the increasing quality/characteristics of entering students:
    • Student American Academy of Osteopathy Chapter was one of four nationally to receive the Presidential Accolade Award acknowledging the club’s combined impact and promotion of OMM.
    • In 2017 two new affiliated programs to DPP were instituted:
  • In 2017 – 2018 TUCOM earned three national recognitions for innovative curriculum.  In 2017 Dr. Jennifer Weiss received the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Marguerite Ellison Prize for Innovations in Clinical Education for her design of the Year 3 Clinical Distinction program.  In 2018 she and colleagues were awarded the Stephen Abrahamson Award for Outstanding Innovations at the Innovations in Medical Education Conference.  Also in 2018, Dr. Tami Hendriksz received the AACOM Innovation in the Development of Enduring Educational Materials Award for her design of the Patient Perspectives curriculum. 
  • The TUCOM classes of 2018 and 2019 achieved new heights on national board exams.  Passing rates for each class on COMLEX Level 1 were among the highest in the country at 98% and 99%, respectively.  The Class of 2019 pass rate on USMLE Step 1 was > 99% and exceeded the national pass rate of allopathic medical schools.
  • The National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data (NCAHD) has reported that in 2015-2017 about 54-57% of TUCOM DO graduates practice in primary care, 22% practice in underserved communities and 7% in rural communities in California.  Percentage-wise, TUCOM is the number one medical school in the state for preparing primary care physicians serving disadvantaged and rural populations in California.
  • In 2017 the COM was awarded the AOA Strategic Team Award and Recognition (STAR) for its contributions with the TUCOM GROUPIE program.   The GROUPIE program investigates pre-specified outcomes of our graduates to demonstrate distinctive and distinguishing characteristics in seven areas; Global Health, research related to Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and obesity, hand-held ultrasound, Public Health, interprofessionalism and empathy.
    • 79% of the admitted TUCOM Class of 2020 was from California and had the highest mean MCAT to date at 30.9.
    • In 2017 the dual degree DO/MPH program remains the largest in the profession with 62 students or 12% of the total COM student body.  In addition a Global Health Pathway Certificate program graduated its first two students in 2106 and currently averages 15 students per class.
    • Mobile Diabetes Education Center (MOBEC) was funded by a gift from Sutter Health System and additional support offered from Solano County Public Health. Since opening MOBEC has served more than 300 people—including free diabetes screenings (finger stick glucose and A1c), free diabetes education, Dia-BEAT-it exercise classes, and recruiting and offering the Diabetes Prevention Program  (DPP) and the Diabetes Education and Empowerment Program (DEEP).
    • DEEP is a new program supported by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, it begun in the underserved communities of Solano County. We currently have ten certified coaches. The Student Run Free Clinic is the site of the first DEEP program. There are currently nine participants in the first cohort.
  • Since 2014 TUCOM students rotating in Tanzania and Ethiopia were trained as certified trainers in the Helping Babies Breath program, training a total of 168 nurses and 184 health extension workers in Tanzania and Ethiopia. To our knowledge, we are the first medical school (DO or MD) to train students so they can train health workers in these skills during their summer internship.
  • In 2016 the Touro Metabolic Research Center was opened which has enhanced our research efforts in obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders allowing greater collaboration with colleagues throughout the Bay area.
  • Since 2015 our DPP Program has trained our students to become CDC Lifestyle Coaches over the course of a year.  To date 348 coaches have been trained and six have achieved Master trainer status.
  • 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 three Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers 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 and six community events serving more than 300 clients.
  • The People’s Garden Project which grows healthy foods for Solano Country's most in need residents 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 raises our ability to remain competitive and continue to grow our GME given the emergence of a single GME accreditation system.
  • 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.


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