Preclinical Electives

This listing is updated as of 2016, but elective course offerings may vary year to year based on faculty availability, student interest, and other factors. Elective courses earn one unit of credit unless noted otherwise. Grading is on a pass/fail basis, unless otherwise noted. 

Please contact the course director for more information and registration procedure. 


Advanced Anatomy 1 (Fall)          BSCC 659, CRN 12347          1.0 units

Advanced Anatomy 2 (Spring)     BSCI 660          1.0 units

Course Coordinator: Bruce Silverman B.S.
Course Description: This elective is open to a limited number of participants who will perform directed prosections yielding specimens that will be utilized in anatomy labs by first year students. This is an excellent opportunity for focused study of human anatomy and potential development of research projects. Enrollment in Advanced Anatomy I is not a prerequisite for enrollment in Advanced Anatomy 2 and the topic areas are distinct.


Anatomical Application in Yoga  (Fall & Spring)          OMM 651          1.0 units



Course Co-Coordinators: Joel Talsma, Stacey Pierce-Talsma D.O.

Course Description: This course will engage students in exploration of basic yoga practices including pranayama (breathing), asana (postures) and meditation, and discussion of their clinical application and correlation to osteopathic principles and practices, including Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.  Anatomy and physiology principles will be explored during each session and connected to the use of breathing, posture and proper alignment.  Students will also be introduced to the concept of mindfulness and mindfulness practices for the benefit of themselves and their future patients.


Art of Observation          BSCI 655          1.0 units

Course Coordinator: Tamira Elul Ph.D.

Course Description: This elective involves focused observation of people in fine art paintings and discussions of your observations.  The objectives are to enhance medical students’ visual diagnostic, and critical thinking skills based on observation, as well as their emotional engagement, and interpretive abilities regarding their patients.  The Art of Observation elective comprises seven sessions, each 1-1.5 hours.  Four of the sessions will be held on campus and three off campus at local museums. 


Children's Oral Health for Primary Care Providers          OPCC 664         1.0 unit

Course Coordinator: Gail Feinberg, DO, MEd
Course Description: This interdisciplinary course is intended to prepare primary care providers in medicine, nursing and physician assistants for oral health care in infants in children, and to promote and enhance the collaborative and interprofessional effort by healthcare providers in delivering effective preventive and/or primary oral health care for children.  Clinical experience and case simulation sessions will be conducted in an integrated learning environment.


Diabetes and Translational Science A, B     OPCC 667A, OPCC 667B  1.0 unit

Diabetes and Translational Science

Course Co-Coordinators: Joy Dugan, PA-C, MPH, Kim Pfotenhauer, DO, Jay Shubrook, DO, Clipper Young, PharmD, MPH

Course Description

Course A. This online course is the first in a two-part series. The course utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to explore the causes of diabetes mellitus to include underlying genetics and pathophysiology and clinically relevant topics. The structure of this course consists of a series of online lectures that highlight faculty members who do extensive work in the field of diabetes across the Touro University California’s academic system. As the first course in this series, students will explore the biological and pharmaceutical sciences pertaining to diabetes. Landmark clinical trials will be discussed to understand guidelines for diabetes diagnosis and management.

Course B. This online elective course is the second (usually offered in Spring semester) in a two-part diabetes didactic course series. This course utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to explore clinical and social sciences pertaining to diabetes, understanding the theme “from bedside to community.” The structure of this course consists of a series of modules created by faculty members who do extensive work in the field of diabetes across Touro University California academic system.


Global Health: Fundamentals of Global Health (Fall)  BSCI 668   3.0 units

Global Health Elective

Course Co-Coordinators: Eiman Mahmoud MD, Athena Lin PhD, H. Eduardo Velasco MD PhD

Course Description: The primary goal of the course is to prepare the student to work with underserved communities locally and globally. The course will present an overview of issues in global health from the viewpoint of many different disciplines. The course will introduce students to the principles and practice of global health. Using six leading global health topics as examples, students will be introduced to basic concepts of global health, with a focus on closing the gap between global health science and practice at home and abroad. 


Global Health: Health and Disease in the Developing World (Spring)  BSCI 669    1.0 units


Global Health Elective

Course Co-Coordinators: Eiman Mahmoud MD, MPH, Athena Lin PhD

Course Description: These courses serve the mission of Touro University to prepare students to deliver primary care to the underserved, to teach, to learn and to serve. The success of health care intervention programs rely heavily on understanding the social and cultural undertones of the communities served. We often observe a gap in primary care provision despite physician competence or willingness of the target community to adopt changes and adapt to challenges. Through experts who visited the region, study case presentation and group discussion, we hope to learn and prepare ourselves to understand and serve better some of the most underserved communities of the Developing World. This course will present an overview of global health issues from the viewpoint of many different disciplines.


Global Health: Summer Internship          BSCI 670          3.0 units

Course Coordinator: Eiman Mahmoud MD, MPH, Site coordinator varies per site

Course Description

The mission of the Global Health Program at Touro University is to promote the interest of our medical and health care students on global health through education, research and community service. The summer program has been set up to provide the TUCOM students interested in Global Health an opportunity to understand the interaction between health and social, cultural and environmental issues and to  Integrate global public health theory, knowledge and skills in a practical setting with opportunities for clinical learning, research and service. Available sites currently include Mexico, Bolivia, Tanzania and Ethiopia. The Spring Global Health elective is a prerequisite for participation in the Summer Internship; Helping Babies Breathe is additionally required for attendance at the Africa sites. 


Healthcare Policy          BSCC 664, CRN 18930          1.0 units


Course Co-Coordinators: Peter Bretan MD, TBD

Course Description: This interprofessional elective includes a series of didactic sessions, debates and speaker presentations focused on the topic of healthcare policy.  Speakers are physicians and politicians  involved with healthcare policy from our community, government, and professional organizations including the California Medical Association (CMA), American Medical Association (AMA), Marin and Solano County Medical Societies and the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California (OPSC). 


Helping Babies Breathe:

Newborn Stabilization in the Developing World          OPCC 660          1.0 units


Course Co-Coordinators: Eiman Mahmoud MD MPH, Alissa Farrell, DO

Course Description: HBB is an evidence-based educational program to teach neonatal resuscitation techniques in resource-limited areas. This course will provide learners with the ability to teach the HBB program during the Global Health summer internship to local individuals who will be providing these services.  This course is available to all students enrolled in Global Health Elective, and mandatory for students participating in the Global Health Summer Internship at the Africa sites.


Integrative Medicine: Clinical Cases          OMMC 650, CRN 18980          1.0 units

Integrative Medicine Elective

Course Coordinator: Victor Nuno D.O.

Course Description: This course is designed to provide an introduction to integrative medicine. The course is comprised of six sessions at which times we will cover various topics including 1. Assessment and treatment of adrenal gland dysregulation; 2. Functional assessment of the thyroid gland; 3. Saliva hormone testing; 4. Micronutritent assessment and replenishment; 5. Assessment and clinical considerations of genetic single nucleotide polymorphisms; 6. Basics of supplement replacement; 7. Clinical homeopathy.


Medical Ethics          OPCC 610          1.0 units

Course Coordinator: TBD

Course Description: This is a course in Jewish Medical Ethics & Israel Experience Program offered by the New England Institute of Jewish Studies. Attended by over 50 medical schools throughout the US over the past 15 years, this program is based in Jerusalem, Israel and offers US medical students the opportunity to learn about Jewish medical ethics, contemporary Jewish thought and tour Israel. The program is sponsored by the New England Institute of Jewish Studies (NEIJS), Boston in coordination with the Schlesinger Institute of Medical Ethics and Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem. The Jewish Medical Ethics & Israel Experience Program does not require a strong Jewish background or Hebrew skills. The medical ethics curriculum incorporates the case-study method and hospital rounds. The program includes tours and hikes throughout Israel. For further information:


Medical Nutrition: Foundations          OPCC 651A          1.0 units

Course Coordinators: Grace Jones, PhD

Course Description: A deep understanding of nutrition is critical to the holistic health care professional. This course is a 25-hour, 1 unit elective that focuses on advanced nutrition education, specifically addressing the role of nutrition in maintaining health and ameliorating disease. The bulk of the curriculum consists of online modules designed for medical students. The curriculum is called “Nutrition In Medicine” and was developed at the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill. It offers an evidence-based foundation in nutrition and is currently utilized at 129 medical schools around the world. This academic content is complemented by an experiential component of the student’s choosing.  This course will ideally be the first of a 2 part series of Nutrition electives: Foundations in the Fall; Clinical Nutrition in the Spring. This course is open to students of osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, public health, and physician assistant in the colleges of COM, COP and CE&HS.


Medical Nutrition: Student Led Seminars          PRCR 651B          1.0 units

Course Coordinator: TBD

Course Description: This seminar-style course is designed to provide interested students an opportunity for in depth exploration of the role of nutrition and in health and disease. The course will take place during the Spring semester, and application is open to students from COM, COP and CE&HS. The course content will be delivered by participating students, peer teaching on Nutrition-related topics of their own choosing, based on research projects that they develop individually or in teams, in conjunction with a course advisor, addressing aspects of nutrition that are significant determinants in public health, often encountered in clinical practice and the popular media discourse on nutrition, as well as issues that are personally relevant for participating students. A profound understanding of nutrition is critical to the holistic health care professional. This course will emphasize the role of nutrition in maintaining health and ameliorating disease.


Medical Spanish          OPCC 650, CRN 12368          1.0 units

Course Coordinator: Teresita Menini MD, MS

Course Description: This year-long, beginner's course will help students conduct a medical encounter and elicit an H&P from their Spanish-speaking patients, provide basic medical instructions, and answer the patient’s more common questions. These objectives will be achieved through study of Spanish medical terminology; use of colloquial words and phrases; review of Spanish grammar; practice conducting H&Ps in small groups.


Narrative Medicine          OPCC 663, CRN 18926          1.0 units