Touro University California
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Early Clinical Experiences
Introduction and ECE Objectives
Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUCOM) has a unique integrative curriculum that allows for students to acquire a sound foundation in the basic sciences while understanding how that foundation relates to patient care. The first two years at TUCOM, known as the preclinical years, are spent on the Vallejo campus primarily learning through lecture, laboratories, small-group discussions, and simulated patient scenarios. The workload during these preclinical years is intense, and without early clinical exposure it may be difficult for the learners to see how their current coursework relates to their long-term careers.
Early Clinical Experiences (ECE) are structured opportunities during the preclinical years for osteopathic medical students to gain exposure to clinical medicine. These formalized activities are completed for credit as an important component of the first and second year Osteopathic Doctoring courses. TUCOM currently offers a variety of opportunities for ECE, each of which has common objectives:
- To increase patient contact time during the preclinical years, thereby enhancing empathy towards the patient experience and increased awareness of doctor-patient relationships
- To increase curiosity, interest, and humanism of the disease processes that are observed and discussed, thereby motivating learners and making the material easier to remember
- Provide authentic examples of how basic science relates to the clinical aspects of medicine
Currently, the Early Clinical Experiences program at TUCOM consists of spending at least one hour at a designated ECE site once per semester during the preclinical years (4 times total during the first 2 years of medical school.) One of the students’ ECEs each academic year must be at an osteopathically-focused site (SRFC, SAAO Lunchtime Clinic, Suitcase Clinics, Health Fair providing OMT, etc).
TUCOM Early Clinical Experiences Quick Facts
How many ECEs are required?
- ≥ 1 hour at a designated ECE site once per semester
Does it matter where I do them?
- It must be a designated ECE site (you can set up your own, but Dr. Hendriksz has to help credential your preceptor 4-6 weeks before your scheduled ECE)
- ≥ 1 of your ECEs each academic year need to involve performing or observing OMT
What are the prerequisites?
- BLS certification
- OSHA certification (component of the Medical Jurisprudence course in OD1)
- HIPAA training (component of the Medical Jurisprudence course in OD1)
- Required immunizations/titer levels (as required by TUC Student Health)
- Up-to-date physical exam (as required by TUC Student Health)
How do I get credit?
Quick Links to Geriatric Health Check
- Screening for functional deficits in older adults
- No more annual pap tests
- Checklist of Activities of Daily Living (ADL)
- Procedure: Monofilament Testing for Loss of Protective Sensation of Diabetic/Neuropathic Feet for Adults & Children
- Geriatric Pearls
- 2015 Recommended Immunizations for Adults: By Age
- Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer
TUCOM ECE Contact Information
Mr. Christopher Kent,
Assistant Dean of Clinical Integration:
Dr. Tami Hendriksz,
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