Diversity at Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine

Diversity Statement

In order to aspire to and attain the vision of Touro University California (TUC) for “inspirational teaching and scholarship, transformative leadership and exemplary service” we must embrace and dedicate ourselves to the acceptance and appreciation of diversity.  Likewise, we believe that the only way we can achieve the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine’s vision “to prepare outstanding osteopathic physicians for the future needs of their patients and communities” is to create a culture and environment that is fully inclusive representing a diverse group of students, staff, faculty and leaders.  To establish meaningful solutions, encourage important innovation, and thoroughly address the needs of a broadly diverse society, we must ensure that we are fostering inclusion, educating about disparity and social determinants of health, understanding of multi-cultural issues, and examining solutions that include the full spectrum of perspectives, experiences and opinions.

Our approach to achieve our vision with respect to diversity is twofold.

  • First, in developing our programs we actively seek those from all walks of life who are the best and brightest while embracing our values of social justice, intellectual pursuit, and service to humanity.                                  
  • Second, our educational focus is to prepare students for the practice of medicine not only for today, but also for decades to come.  To accomplish this requires an understanding of the importance of diversity that extends beyond race, gender, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status but also encompasses other qualities that embody all that we as a global society represent.                 
  • Specifically, we have developed robust programs in primary and preventative care, global health, public health, and inter-professionalism all based on a hands-on osteopathic approach that emphasizes empathy, mindfulness, and the need to effectively communicate with all individuals.  Utilizing this approach we hope to close the loop from recruitment to practice, such that we will attract a diverse group of professionals who want to learn how to DO what we DO to benefit and aid our diverse constituency.  This is what we call the D.O. difference in diversity.

COM 2017 Diversity Scholarship Recipients

We are pleased to announce our first ever COM Diversity Scholarship recipients for the 2017-2018 school year.

COM Diversity Selection Committee was comprised of seven faculty volunteers whose intention was to have one recipient, but since there were so many great applicants there was a three-way tie!  These young women are passionate students, dedicated to their community and driven to make the world a better place. These three recipients fully embody TUCOM’s vision and they are:

Hong Le, OMS III  $3,333 Scholarship

Vivian Partida, OMS III  $3,333 Scholarship

Evelyn Martinez-Salazar OMS III  $3,333 Scholarship

By having this first Diversity Scholarship process completed, we reaffirm TUCOM’s  vision “to prepare outstanding osteopathic physicians for the future needs of their patients and communities” to create a culture and environment that is fully inclusive representing a diverse group of students, staff, faculty and leaders.

The scholarship recipients were presented at the Mosaic Diversity Scholarship Fundraiser held on March 5th. Click here for more information about the event.

 “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community...Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”
Cesar Chavez