Dear Class of 2022 Student Doctors,

Welcome to Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUCOM). We are excited to have you here and look forward to working with and for you! Academic excellence, scientific rigor, personal and professional growth are the goals for each of us this year.

All new students are required to attend the August 6th, 2018 University Wide Orientation, with check-in beginning at 7:00 am at Lander Hall.

COM Orientation begins with early check-in on Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 at 7:00am in the Lander Hall Lobby and will finish by 5:00pm. The second day of Orientation Thursday, August 2nd, begins at 8:30am and will finish by 5:00pm. The third day of Orientation Friday August 3rd, 2018 will begin at 8:00am and will finish at 3:00pm.

Breakfast and lunch are provided during COM Orientation.


Matriculation Readiness Checklist:

Please see below for a simple checklist (pdf version here) that can be utilized to prepare yourself for the new school year:


Wellness, Academic Accomplishment, Resilience and Mindfulness (WARM):

WARM is a multi-faceted program which aims to create the wholesome physician of tomorrow; one whose self-care is the source of compassion and quality care for patients and develops resilience to become a lifelong learner. The program was created in 2016 by TUCOM Students and Faculty with the objective of developing these areas as part of professional identity, including coping strategies to lower the risk of burnout among medical students and future practitioners. WARM has six 2-hour scheduled events for this upcoming semester. You may review WARM here.

Mental Health:

One of the main objectives of your Osteopathic Medical Education program is to develop the values and skills needed for you to pursue your optimal physical, spiritual and mental health. We should all strive to make your medical program the best time of your life! However, medical education can be stressful and we should be ready to seek help as needed. Please review the Distressed Student Response Protocol here.


https://www.facebook.com/groups/2066974850254872/is a Facebook page that the 2020's have created especially for you! There you can ask them for advice and organize with your classmates. Even if you don't use Facebook this page is helpful as it has announcements and information from your classmates.


Getting Ready for Classes:

Please be aware that your school day is typically very full. Your time in classes will generally last from 8:00 am-5:00pm Monday-Thursday and from 8:00 am -3:00 pm on Fridays with a 12:00 pm-1:00 pm lunch break every day.

Classes and/or labs meet every day. You will usually have at least one and often two or three labs each week.  Please note that your schedule may vary significantly due to campus events, federal or Jewish holidays, or any number of other variables. It is critical to remember to check your online schedule daily. Here are the preclinical course schedules.

Prior to arriving, it is recommended that students review basic biological concepts.  We recommend using Molecular Biology of the Cell. Basic Biological Pathways, DNA, RNA transcription, translation, and protein synthesis, etc. are topics that will be reviewed at a fast pace so it is useful for you to have a background in this. Depending on your level of familiarity with the above topics, it may be to your benefit to review some of them following the links below:

  • For those of you who may need a basic overview of immunology you may review this video.
  • An excellent overview of medical biochemistry can be found here.
  • A two-part video on genes, enzymes and diseases can be found here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.
  • A two-part video on pharmacology can be found here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.

Preliminary Assignments:

Below are preliminary assignments that are not required to be completed before the start of the school year, but you are encouraged to get a head start.

  1. Dry Bone to Living Man Assignment to be submitted to Canvas - Due Oct. 3rd

You will be able to start working on the following assignments after August 6th:

  1. OSHA/HIPAA course –due by September 2nd
  2. Medical Jurisprudence - self-study - due by September 14th

More Academic Information:

See the below links for more academic information that may be of interest to you:



The Academic Calendar for 2018-2019 is available on our website.

The Fall 2018 COM Preclinical Course Schedule is available here.


Accommodations and Excused Absences:

If you have any medical/physical problems that will affect your participation in lab, you are required to bring this to the attention of the Interim Dean of Student Services, Dr. Binkerd, james.binkerd@tu.edu, so that we can make appropriate accommodations.

Absences from required sessions may be allowed only if excused by the Associate Dean of Preclinical Education, Dr. H. Eduardo Velasco. Only absences complying with the excused absence policy may be excused. Please review the policy in the Student Handbook. Excused absences are requested online by filling out the Excused Absence Request Form here.


You should plan to have your fall books by the start of classes and expect that faculty will assign readings and will test from the required materials early in the semester. 

The book list (check back frequently for updates) includes books for fall and spring courses.  

For some of the books, on-line sources are available and are noted.  However, please consider whether you are a student who finds reading online difficult and make your choice accordingly.  Also, while you may receive suggestions about other books that students find useful (e.g., board review books), these do not substitute for the primary texts that faculty require. 

Information regarding the books you will need is available on our website: http://www.tu.textbookx.com/institutional/index.php# , or other sources of your choice.


Medical Instruments:

Please see here for a list of medical instrument requirements. Faculty and a medical equipment representative will be available on campus during orientation to demonstrate products and accept your equipment orders – if you haven’t turned them in already, by then. Standardized, uniform equipment improves your learning experience.  Orders accepted through this program will not be billed to you until your financial aid is disbursed. You will get updated information in the next few weeks.


Technological Requirements:

The COM uses computerized testing for most exams.

Please find instructions on how to download and install Examsoft’s Examplify here. You will receive an email from ExamSoft to set-up your account in late July. All students will be required to have the software installed prior to arriving on campus in order to take a mock exam on August 2nd, 2018.

You are required to have a laptop computer with these requirements.

You may contact servicedesk@tu.edu for further information.

Canvas Platform:

Please make sure to become familiar with Canvas, our online education platform, by taking the tutorial course called “Canvas Guide for Students”. This link will work for you soon, once the Registrar enrolls you into Canvas.


Study Method and Strategies:

From the first day of class, expect to be fully immersed in medical content and materials. Before coming to campus, try to refine your study method and strategies, plan for time management and get logistical issues like housing, commute, etc., out of the way. One or two weeks of distraction from your program may derail your academic performance. Be ready to share your strengths with others and serve as a role model and as a resource for your classmates. Each of you has something positive to teach and also learn from others.

One of the main predictors of success is strong study methods. To this end, Touro University California offers the services of learning specialists and has its own website dedicated to learning strategies: https://efficientlearning.org/.We encourage you to explore these resources ahead of time.

We highly recommend completing the “Learning how to Learn” online course before you start classes. It has helped many students in the past; it’s free and can be done at your own pace.

Lab Clothing and Supplies:

You will be expected to have appropriate Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), Doctoring and Anatomy laboratory clothes for your first labs. Please see additional information here.

Social Media Policy:

Please note our policy on Social Media located here on page 5.


Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time for questions and support, particularly regarding readiness to start the program or any personal issues; below you will find our contact information. Please direct questions about contents of this message to eduardo.velasco@tu.edu or to yvetteelizabeth.carrillo@tu.edu or 707-638-5256.

TUCOM faculty, staff and administrators look forward to working with you. We do hope you are having a great summer and eagerly await your arrival on campus.



H. Eduardo Velasco, Associate Dean for Preclinical Education on behalf of the Deans, Faculty and Staff