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College of Osteopathic Medicine

Message from the Dean:

Welcome to the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California (TUCOM).   Established in San Francisco in 1997, as the eighteenth college of osteopathic medicine, the college was relocated in 1999 to our current 44-acre campus on historic Mare Island, located in the city of Vallejo.  As an alumnus of our amazing college, it is my honor to serve as Dean and my pleasure to introduce you to our school, our campus and our community.

At the heart of our school is our tremendous student body.   Our students are a diverse group of highly motivated individuals dedicated to becoming leaders in healthcare for the new millennium. The dedication of our students is matched by the TUCOM faculty whose commitment to the success of each student is driven by our Vision to “prepare outstanding osteopathic physicians for the future needs of their patients and communities.”


True to our Mission, on average 55% of TUCOM graduates choose careers in primary care, but almost as many opt for a career in specialty medicine. Therefore, while a focus on primary care distinguishes our institution, we are not defined by it. Our unique curriculum integrates all that is best within the tenets of osteopathic medicine. Each graduate is endowed with the attributes found in only the best of physicians, and each one is prepared to pursue their choice of careers in medicine.

Our campus extends to multiple clinical sites providing care, consultation, comfort and preventative services in our community. Our affiliation with the Solano County Department of Health and Social Services significantly augments our commitment to teach, to heal and to serve significantly more individuals within our community, emphasizing treatment for those who are at the greatest need for health services.

TUCOM also offers a full array of educational opportunities from research to public health, including a Master of Science in Medical Health Sciences. In the realm of public health we offer both a local and international perspective with clinical experiences at sites around the globe including Taiwan, Bolivia, Israel and two sites in Africa (Tanzania and Ethiopia.)    As a result of our public health options our students have been acknowledged and awarded for their community services as well as their international research.

TUCOM is part of Touro University California, which also consists of the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Education and Health Sciences - which offers a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, a Master of Public Health and a Master program in Education as well as certificates and other training programs. As a University, we are exploring educational, clinical, service, and research opportunities that utilize our strengths as an inter-professional campus. Our goal is to prepare all of our students to meet the health care and education demands that will emerge in the forthcoming decades by providing simulated and real-life experiences that require inter-professional collaboration and problem solving.

We look forward to answering your questions about our campus and programs. Please take this opportunity to explore our website and learn more about our exciting efforts in education, research, clinical care, community service, and international health care.  We work diligently to review and update our Strategic Plan so that we can meet the needs of all of our stakeholders now and in the future. 

Tami Hendriksz, DO, FACOP, FAAP 
Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Mission Statement

The Mission of Touro University Osteopathic Medicine Program is to prepare students to become outstanding osteopathic physicians who uphold the values, philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine and who are committed to primary care and the holistic approach to the patient.  The program advances the profession and serves its students and society through innovative pre-doctoral and post-doctoral education, research, community service, and multidisciplinary and osteopathic clinical services.


Touro University California – inspirational teaching and scholarship, transformative leadership, exemplary service.

Touro University Osteopathic Medicine Program prepares outstanding osteopathic physicians for the future needs of their patients and communities.

Academic Freedom


Touro University California is committed to the pursuit of truth and to its transmission. The
integrity of the University as an institution of higher learning requires proper autonomy and freedom.  This freedom is the freedom to examine data, to question assumptions, to be guided by evidence, to be a learner, and to be a scholar. Such freedom implies that any faculty member whose teaching is questioned should be subject to the judgment of one’s peers only in accordance with the accepted rules of academic due process.  It also implies the active, defined and recognized role of the faculty in those policy-making decisions, which affect the educational program.

The obligation of the faculty is to distinguish in their teaching between personal and partisan
opinion and convictions grounded in sources and methods appropriate to their respective
disciplines. The faculty member should, to the best of his/her ability, present materials in a
manner that respects the cultures and sensitivities of the students. The obligation of the student is to be a responsible participant in the academic activities of Touro University California.

The University further endorses the 1940 Statement of Principles of Academic Freedom of the
American Association of University Professors. Each faculty member is expected to uphold the goals, aims and mission of Touro University California.

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