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Milestones at Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine


In April of 1995, the Bureau of Private Post-Secondary Vocational Education (BPPVE) authorized Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUCOM) to confer the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.  

After obtaining both pre-accreditation and provisional accreditation from the Bureau of Professional Education of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), TUCOM was authorized to open its doors to students during the 1997-1998 academic year.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) acted to include TUCOM within the scope of Touro College’s accreditation in November, 1997.

In 2008, the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the AOA awarded a 7-year accreditation status to TUCOM, with the next onsite evaluation held in spring, 2015.

In 2015, the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the AOA awarded a 7-year accreditation status to TUCOM, with the next onsite evaluation scheduled in spring, 2022.


TUCOM Key Accomplishments and Milestones as of June 2020

  • In April 2020 initiated  town hall series titled ‘Alumni in the Front Lines”,  featuring TUCOM Alumni who are actively engaged in the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Students from the three colleges formed the Touro Student Service Corps to give students a safe way to get involved in the COVID-19 pandemic as TUC transitioned to remote operations in March, 2020
  • In 2020 received a $650,000 grant from St. Joseph Hospital in Stockton, CA to fund the initial startup of the Touro University Medical Group (TUMG) in Stockton. 
  • Katherine Ku, TUCOM’s First Student Fulbright Scholar receiving a fellowship in 2020-2021 for her work to Close Gaps in Care:  Newborn sepsis management using community-based research in Ethiopia
  •  For the 10th consecutive year TUCOM-CA has been ranked in top 15 nationally for our graduates matching in Primary Care Residencies by U.S. News and World Report.
  • A video featuring MOBEC premiered on the @National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)’s Diabetes Discoveries & Practice blog where Jay H. Shubrook D.O. explains how we’re raising awareness about diabetes in the community with our Mobile Diabetes Education Center. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/professionals/diabetes-discoveries-practice/bringing-diabetes-education-to-your-community


  • Celebrating its 3rd anniversary in 2020 MOBEC (Mobile Diabetes Education Center) established DPP programs for Solano County Public Health & advised other California counties including San Joaquin County, Madera County, Marin County General Hospital and the Skinny Gene project in San Diego.  
  • January 2020 Mark Teaford PhD was awarded the Henry Gray Distinguished Educator Award by the American Association for Anatomists.  This is the highest educator award one can receive from this prestigious national society.
  • The TUCOM classes of 2018-19 were ranked first in the profession for passage of both COMLEX 1 and COMLEX 2CE, achieving 100% passage for COMLEX 1.  The Class of 2019 pass rate on USMLE Step 1 was > 99% and also exceeded the national pass rate average for both osteopathic and allopathic medical schools.
  • The 2019 National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data (NCAHD) has reported that 57% of TUCOM DO graduates practicing in California were in primary care, 22% practice in underserved communities and 5% in rural communities in California.  Percentage-wise, TUCOM is the number one medical school in the state for producing primary care physicians and for serving the disadvantaged and rural populations in California.
  • The dual degree DO/MPH program remained the largest DO/MPH program in the profession with 60 students (11% of total student body which increases to 20% when include the Global Health Certificate Program)
  • From 2014-2019 we have been affiliated with the Helping Babies Breath, an evidence-based educational program to teach neonatal resuscitation techniques (total of trained individuals to 243 nurses and 88 health extension workers) in resource-limited areas. It is an initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), and a number of other global health organizations. To our knowledge we are the first medical school (DO or MD) to train the students so they can train the health workers in their African summer community elective.
  • Although only 1-2% of all COM students, our students have been awarded 35% of all Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine (BIOM) Research & Outreach Awards from 2009-2019
  • JAOA announced the top 10 articles of the decade (2010-2019).  2 articles were from TUCOM: faculty: #2 Vitamin D deficiency, its role in health and disease, and current supplementation recommendations by Pfotenhauer, Shubrook 2017;117:301                                                                          #9 Conversion of sugar to fat:  Is hepatic de novo lipogenesis leading to metabolic syndrome and associated chronic disease by Schwarz, Clearfield, Mulligan 2017;117:520
  • In 2017 – 2018 TUCOM earned three national recognitions for innovative curriculum.  In 2017 Dr. Jennifer Weiss received the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Marguerite Ellison Prize for Innovations in Clinical Education for her design of the Year 3 Clinical Distinction program.  In 2018 she and colleagues were awarded the Stephen Abrahamson Award for Outstanding Innovations at the Innovations in Medical Education Conference.  Also in 2018, Dr. Tami Hendriksz received the AACOM Innovation in the Development of Enduring Educational Materials Award for her design of the Patient Perspectives curriculum. 
  • In 2017 the COM was awarded the AOA Strategic Team Award and Recognition (STAR) for its contributions with the TUCOM GROUPIE program.   The GROUPIE program investigates pre-specified outcomes of our graduates to demonstrate distinctive and distinguishing characteristics in seven areas; Global Health, research related to Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and obesity, hand-held ultrasound, Public Health, interprofessionalism and empathy.
  • In August 2017, the Journal of American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) publishing four articles highlighting the GROUPIE program at TUCOM
  • Student American Academy of Osteopathy Chapter was one of four nationally to receive the Presidential Accolade Award acknowledging the club’s combined impact and promotion of OMM.
  • In 2017 two new affiliated programs to DPP were instituted:
    • Mobile Diabetes Education Center (MOBEC) was funded by a gift from Sutter Health System and additional support offered from Solano County Public Health. Since opening MOBEC has served more than 300 people—including free diabetes screenings (finger stick glucose and A1c), free diabetes education, Dia-BEAT-it exercise classes, and recruiting and offering the Diabetes Prevention Program  (DPP) and the Diabetes Education and Empowerment Program (DEEP).
    • DEEP is a new program supported by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, it begun in the underserved communities of Solano County. We currently have ten certified coaches. The Student Run Free Clinic is the site of the first DEEP program. There are currently nine participants in the first cohort.
  • Since 2014 TUCOM students rotating in Tanzania and Ethiopia were trained as certified trainers in the Helping Babies Breath program, training a total of 168 nurses and 184 health extension workers in Tanzania and Ethiopia. To our knowledge, we are the first medical school (DO or MD) to train students so they can train health workers in these skills during their summer internship.
  • In 2016 the Touro Metabolic Research Center was opened which has enhanced our research efforts in obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders allowing greater collaboration with colleagues throughout the Bay area.
  • Since 2015 our DPP Program has trained our students to become CDC Lifestyle Coaches over the course of a year.  To date 348 coaches have been trained and six have achieved Master trainer status.
  • TUCOM has increased its community footprint with the continuing development of the affiliation and partnership with the Solano County Family Health Services Clinic serving over 30,000 local citizens at three Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers representing those most in need of heath care services in the county.
  • TUCOM continues to expand its community involvement with a Student Run Free Clinic which last year had 420 patient visits, 530 preceptor hours, 1300 volunteer hours and six community events serving more than 300 clients.
  • The People’s Garden Project which grows healthy foods for Solano Country's most in need residents was enhanced this year with a Mobile Garden Bus which further broadens its community impact.
  • The merger with OPTI-West in 2013 combined TUCOM’s OPTI with Western University and Pacific Northwest University increasing the residency programs to 67 with 832 trainees. The merger provides a far greater depth of expertise and raises our ability to remain competitive and continue to grow our GME given the emergence of a single GME accreditation system.
  • In 2012 TUCOM-CA was awarded the HERO Award from the California Primary Care Association for being the institution that produces the most primary care clinicians in California.



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