Preclinical Education

The Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine first two years’ curriculum is designed to provide the scientific foundations of osteopathic medical education, the skills for preventive care for health promotion and disease prevention, as well as the osteopathic manipulative medicine skills, tenets, and values to teach our students how to be better doctors, sooner. Curriculum design is based on the seven AOA COM competencies and is delivered using state of the art teaching methods, including traditional didactic lectures, laboratories, case-studies, team based learning, small group discussions, early clinical experiences, OSCE, global health experience, capstone, elective courses and independent study time. Assessment to drive learning and monitor academic performance and readiness is accomplished using multiple choice exams, labs, clinical skills observation and NBOME and NBME shelf exams.

Through collaborations among Departments and by integrating disciplines, students undertake a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities to develop the knowledge and understanding necessary for the delivery of professional healthcare services.

Basic Sciences curriculum offers the integrated systems courses in the preclinical curriculum where subject disciplines of cell biology, physiology, biochemistry, neuroscience, anatomy, microbiology, pharmacology, immunology and pathology are brought together seamlessly using theoretical and practical teaching methods that foster effective learning.

During the first two years, the four Osteopathic Doctoring courses provide a strong foundation in professionalism, medical practice, clinical skills, ethics, humanities and early clinical experience, providing a milieu to further develop, integrate and apply the basic and clinical sciences. Through experiences provided by these courses, students interact with real and simulated patients, patients at community clinics, nursing homes, and other clinical and community settings.

At the core of osteopathic education, during the first two years the OMM Department offers the four Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine courses, to develop osteopathic thinking by integrating osteopathic manipulative treatment into the management of patients. Instructors represent a wide variety and tradition of different colleges of osteopathic medicine; OMM Predoctoral Teaching Fellows further strengthen the teaching capacity available to help students develop their OMM diagnostic and treatment skills.

Contact Us:

Dr. H. Eduardo Velasco
COM Administrative Building
Rm. 213
Phone: (707) 638-5291

Ms. Karmina Honciano
COM Administrative Building
Rm. 206
Phone:(707) 638-5256

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