Touro University California

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Touro University California seal.png
Seal of Touro University California
MottoTo Serve, To Lead, To Teach.[1]
Established1997[2]
TypePrivate, non-profit
Religious affiliationJudaism
PresidentAlan Kadish, M.D.[3]
ProvostMarilyn Hopkins, D.N.Sc.[4]
Academic staff105 full-time[5]
41 part-time
Students1403[5][6]
LocationVallejo, CA, United States
Campus44 acres
Websitewww.tu.edu
Tu small
 
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Touro University California seal.png
Seal of Touro University California
MottoTo Serve, To Lead, To Teach.[1]
Established1997[2]
TypePrivate, non-profit
Religious affiliationJudaism
PresidentAlan Kadish, M.D.[3]
ProvostMarilyn Hopkins, D.N.Sc.[4]
Academic staff105 full-time[5]
41 part-time
Students1403[5][6]
LocationVallejo, CA, United States
Campus44 acres
Websitewww.tu.edu
Tu small

Coordinates: 38°05′13″N 122°15′51″W / 38.087°N 122.2643°W / 38.087; -122.2643

Touro University California is an independent, not-for-profit Jewish-sponsored graduate school located on Mare Island in Vallejo, a city in the northern San Francisco Bay Area,[2] in the U.S. state of California. The university specializes in graduate studies in education, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, and public health. The Touro University California Campus consists of 44 acres (18 ha) and 23 buildings of the former Mare Island naval base located east of the San Pablo Bay.[2][7]

While sponsored by a Jewish organization, Touro University California has students and faculty from a wide variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds.[8] Touro University California is a member of the Touro College and University System, which includes Touro College (Manhattan), New York Medical College, Touro University California, and Touro University Nevada. Touro University California is jointly administered with its sister campus Touro University Nevada. In 2013, the U.S. News & World Report ranked Touro University California tenth among all United States medical schools for producing primary care residents.[9]

History[edit]

Established in 1997, Touro University California was originally located in San Francisco with its inaugural class composed of 67 students. In 1999, Touro University California officials decided to relocate to the southern area of Mare Island due to its large capacity and restored two buildings formerly used as naval quarters originally built in the 1930s and had the lease option to renovate ten other buildings intended to become diagnostic and research laboratories.[10] Touro University California's main buildings are Farragut Inn, named in honor of Commander David G. Farragut, Wilderman Hall in honor of Commander Alvin Wilderman,[2] and Lander Hall named after the founder of the Touro College system, Dr. Bernard Lander. Touro University California's College of Osteopathic Medicine became the second osteopathic medical program to open in the state of California after Western University of Health Sciences' College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific received accreditation in 1982.

Academic programs[edit]

The colleges of Touro University California include the College of Osteopathic Medicine which offers the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree, the College of Pharmacy which offers the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), the College of Education and Health Studies which offers three types of degrees, including a Master of Arts in Education, a Physician Assistant degree currently offered as a dual degree (MSPAS/MPH),[11] and a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree. Additionally, students may pursue dual degrees such as D.O./M.P.H.[11][12] or Pharm.D./M.P.H.[11][13] Since 2010, Touro University California has offered the Master of Science in Medical Health Science degree (MSMHS) which provides specific training towards the preparation for the College of Osteopathic Medicine.[14] In contrast, the Master of Science in Medical Health Sciences degree with emphasis in research in pharmaceutical sciences is now offered with the aim of preparing students for the College of Pharmacy.[15] Tuition for full-time students in 2012 was $43,090.[16]

Recently, Touro University California's College of Osteopathic Medicine has become a more competitive D.O. school, with the Class of 2017 having an average MCAT score of 30.1 and a grade point average (GPA) of 3.47.[17] The majority of matriculants to the Class of 2017, with a class size of 135 students, graduated from the University of California system and were California residents.[17] The College of Pharmacy's Class of 2016 matriculants, with a class size of 103, had an average GPA of 3.32, were mostly California residents, and the majority graduated from the University of California system.[18] The majority of matriculants to the physician assistant's Class of 2015 in the College of Education and Health Sciences, with a class size of 44, had an average GPA of 3.14, were mostly California residents, and 34% graduated from the University of California system.[19]

In recent years, graduates of Touro University California's Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) have had high pass rates on their respective licensure exams. On the California Practice Standards and Jurisprudence Examination for Pharmacists (CPJE)[20][21] graduates of Touro University California's pharmacy program had a 92.5% pass rate in 2012.[22] In the same year, 98.9% of these graduates passed the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) examination.[22][23] Graduates of the MSPAS/MPH program passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) with a 95% pass rate in 2007 and a 100% pass rate in 2008 and 2009.[24]

Research[edit]

Faculty members of Touro University California's Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and Pharmacy specialize in a wide range of basic and applied research in fields including: aging, anatomy and clinical imaging, cognitive aging, diabetes, immunology, infectious diseases, ion channels, longevity, neuroscience, metabolism/nutrition, and vaccine research.[25][26] Touro University California has established research partnerships with University of California, San Francisco, University of California, Davis, University of California, Berkeley, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Showa University, and University of Sao Paulo.[27] Research at Touro University California is funded by the American Diabetes Association, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.[28][29]

Accreditation[edit]

InstitutionAccreditation
Touro University CaliforniaAccrediting Commissions for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges[5][30]
College of Osteopathic MedicineAmerican Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)[5][31]
College of PharmacyAccreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)[5][32]
College of Education and Health SciencesAccreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistants[33][34]

Council on Education for Public Health[5][35]
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing[36]

Student life[edit]

Touro University California also sponsors the Touro Student-Run Free Clinic,[37] an interprofessional free clinic organized and staffed by student volunteers. The student-run free clinic was designed to improve access to healthcare for low-income Vallejo residents and to further improve the clinical skills of Touro University California students. A licensed clinician provides direct, on-site supervision.[38] Touro University California students also volunteer at The Suitcase Clinic in Berkeley, California, a clinic that offers free health and social services to the underserved of the area.[39] The College of Osteopathic Medicine hosts an active chapter of Sigma Sigma Phi, a national Osteopathic Medicine Honors Fraternity that emphasizes community service and scholastic achievement.

Each year, Touro University California hosts the Teen Life Conference to educate Vallejo high school students on matters of health with lectures, health screenings, informational booths, and interactive physical fitness activities to foster student participation.[40][41]

Notable faculty[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d "About Us-Touro University, California". Externalrelations.tu.edu. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
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  4. ^ "Message from the Provost & COO". Touro University California. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
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  6. ^ "Touro University Quick Facts". Touro University California. 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
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  8. ^ Amy Hollyfield (2008). "Culture and Medicine Learned at Touro". KGO-TV/DT. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Which schools turn out the most primary care residents?". U.S. News & World Report, LP. 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
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  19. ^ "Demographics-Touro University, California". Admissions.tu.edu. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  20. ^ "Pharmacist Examination and Licensure Application Instructions". California State Board of Pharmacy. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  21. ^ "California Board of Pharmacy Content Outline". California Board of Pharmacy. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  22. ^ a b "California State Board of Pharmacy CPJE Statistics 4/1/12-9/30/12". (Updated 12/20/12). California State Board of Pharmacy. 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
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  28. ^ "Touro University California Research Department-Touro University, California". Research.tu.edu. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  29. ^ "Forefront: Leading the Way to a Cure for Diabetes". American Diabetes Association. 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  30. ^ "Statement of Accreditation Status Touro University California". Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  31. ^ "Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine". American Osteopathic Association. 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  32. ^ "Home Page for ACPE-Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education". Acpe-accredit.org. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  33. ^ "ARC-PA / Home". Arc-pa.org. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
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  35. ^ "Schools of Public Health and Public Health Programs Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health". Council on Education for Public Health. 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  36. ^ "Recommendations by the Accreditation Team and Report of the Accreditation Visit for Professional Preparation Programs at Touro University". California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Committee on Accreditation. 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  37. ^ "Touro Student-Run Free Clinic". tourofreeclinic.org. 2012-08-01. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  38. ^ "About". tourofreeclinic.org. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  39. ^ "Partners". The Suitcase Clinic. 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  40. ^ "Teen Life Conference 2012". Teenlifeconference.com. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  41. ^ "Touro University Teen Life Conference Empowers Vallejo Youth through Health Education". Touro University California. 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  42. ^ Gary Taubes (2011). "Is Sugar Toxic?". New York Times. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 

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