is a Jewish-sponsored
independent institution of higher and professional education, located on Mare Island
, a city in the northern San Francisco Bay Area
, located in New York City
, is the parent institution. Touro University is jointly administered with Touro University Nevada
, located near Las Vegas, NV
The Touro Campus consists of 40 acres of the former Mare Island naval base
The colleges of Touro include the College of Osteopathic Medicine which offers the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), the College of Pharmacy (offering a degree of Doctor of Pharmacy), the College of Health Studies which offers a Physician Assistant degree(MSPAS) as well as the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, and the College of Education, which offers a Master of Arts in Education.
While sponsored by a Jewish organization, Touro University, Mare Island has students and faculty from many religious backgrounds. The Judaic values of commitment to social justice, intellectual pursuit, and service to humanity are expressed and encouraged, regardless of faith.
In the area known as the Pacific Northwest, there are only five medical schools north of San Francisco and south of Canada, a distance of nearly 900 mi (1,400km). They lie in the three western states of California, Oregon and Washington. There are no medical schools in the northwestern states of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming or Alaska. These five medical schools are:
The third and forth years of medical school are usually spent in clinical rotations and sub-internships. Touro uses a system of preceptors and rotation sites distributed throughout the Pacific Northwest (link), as well sites in southern California, Michigan, New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area.
For a state of its size and population, California has a relatively limited medical education and training system. Only 15.9 medical students per 100,000 were trained in California during the years from 1985 to 2005, in contrast to a U.S. average of 28.5 medical students per 100,000 population. When adjusted for population growth, California medical school enrollment per capita experienced a 5% decrease during this time.
In July 2007, Touro University announced, in a press release
, plans to begin construction on a Particle therapy
cancer treatment center. The center would be the first such facility to offer the treatment in the United States. The center is part of Touro's 1.2 billion dollar plan for Mare Island. The cancer center plans were unanimously approved by the Vallejo Planning Commission in June 2008, with a budget of $333 million.
In October 2007, Touro University received a four-year National Institute of Health
(NIH) research grant of $1.4 million to study the impact of diet on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
, a condition that now affects about one third of Americans.
In September 2006, Touro University was criticized for revoking the charter of the schools LGBT
student group, the Touro University Gay-Straight Alliance
Under pressure from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
, the Vallejo City Council, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
, and the American Medical Student Association
the school quickly reversed its decision and restored the group's funding.
In May 2008, Michael Harter, PhD, senior provost and CEO for Touro University said the executive team at the university never took any action to rescind funding for the gay-straight alliance and was not in agreement with the comments made by the university administrator at the student government meeting.
It’s clear to me that the administration had not taken a position on the matter and, when they were eventually confronted with the issue, they did not take any action against the student group.
- * Touro University Nevada
- * Touro College
- * Touro University Gay-Straight Alliance
- *Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation (link)