College of Osteopathic Medicine Open House Sees Full Attendance

The future met the present during the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) Open House on February 1st. Coming from as far away as Chicago, about 100 prospective students came to get to know TUC, speaking with white coated student doctors whom they were eager to join as colleagues. TUC hosts from COM, Student Affairs, the Ultrasound Lab, Mobile Diabetes Education Center (MOBEC), and more were thrilled to share what being at Touro means to them.

COM Open House
COM Open House
COM Open House
COM Open House
COM Open House

Tim G., who lives in Vallejo, found out about the COM Open House from his advisor in the Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program at UC Berkeley Extension.

“I wanted to see what it’s like here and hear what the students have to say,” said Mr. G, “and to experience as much as I can.”

Friends Tim Balmorez, a chemist in Hercules, and Julius, an EMT Scribe, also came to Touro with questions like “What is it like on Mare Island?” and “Where do people go on their clinical year?”

On her first week as Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Sarah Sweitzer, PhD, greeted the prospective students warmly, inspiring them with the values of TUC’s mission.

“At Touro we want you to take your passion and combine it with what you learn here so that you can go out and make a positive difference both in the hospital and in your community,” she said.

Michael Clearfield, DO, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, made clear just what makes COM unique.

Citing a study on medication adherence, Dr. Clearfield stressed that ”The patients in that study were informed, covered by insurance, but a year later, they stopped taking their essential medicine. Something is wrong with the medical care system when that is the result. And we want to fix it.”

The solution that COM is employing is called the GROUPIE project, which was honored with a STAR award from the American Osteopathic Association last July.

“Because of the GROUPIE approach, our students are learning how to communicate with a patient who is different from them,” Dr. Clearfield explained. “Maybe if patients can understand and trust their doctors, they will start actually taking those medications.”

Looking to see DOs in action, guests later flocked to the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine lab where they watched up close the techniques DOs use to restore the body by readjusting it. The College of Osteopathic Medicine stresses that osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) builds trust between doctor and patient and non-invasively pushes patients towards health.

Attendees also fielded questions to a student and alumni panel, and the bravest took to the stage themselves for a mock interview panel.

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