July 11, 2017 - The Record
And the celebration begins! Touro University California kicked off its 20th anniversary festivities for the '17-'18 year on July 5th. Decorations are going up across campus to spread the news about the momentous occasion that will be celebrated throughout the upcoming academic year. Twenty years ago, the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine was founded at the corner of Scott and Eddy in San Francisco with a class of 65. Now proudly at Mare Island, TUC is home to more than 1,450 students in health sciences, education, and public health.
Starting this July, each month will have 20th Day, a new chance to take part in the 20/20 festivities.
Come out to Lander Hall on July 18, 10:00-11:00 am, to join in the Ultimate Coffee Break with 95.3 KUIC. Get your morning refill, make Touro heard on the radio, and win some 20th Anniversary prizes!
Then August 20th, join in TUC Employee Day at Six Flags. Each employee and a guest can visit the park for free with early access and an exclusive animal encounter. Check your emails for more information.
But the biggest 20th Anniversary celebration will be the Gala on September 17 at Farragut Inn. An evening that every guest will be sure to remember, attendees will have the honor of hearing from keynote speaker Anthony J. Principi, former US Secretary of Veterans Affairs. All proceeds will go to support diversity student scholarships. Tickets and information are available now at advancement.tu.edu/2020.
Check your emails and The Record for other 20/20 events all year round! While we look back on the past, Touro University California is focused on our future.
Visit tu.edu/2020/ for more!
On a day of celebration, students and faculty from TUC’s Joint Physician Assistant and Master of Public Health program went out into the Vallejo community to offer visitors free health screenings. More than 60 guests stopped by at the table to discover the state of their blood glucose, blood pressure, and body mass index.
The Mad Hatter event took place on the Vallejo Waterfront from 11:00 am-4:30 pm, shortly after the Vallejo 4th of July parade, which also featured TUC’s Mobile Diabetes Education Unit (MOBEC). While the Physician Assistant (PA) program has participated in many Mad Hatter holiday events, this was their first time at the 4th of July festival.
Visitors at the PA table were glad to take advantage of a free service that would help them gain deeper insight into their health.
“Our students are taking the skills that they’ve learned in school and putting them to use in the community,” explained Grace Landel, Director of the PA Program.
The students also talked with visitors about healthy eating options and offered diabetes classes to those interested.
“When we have a discussion with someone about what they eat, smoke, or drink, it can lead to reducing the risk factors for many common chronic diseases,” said 2nd year student and table organizer, Juliana Ma Crawford. “People genuinely want to hear the ways in which we can promote their health.”
Dr. Carmen Hering graduated from TUC’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2003. Since 2006, she has maintained a general medical practice in Albany, CA where she utilizes osteopathic and anthroposophic medicine. She serves as adjunct faculty at Touro University California, trains medical students and residents in her office, and serves as faculty for the annual International Postgraduate Medical Training (IPMT) program for anthroposophic medicine in the US.
What does osteopathic medicine mean to you?
For me, the principles of osteopathy are as true and relevant today as they were in Dr. Still’s time, as they are based on the study of the natural world in order to uncover its laws. If we learn to be a student of nature and develop real interest in our fellow human beings, then everything we do in our practice becomes osteopathy, from the moment the patient walks in the door.
That being said, I put my hands on every patient at every visit. That, too, is osteopathy, of course. But I am also practicing osteopathy when I take a history, and when I give a prescription. I never stop listening to the patient, and specifically listening to their health. It wants to speak; it wants to be seen. This is the most essential point. To quote Dr. Still: “It is the job of the physician to find the health. Anyone can find disease.”
What sticks out to you about the culture at TUC?
The culture at Touro is continually evolving, and much has changed since I graduated in 2003. Many things for the better! But the quality of the faculty has always impressed me; I felt grateful to learn from such dedicated and knowledgeable professors. And that hasn’t changed.
Touro also stands out in its commitment to osteopathy, both by the strength of its curriculum and by its selection of students with a knowledge and interest in osteopathy. In addition, we have a rich resource of local practicing osteopaths here in the Bay Area. These traditional D.O.s can serve as mentors to students struggling to reconcile the principles of osteopathy with mainstream medical education and clinical practice. Many schools don’t have this and it is a tremendous advantage.
What brings you back to teach at TUC?
I really enjoy meeting with students who have an interest in healing, who want to understand nature and the human being. Many of these students are here at TUCOM, and I want to support and encourage them as I have been supported. Medical and scientific education can limit our capacity to ask questions, and limit the kinds of questions we do ask. It is especially important in medicine to be interested in health as much as disease. How does a patient heal? Why? And can we recreate this phenomena? We understand so little about the physiology of healing because we tend to study how patients get sick, not how they get well, and not those who didn’t get sick in the first place. But reestablishing and maintaining homeostasis is critical for health and wellness. If we are going to be effective physicians, we need to ask these questions.
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