For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 280-8771

Touro University California 2019 Biotech Academy Summer Internship Program 

Vallejo, CA (June 13, 2019) From Monday, June 17 – Thursday, June 27, Touro University California (TUC) will host its 8th annual Biotech Summer Internship Program to connect local high school students to careers in the health sciences. This year will emphasize mindfulness and technologies related to osteopathic medicine practices.  

WHO:   Touro University Associate Professor Dr. Shin Murakami
Touro University Faculty, staff, students and local high school students 

WHAT: Students from high schools across Solano, Contra Costa, Napa, and Santa Clara counties will participate in the 8th annual Biotech Academy Summer Internship program. Over the course of several intensive sessions, interns will learn about a wide range of topics including surgery, osteopathic medicine, mindfulness and integrative medicine, human anatomy, microbiology, diabetes, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Sessions will focus on how mindfulness in clinicians and new technologies are helping improve overall patient care. 

WHERE: Lander Hall, Touro University Campus, 1310 Club Drive, Mare Island, Vallejo, CA 94592 

WHEN: June 17 – 27, 2019; members of the media are encouraged to attend the following courses to learn more about the program, take pictures and interview participants:

  • Tuesday, June 18, Ultra sound session, 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Friday, June 21, Yoga meditation, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Monday, June 24, Simulation lab, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 26, Education session, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 27, Certificate ceremony, 1-3 p.m. (located at Lib 118 building) 

WHY: Since its inception in 2012, the Biotech Academy Summer Internship program has used an innovative approach to introducing health, education and research topics to high school students through a rare and free hands-on learning experience. Created by TUC Associate Professor Dr. Shin Murakami, the program seeks to expose students to exciting concepts in osteopathic medicine and other health-related fields they wouldn’t traditionally receive in high school. Our goal is to stimulate students to pursue a career in the health sciences so that in the future they can return to their communities as health advocates.

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro has 35 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Illinois, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: