April 2015 Edition

The Record Newsletter - April 2015


 Touro University California - The Record 

 In this issue…

Shelley BerkleyTouro University California has many exciting events in April that make our institution unique to the Bay Area. On April 2nd Touro faculty, staff and students wore blue in honor of National Autism Awareness Month, and we stood united together in front of Lander Hall for a wonderful kick-off photo. 

We are also celebrating the exciting launch of "Vallejo - a College Town" in downtown Vallejo this Friday to showcase our University banners located throughout the Georgia Street area, along with California Maritime and Solano Community College. 

We proudly partnered with Kaiser Permanente to host Vallejo's first March for Babies Fun Walk to take place this Sunday. Our students are excited to help raise awareness for premature babies and the health of our community. 

We are also excited about this year's Research Day on April 29.  Submissions have increased by 45% from last year. Faculty and students do a fantastic job of showcasing their work and are eager to display them at Farragut Inn.

I invite you to join us on May 22nd for the unveiling of Mare Island's Flag Pole, which stands prominently in front of the historic hospital. Together with our students, alumni, and community members, Touro was able to raise more than $20,000 for the restoration of this majestic flag pole and we are happy to finally have it wave over our campus again. 

These are only a few upcoming events on the TUC campus, with many more exciting events coming up!  We welcome you and hope you will join us as a member of the Touro campus family.

Shelley Berkley
CEO and Senior Provost
Touro Western Division

Provost & COO Marilyn Hopkins

Last month, we traveled to Las Vegas and TUC students challenged the TUN students to a game of spirited basketball.  The Big Game has become a TUC/TUN annual tradition where the winning campus is awarded a reflex hammer plaque and an insane amount of praise for "Bringing the Hammer Home!"  Dance teams from each campus perform well-rehearsed routines and the event is right up there with "March Madness" competitions for displays of athletic prowess and spectator participation.

Although the March 19th Big Game ended with a final score of 85-70, in favor of TUN, our TUC students put on an exemplary show! Our team exploded with energy! We picked up on the second half and tightened the score. The team played exceptional and made us proud! It was a fun event and a good week!

Dr. Marilyn Hopkins
Provost and Chief Operating Officer
Touro University California 

Campus Updates 

Professional Activities

Upcoming Events

Faculty/Staff Feature
Meet Jay Shubrook 

New Faces

Tech Tips

Assessment and Accreditation

Institutional Advancement

Have You Heard
TUC in the News


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  Campus Updates

Dr. Michael Clearfield, Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine, would like to thank the entire TUC campus for their support during the recent COCA Accreditation visit. The preparation started more than two years ago, with the COCA team presenting their findings earlier this month. TUC received two areas for commendation: Standard 1.4 and Standard 6.5. Read the complete letter addressed to the campus by Dr. Clearfield

We are pleased to introduce faculty member Jay Shubrook, JR, D.O., FACOFP, FAAFP, to the Touro University California community. Dr. Shubrook joined our faculty as a fulltime professor in February and was most  recently an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; the Director of Clinical Research; and Director of the Diabetes Fellowship at The Diabetes Institute at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  He will be serving as Director of the Clinical Research Center and Director of the Diabetic Clinic at the Touro University California/Solano County Family Health Services Clinics and will provide patient care for the community of patients with diabetes as well as clinical research.  Welcome to the TUC family! Read his story below.

Autism AwarenessOn April 2, TUC students, faculty and staff wore blue in honor of "Autism Awareness Day," and were photographed in front of Lander Hall.  Many thanks to those who contributed! Read more





Model Seder

Rabbi Elchonon Tenenbaum hosted a Model Seder on March 23, 2015, where more than 30 students, faculty and staff learned of the journey ancient Jewish people took out of the hands of slavery. Attendees also sang Passover songs and enjoyed a Seder meal of Brisket, Matzoh and Passover dessert. Thank you for a wonderful event!

Building 89 is still on schedule to complete the building phase in April. The remaining work will be completed after July 1, 2015. We look forward to having Building 89 join our campus life!

We are pleased to announce that Richard Beres joined TUC last month as the Environmental Health and Safety Engineer. Richard has extensive experience planning and conducting workforce training for evacuation and fire prevention, ergonomics, chemical hygiene, blood borne pathogens, hazardous and biological waste, and emergency preparedness. He will provide oversight for our Injury and Illness Prevention Plan and provide leadership for our university Safety Committee.  His office is on the ground level of Wilderman Hall (G59) and he can be reached at #85967. Please join us in welcoming him to our campus. 

Bagels with Berkley, hosted by CEO and Senior Provost Shelley Berkley, have been a hit with TUC students! This monthly event, held at the Library and offering a light lunch, offers an opportunity for candid conversations and feedback with the Senior Provost. Together with Rabbi Tenenbaum, Ms. Berkley has already held two gatherings, and has discussed much about our campus and its community. The next gathering will be on May 4th at noon in the Library.

Teen Life ConferenceTUC students held a fantastic Teen Life Conference event on March 4th, where they were able to educate and empower the youth of Vallejo and beyond!  Seven local high schools attended the event, where high school students learned about health, diet, exercise, OMM and more. The event was led by OmS2 student Brittany Napier with many other student coordinators and volunteers. The faculty advisor was Dr. Alissa Farrell. Great job to the team! Read more.


The Strategic Committee is well under way to compile an action plan for the future of our campus! The Committee, composed of 18 individuals representing students, alumni, staff, faculty and administration on the TUC campus, has been working diligently over the past six months. They have surveyed all constituents and had numerous face-to-face meetings with various groups across campus. The Strategic Planning Team is charged to create a 5-year Strategic Planning Committee, which will serve as a roadmap for campus development and initiatives until 2020. Based on feedback from across campus, the TUC Mission, Vision and Values statements have been revised. The Strategic Action Plan is still in draft form and will be officially released to the campus this May. The plan addresses improvements to all aspects of campus life including. There are seven major goals with 22 objectives and 118 strategies to be addressed during the next five years. Each strategy has an accompanying timeline, responsible parties, and assessment metrics.  This is the first comprehensive strategic plan ever developed for the TUC campus. It is meant to be dynamic and visited often for revision as variables and opportunities change over the next five year.


The College of Pharmacy hosted their annual Spring Open House on February 27th on campus. There were many excited faces, intense conversations and plenty of note taking! Many thanks to Dr. Rae Matsumoto and Dr. Susan Heimer for making this a successful event!

Public Health Heroes

The Public Health's Hero Award Reception was held on April 15th.  This award honors students and community members who have demonstrated significant contributions and commitment to public health service and research. This year's winners included Student Heroes: Juan Chavez and Thomas Liggett; MPH Alumni Hero Kyla Simpson, MPH, PA-C, and Community Hero Jewel Fink of Planned Parenthood Vallejo.  Read More.

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  Upcoming Events

April 16: Safety Training for TUC students, faculty and staff, provided by the Vallejo Police Department, Community Services Section. The training will include simple self-defense techniques from the ground and some basic defenses from common attacks. Training takes place from 5-7 p.m. in the Farragut Ballroom.

April 17: All are invited to attend the "Vallejo - A College Town" launch at Unity Plaza in downtown Vallejo (corner of Georgia Santa Clara Streets) at 10 a.m. We will be recognizing TUC, California Maritime Academy, and Solano Community College - all institutions of higher learning located in Vallejo! Come see our campus banners in downtown Vallejo, which display our logo and the faces of some of our students!

April 19: Grab your walking shoes and get ready to support the March for Babies Fun Walk at Touro - hosted by TUC and Kaiser Permanente. The exciting event includes tables with information, light snacks, and a fun walk! Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. For more information, click here .

April 22: TUC and SafeQuest Solano present, "Solano Speaks Out 2015: Soaring to the Next Level," held at Farragut Inn from 5-8 p.m. This event is being held as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. SafeQuest Solano is a state-certified agency providing direct services to victims of sexual assault throughout Solano County. 

April 29: Research Day is back and bigger than ever, breaking an all-time record with 84 posters received! This annual day has become a tradition on the TUC campus and provides an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to share their research efforts with the campus and local guests. For more information, click here .

April 30: TUC's COM, COP, and the TUCA Legislative Committee present their annual "Legislative Banquet" from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Farragut Inn. Dinner will be provided. This roundtable evening is to present information on pending healthcare legislation that would further the advancement of the profession of pharmacy and osteopathic medicine. For more information, contact Dr. Keith Yoshizuka .

April 30: The Student Government is presenting its annual campus-wide Multicultural Fashion Show from 4:15-5:15 p.m. in Lander Hall 170. This multicultural show is bringing together students and faculty from different disciplines to celebrate the diversity of our campus! For more information, contact Lucy Phan.

April 30: Come honor the PA/MPH graduation of the Class of 2015 with a barbecue celebration at the Farragut Inn Grove, from 3-5 p.m.! Contact  Jennifer Pimentel for more information.

May 22: Touro will be Raising the Flag in front of Building H1 on May 22nd beginning at 10:30 a.m., with special presentation by the Honorable Mike Thompson, and featuring the National Anthem sung by U.S. Navy P.O. First Class Steven Powell; U.S. Navy Color Guard; and U.S. Army Military Band. Refreshments will be served.

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  Professional Activities


Kudos goes out to Ann Stoltz, Director of the Nursing Program, who was appointed to the Leadership Development Committee for the Association of California Nurse Leaders!

Congratulations to nursing student Anne Niffenegger, who was elected Treasurer of the Bay Area Chapter of the Clinical Nurse Leaders Association!

Professors Sara Sullivan and Dr. Annette Aalborg recently published the article, "Exploring perceptions and Experiences of Bolivian Health Researchers with Research Ethics," in the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. The article can be found here. Congrats! 

Many props go out to the Grace Landel and the PA Program for ranking #40, or 3rd in the California Physician Assistant programs, and top for the Touro programs, according to the U.S. News and World Report rankings of PA programs. Well done!

The GSOE has developed a Master's program in Applied Behavior Analysis. Classes will be begin this summer. Details can be found here. Key features include face-to-face and blended learning; personal and specialized attention; highly qualified instructors with real world experience; classes taught by Board Certified Behavior Analysts. 


Congratulations to Dr. H. Eduardo Velasco, who was appointed as Governing Councilor Whip of the American Public Health Association, Epidemiology Section, in January 2015. His responsibilities will include heading the policy review process, organizing the Governing Councilor (GC) for the APHA annual meeting, supporting nominees and garnering support, and restructuring the GC Student Shadow Program.

The Ultrasound program at COM is going strong with increasing integration into the curriculum. In addition, training sessions have been occurring at other California Medical Schools, specifically Ultrafest training at Stanford. Approximately 100 of Touro students are participating with Dr. Abraham Pera teaching at the event. TUC students participated in the Ultrafest at UC Irvine and won an award against multiple Medical Schools for clinical use of the Ultrasound in Diagnosing in a clinical scenario. 

Drs. Philip Malouf and Tami Hendriksz had two posters accepted for presentation at the Pediatric Academic Society meeting in San Diego. This conference brings an array of organizations together for a week of the most important pediatric presentations in pediatric education and research. Well done! 

Congratulations to Dr. Abraham Pera, who was elected to be President Elect of OPSC and will take office February 2016! 

Dr. Patricia Rehfield was elected to the Board of Directors for the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California for the 2015-2018 term at the Annual Conference of the OPSC February 7th, 2015. Congratulations! 

Dr. Jay Shubrook's article, "Insulin pump therapy: Introduction to successful management," has been accepted for publication in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. Nice job! 

This month, Dr. Tami Hendriksz will present "Using Patient Perspectives to Increase Empathy and Interest" at AACOM. Additionally, she has entered a Pediatric Academic Society Poster entitled, "Medical Students' Perceptions on their Preparedness for their Pediatric Core Rotation." Great job! 

Wagner OPSC with Students

Well done to Dr. Alesia Wagner, who was awarded a Distinguished Fellow from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians at the annual conference in Las Vegas mid-March.  Afterwards, an alumni reception was held together with TUN. 

Congratulations to Dr. Audra Lehman, who was invited to pursue Instructor status for the Advance Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO®)! ALSO is an evidence-based multidisciplinary training program administered by the American Academy of Family Physicians that helps providers manage obstetric emergencies.  

Continuing with his work on diabetes, Dr. Jay Shubrook served as the Chair of the "Diabetes is Primary Symposium" at the National ACOFP meeting in Las Vegas last month, a joint venture between the American Diabetes Association and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. More than 700 participants participated in the program. A lecture was also provided at the conference. 

Dr. Audra Lehman successfully completed the last step to become an Approved Instructor in February. She will bring these new skills to her teaching at Touro, and bring the ALSO curriculum to local Family Medicine residencies (Salinas, UC Davis, Santa Rosa) as well as our Global Health program, beginning this summer in Tanzania. 

Presenting at the Medscape: Education Diabetes & Endocrinology conference, Dr. Jay Shubrook discussed "Patient Case Discussions in Type 2 Diabetes: What Intensification Plan Is Best?" Study by CME Luigi F. Meneghini, MD, MBA; Pamela R. Kushner, MD; Jay Shubrook, DO Faculty and Disclosures." 

Dr. Philip Malouf presented to the Pediatric Web-based Conferences at the annual meeting of the Counsel on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics in March.  He will also present a poster/abstract titled "Online Morning Report in the Pediatric Clerkship" at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in late April as well as a poster on the topic of "Creating and Delivering Engaging Presentations" to the UCSF Northern California Faculty Development Fellowship in mid-April. 

Dr. Audra Lehman presented a poster at the Conference on Medical Student Education put on by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine in Atlanta Georgia in January. The poster, titled "Lessons Learned from a Pilot Nutrition Elective at an Osteopathic Medical School," was the culmination of participation in the Medical Student Educators Development Institute. 

Dr. Jay Shubrook recently published "Cutaneous Manifestations of Diabetes," together with M. Duff, O. Demidova and S. Blackburn, which appeared in the Diabetes January/February issue.


TUC testimonials were recorded by Pharmacy students, answering the question, "What I Love about Touro). The video was shared with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education site and can viewed here. Great job! 

Congratulations to the following Track 3 and 4 faculty for their recent publications in peer-reviewed journals! This is the 4th American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education publication by Touro California College of Pharmacy since December 2014: Dr. Kajua Lor, S. Moua, and Dr. Eric Ipfor "Frequency and perceptions of herbal medicine use among Hmong Americans: a cross sectional survey," appearing in Journal of Immigrant and Minor Health. 2015 Mar 18. 

Dr. Keith Yoshizuka, Dr. Paul Perry and Dr. B. Malcolm for "Marijuana and Pharmacy Practice: A Call for Action," which was featured in the Journal of California of Health-System Pharmacy. 2014; 26(5):139-145. 

Dr. Kajua Lor, Dr. Eric Ip , MJ Barnett, and JT Truong for their work on "A Randomized Prospective Study on Outcomes of an Empathy Intervention among Second-year Student Pharmacists," featured in the American Journal of Pharmacy Education. 2015; 79(2):18. Well done to all! 

PharmD candidates 2017 Punam Patel and Jasmine Reber were selected winners of the 2014-2015 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the ASHP Student Leadership Award. Great job! 

AMCP 2015

The Student Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy has been selected to be the top 8 Colleges of Pharmacy in the nation to compete in the finals. This is an exceptional achievement considering Touro is a new college and this is only our fourth time entering the competition. Congratulations! 

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  New Faces

  • Jacob Adams, Adjunct Faculty, Primary Care, COM
  • Richard Beres, Environmental Health & Safety Engineer, Facilities
  • Steven Billick, Facilities
  • David Crawford, Adjunct Faculty, Primary Care, COM
  • Alexandria Elick, Lab Assistant, Basic Sciences, COM
  • Kathleen Hahn, Adjunct Faculty, School of Nursing, CEHS
  • Jaeson Jackson II, Food Services
  • Gail Pizzo, Adjunct Faculty, Graduate School of Education, CEHS
  • Geetika Sengupta, Adjunct Faculty, Primary Care, COM
  • Neil Watter, Adjunct Faculty, Primary Care, COM

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  Meet Jay Shubrook

Jay ShubrookIn February of this year, the College of Osteopathic Medicine introduced their latest addition to the medical team - Dr. Jay Shubrook. He is not only a full time faculty member, but also a prolific author, former editor, and is currently an associate editor of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

We took a moment to dig deeper into Shubrook's life and find the things that make him tick. Here are his responses to five questions:

1.  Your role at Touro is as Director of the Diabetic Clinic at the TUC/Solano County Health Services Clinic. Can you please describe what that entails and your future goals for the Clinic? 

We would like Touro University CA and the Diabetes Clinic to be the place to come for outstanding team based clinic care, health professional training (for physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, educators)  to better address the person and population's need for diabetes, perform cutting edge research that expands the knowledge base of diabetes and its complications and finally  and to provide innovative programs that reduce the public health burden of obesity related diseases like type 2 diabetes.

2.  You have an extensive background from doctor to diabetes specialist to editor. What interested you in these subjects and how did you get started? 

Thanks! My interest in diabetes spurs from my interest in osteopathic medicine and in public health. We are a country suffering from chronic diseases that have a large lifestyle component. Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable and treatable with healthy living. My background in family medicine showed me that we wait too long to provide focused education and intervention to prevent disease. My work is focused on raising awareness of not only holistic patient centered care but also self-care that focuses on the body is unit and functions well when there are no toxins or impediments to full function. Unfortunately, our daily lives do not always support health. We need to work to get back to this. Further, once a person gets a chronic disease like diabetes, healthy coping is key and since the management of diabetes is largely self-management we need to provide timely intervention and appropriate education to help the person be empowered to take control.

3.  What are some personal satisfactions connected with your new role? 

I am curious scientist. Every day I have more questions. The balance in this job that allows me to see patients-which is why we do all of this work-generate more questions, go and research these topics and then share what we learned with patients and professionals is very satisfying. 

4.  What is the biggest misconception about you and why?

Hmm.. do not know about this.

5.  Name three things people at Touro don't know about you?

I left CA to go to Ohio by bicycle. I only planned to be there 4 years.

I was a TERRIBLE Writer when I started my career.

I love chocolate and eat this every day.

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  Tech Tips

Library Connectivity: Work on the fiber optic link between the Library Building and Lander Hall continues, with construction expected to be completed by mid-April. Please watch for announcements about the cut-over schedule. Once the installation is fully complete, increased speed in Internet and Mediasite viewing from the Library will be the normal. The expected project completion date is May 1, 2015. Click for more details.

IT - Pulling Conduit

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  Assessment and Accreditation

The Annual WASC Steering Committee meeting will take place on March 19th, 2015, the Big Game day, at Touro University Nevada.  We will prepare for the next TUC WASC accreditation reviews scheduled for spring 2018.

Masters of Public Health program (MPH) had a successful accreditation site visit by CEPH on October 27th and 28th

COM has submitted their accreditation self-study to COCA in January 2015. The onsite visit will be held on TUC March 31-April 2nd, 2015.


Touro University has completed the first cycle of assessing all the eight Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs). This year, both TUC and TUN campuses reviewed the assessment process and the collected data.  The current ISLOs have been revised and are under review by the WASC Executive Committee.

Program Review:

The TUC Program Review Committee (PRC) completed the program review for the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program (D.O) and the Masters of Public Health program (MPH) in academic year 2013-2014.  The PRC will review the Doctor of Pharmacy program (Pharm. D) in 2014-2015. 

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   Institutional Advancement 

If you want to make a difference in the life of a TUC student, you can make a tax deductible gift through the tu.edu website. Go to our home page and click on the gray bar that says “Make a Gift.” It will take you to a Commerce Manager page that accepts credit card payments. You can make a gift to a student scholarship in a particular college, the university Student Emergency Loan Fund or a general category called “Where the Need is Greatest.” Every dollar stays on our campus and helps our own students.

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  Have You Heard?

Understanding Autism (Local Happenings)

Fair Educates Public on Available Healthcare Services in Solano County(Vallejo Times Herald)

Study Shows Sharp Differences with Introduction, Withdrawal of Fructose(California Healthline)

Study Shows Harmful Health Effects of High-Fructose Diets (Capital Public Radio)

The 10-Day Diet Change Every Hispanic Child Needs (VOXXI)

Restricting Fructose Cuts Liver Fats in Kids (Medpage Today)

Awards Across Various Areas Abound for Solano Residents (Daily Republic)

Study Shows Sharp Differences with Introduction, Withdrawal of Fructose(California Healthline)

Restricting Fructose Consumption May Reduce Liver Fat Accumulation(Endocrinology Advisor)

With a Network of PA Programs, Touro's Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts (Physician Assistant Education Association)

Vallejo's Patrice Lewis Continues to Build and Study Community (Vallejo Times Herald)

Student Spotlight: Touro University California's James Hun Kim (KoreAm)

Teens Get an Education on Health at Touro (Vallejo Times Herald)

Vallejo Vets Raise Money to Put Signs on Purple Heart Trail (Daily Republic)

Member Spotlight: Touro University California (Bay Area Council)

Touro's First Class Draws NorthBay Nurses (NorthBay Healthcare)

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