Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - New York
Main Campus: New York, NY
Additional Locations: Middletown, NY
COVID-19 Related Information
Interview Options for 2021-2022 Cycle: Virtual Interviews Only
Physician Letter Required? Although TouroCOM normally requires one letter of recommendation from a physician (DO or MD) who has observed you in a patient/ clinical setting, we recognize that live shadowing opportunities have become more difficult to obtain over the past year. Therefore, even though a “shadow*” letter is ideal, in place of this letter we will accept either of the following:
- A letter from a non-physician supervisor who has observed your interactions with patients.
- A letter from a DO or MD who has supervised you in a lab or professional setting and can talk about your professionalism and your interactions with other staff members.
*Please note, virtual encounters will be accepted.
Shadowing Options: Accepts Either Virtual or In-Person Shadowing
Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements? Yes
Accepts Prerequisite Coursework Pass/Fail Grades? Yes
Accepts Online Lab Coursework? Yes
The Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine is committed to training osteopathic physicians, with a particular emphasis on practicing medicine in underserved communities, and to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine. We value and support public service, research, graduate medical education, and osteopathic clinical service in the community that will strive to improve health outcomes for those we serve. We will work to educate students through the use of the latest innovative education techniques using summative and formative measures so as to graduate qualified osteopathic physicians.
The Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) is committed to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine and to training physicians who are committed to practicing in underserved communities At TouroCOM, technological innovation meets social responsibility, and a cutting-edge curriculum goes hand in hand with community outreach. Since opening our doors in 2007, the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine has been attracting students and training physicians who are committed to helping their patients and the medical profession. TouroCOM is equally committed to working to correct diversity disparities in our health care delivery system, so physicians can best meet patient needs. Leaders in Education Our medical curriculum is one of the first of its kind to take full advantage of today’s medical and classroom technologies. Ours is a flipped classroom that allows students to learn the material at home and for professors to track the students’ grasp of the material in class. Better assessment means better outcomes, and our graduates find residencies and placements at top hospitals across the country.
Harlem, NY: Urban Setting
Middletown, NY: Suburban/Rural
Year founded: 2007
Type: Private, non-profit
The Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine received full re-accreditation from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) in September, 2018. TouroCOM is a division of Touro College, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, (MSCHE) an agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation
- Touro College and University System
- The Harlem Campus medical school buildings are across the street from the famous Apollo Theatre in central Harlem
- The Middletown Campus is located in the city of Middletown, NY, 60 miles from New York City in New York’s Hudson Valley Region
- Lecture halls and classrooms are equipped to accommodate laptop computers, with wireless Internet access available throughout the building. Professors present at “smart podiums” accommodating any electronic format
- The OMM labs have hydraulic tables and Striker Cameras
- There are breakout rooms adjacent to the amphitheaters for student study
- Anatomy labs at both campuses are temperature controlled with frequent air exchange
- Each campus has a state-of-the-art library facilities with extensive electronic offerings that are not publicly available
- Clinical sites are located throughout the NYC metropolitan area and upstate New York, New Jersey and Connecticut
Student residence options:
In Harlem, housing is not provided, but rental housing is available throughout the area with easy access by train, bus, or subway
The Middletown Campus has on site dormitories
- Total medical school enrollment: 1,032
- Total male: 459
- Total female: 572
- First-year matriculants: 270
- First-year male matriculants: 118
- First-year female matriculants: 151
- First-year matriculants declined to state: 1
- Matriculants in-state: 119
- Matriculants out-of-state: 151
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 18,262
TouroCOM’s pre-clinical curriculum uses an innovative flipped classroom model that emphasizes independent discovery of information and reserves valuable classroom time for clinical case discussion, application questions and peer-peer teaching activities. Early clinical exposures and health policy lectures are used to enhance the classroom curriculum.
Dual Degree Programs
Master of Science Program in Interdisciplinary Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences
This is a full-time, one-year program offered by the Touro College and University System at both the TouroCOM Harlem and Middletown campuses. The program provides students that are interested in becoming physicians an opportunity to prepare themselves for the academic rigors of medical school by immersing them into a biomedical curriculum that includes clinical anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, Immunology, Neuroanatomy and Histology. Students that are interested in dentistry, pharmacy, podiatry, and PhD programs can also strengthen their foundation in these core biomedical sciences through this program. Faculty teach using an innovative flipped classroom model that emphasizes independent discovery of information and reserves valuable classroom time for clinical case discussion, application questions and peer-peer teaching activities. Graduates of the TouroCOM MS program have the opportunity to directly matriculate as first year osteopathic medical students the following year contingent upon meeting the following requirements: completion of the MS curriculum, achieving a final MS program GPA of 3.450/4.0 or higher, achieving a passing grade on the Comprehensive Examination. Typically, 30 – 35 students from each campus are offered direct matriculation to TouroCOM DO programs after meeting these requirements.
Summer Anatomy Course (non-credit)
Summer Anatomy is a four week course that is taught by the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty. The course covers anatomic terminology and teaches Anatomy by regions. By the end of the course you will have a sound foundation of Anatomy. The course will also provide you with study techniques and teach you how to answer multiple choice questions. The course includes a lab component with demonstration of prosected cadavers and dissecting techniques. Each student receives a certificate at the end of the four weeks. There are weekly quizzes that will not be graded, but are administered to give you an idea of where you stand with understanding the material that is being presented.
Summer Histology Course (non-credit)
Histology is the study of the microscopic anatomy of cells, tissues and organs. In this four week course the student will understand the microanatomy of the fundamental tissues of the human body and correlate structure with function. The student’s mastery of the course material is essential for future basic science training. The course is equivalent to the introductory course taken by first year medical students across the United States and also provides excellent initial preparation for mastering shelf examinations in cell biology and histology examinations. The first half of the course covers the microanatomy of the cell including membranes, cytoplasmicorganelles, intracellular trafficking, the nucleus, the genome, cell division and cell cycle. In the second half the microanatomy and biology of epithelium, connective tissue (including blood and hemopoiesis) muscle, nerve tissue, cartilage and bone are covered. Lectures are presented in a fact-based format and supported with laboratory exercises designed to demonstrate an understanding of the ideas and concepts delivered in lecture. The course includes lectures, small group discussions, and laboratory sessions that involve hands-on light microscopy and glass slides, as well as the use of digital/virtual images. You will receive a participation certificate at the end of the four weeks. Offered in parallel with the Summer Anatomy Program, it brings the perfect integration between gross anatomy and microanatomy.
Summer Embryology Course (non-credit)
Embryology is the study of formation, development and growth of a living organism. In this one-week course the student will understand the major aspects of human development. We will study the process of development from the moment of conception up to the moment of birth. While studying the transitional events that will take us from single-celled organism to growing fetus, we will examine the formation of some of the major systems in the body. In addition, you will be introduced to some common, and uncommon, birth defects which will provide you with an understanding of what happens when developmental missteps occur. The student’s mastery of the course material is essential for future basic science training. The first series of lectures deal with the pre-fetal periods of development. We will discuss formation of the gastrula, blastula, morula, and the embryo. You will understand the formation of the embryonic germ layers and their adult derivatives. Following implantation, we will discuss the formation of the extra embryonic membranes, formation of the placenta, and we will discuss the transition from growing embryo to developing fetus. Finally, we will examine the formation of some of the major body systems of the human fetus. Not all body systems will be discussed (because of time constraints) but the material presented in this course will serve as a solid foundation for your medical embryology course as well as other basic sciences courses (e.g. Histology, Neuroscience, & Gross Anatomy). Course material will be presented on a fact-based lecture format and student participation on all topics is highly encouraged.
Med-Achieve is an after-school medical science enrichment program serving high school students in the Harlem and Middletown communities who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine.
HONOR (Helping Others Needing Our Resources) Homeless Shelter
Every two weeks a group of TouroCOM Middletown students visit this homeless shelter to provide basic health advice and medical screenings to the residents of this institution. Students are able to start applying basic clinical experience and knowledge to this special population as well as practice basic health screening measures.
East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP)
The EHTP pairs TouroCOM student mentors with high school students from East Harlem to help them with their science comprehension and skills. Informational sessions for interested tutors are held early in the Fall Semester.
Mentoring In Medicine
Mentoring In Medicine (MIM) is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to create a seamless system of mentorship, academic enrichment, leadership development and civic engagement for underrepresented minority youth. MIM was created by minority physicians passionate about addressing health care disparities and igniting an interest in health and science in our youth. Mentoring in Medicine helps students create a strategic plan for graduation from health professional and advanced science training.
The Warming Station in Middletown provides a warm and safe environment for homeless adults living on the streets in Middletown. Students are encouraged to volunteer overnight to help supervise Middletown homeless men and women who have been screened for suitability.
Admissions Process & Application Information
TouroCOM begins to review applications in late August. After review of the applicant’s AACOMAS application, qualified candidates will be invited to complete a supplemental application. Once the supplemental application has been submitted, the admissions office will contact qualified candidates to schedule an interview.
The Interview Process: We invite selected applicants to visit the campus identified in the supplemental application for an informational presentation and a formal interview. Campus visits and interviews are conducted on a rolling basis from October through May. The Director of Admissions or a student affairs representative will lead a tour of the medical school facilities, and provide some historical background about TouroCOM and our parent institution, Touro College. We will also provide details about the surrounding Harlem or Middletown community and available housing. During the interview, candidates will meet with several faculty members. Interviewers’ feedback is considered alongside an applicants’ academic credentials. An interview does not guarantee acceptance.
Acceptance to TouroCOM: The Admissions Committee submits their final recommendations for acceptance to the Dean of the college, who reserves the authority to approve all applications. TouroCOM-NY usually notify candidates of decisions within two months of the formal interview, and makes every effort to notify wait-listed candidates as soon as possible.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/4/2021)
- Primary application deadline: 3/1/2022
- Supplemental application deadline: 3/15/2022
- Submission timing for best consideration:
For best consideration, applicants should submit their AACOMAS application at least eight weeks prior to this school’s latest filing date.
First-Year Class Matriculants’ Selection Factors:
The applicant applying to TouroCOM must have earned a bachelor’s degree prior to potential matriculation in the fall. In addition, the student should have a competitive grade point average in the sciences and overall, a competitive MCAT score, and a CASPer™ score. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, hold a Permanent Resident visa or be able to obtain F-1 status and form I-20. During the supplemental application process, applicants must submit all required documents to be considered for an interview. TouroCOM is looking for candidates who are interested in becoming outstanding osteopathic physicians. Students must be able to present an understanding of osteopathic medicine and display a passion to become a doctor in underserved areas. Primary applications are pre-screened by the admissions department, and only students who meet the admissions standards are offered a supplemental application.
After further review by the Interview Committee, qualified applicants that have met all supplemental application requirements may be offered an interview. Touro College treats all employees, students, and applicants without unlawful consideration or discrimination as to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, genetic predisposition, sexual orientation, gender identity or citizen status in all decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, the administration of its educational programs and activities, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship.
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: Yes
Asylum applicants will provide documentation from their attorney. This documentation is provided to our international student department, which handles international student affairs. Other international students are required to provide proof of their I-20 status or begin an application to obtain the I-20.
- Oldest MCAT considered: 1/1/2019
- Accept September 2021 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2022 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Supplemental application required? Yes
- Earliest supplemental application submission date: 7/15/2021
- Supplemental application deadline: 3/15/2022
- Supplemental application requirements:
- Supplemental applications are sent to applicants after their AACOMAS applications have been pre-screened by Admissions.
- Letters of recommendation from two natural science professors or a Committee Letter that includes two natural science professors. An applicant who has not been in school for five years or more may submit one letter of recommendation from a current supervisor in place of the second natural science faculty letter. If said applicant is working in a medical career field (e.g., nursing or pharmacy), a letter of recommendation from a medical/ healthcare supervisor is preferred.
- Letter of recommendation from a physician (either DO or MD, DO preferred).
The CASPer test is required.
- Fee waiver available: Yes
- Waiver conditions: AACOMAS waiver
- Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
Screened applicants with Overall GPA >=3.0, Science Overall GPA >=3.0, MCAT Total >=498
- Supplemental application fee: $200, non-refundable
- Biology, 8 semester hours which includes 2 credits of lab
- Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours which includes 2 credits of lab
- Inorganic Chemistry, 8 semester hours which includes 2 credits of lab
- Physics, 8 semester hours which includes 2 credits of lab
- College English, 6 semester hours
- Behavioral Sciences, 6 semester hours
- Math, 3 semester hours
Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following schedule:
- TouroCOM has rolling admissions
- Maximum time for applicant to accept offer: AACOMAS Traffic Guidelines are followed.
- Earliest acceptance date: 10/1/2021
- Latest acceptance date: 7/31/2022
- Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes
- Orientation / start date for first-year students: 7/25/2022
Early Decision Program
- Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No
First-Year Class Matriculants
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Majors of First-Year Matriculants (Entering Class 2020)
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
- 2020-21 annual resident tuition: $58,800
- 2020-21 annual non-resident tuition: $58,800
- 2020-21 annual resident fees: $0
- 2020-21 annual non-resident fees: $0
- 2020-21 annual health insurance fee: $5,095
- Fees include:
- Student Services
- Student Activities
- Technology (not computer)
- Mental Health Service
- Learning Specialist
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $40,602
- Average 2020 graduate indebtedness: $235,323
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $2,000, non-refundable*
- Additional deposit amount: $1,000, refundable prior to the start of class.
- Deposit applied to tuition: Yes
- Financial Aid Website
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 83.56%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: $7,775
Contacts & Additional Resources
2090 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, Suite 519
New York, NY 10027
60 Prospect Avenue
Middletown, NY 10940
Main phone: Harlem: (212) 851-1199, Middletown: (845) 648-1000
Phone: Harlem: (212) 851-1199 ext. 42588, Middletown: (845) 648-1111
Fax: Harlem: (212) 851-1183, Middletown: (845) 648-1018