Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-Middletown Approved to Recruit First Class

Date: October 03, 2013
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New York, N.Y. –  Kenneth J. Steier, DO, campus dean of the new Middletown campus of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) in Harlem, today announced that approval has been received from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to recruit the first class of medical students for the new campus. The students will begin classes in August 2014.

AOA-COCA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting agency for colleges educating osteopathic physicians.

Currently the new campus in Middletown is under construction.  When fully operational, it is expected to enroll more than 500 students.

"Under Dr. Steier's guidance and leadership, the school will create new career paths, improve job opportunities and enhance medical care for area residents--ultimately improving both the physical and economic health of the local community," said Touro College and University System President and CEO Dr. Alan Kadish. 

The president noted that Middletown is the latest addition to Touro’s vast system of healthcare education, which now spans three states and encompasses five medical schools, two colleges of pharmacy and an array of graduate and undergraduate programs in the health sciences. “Touro offers extraordinary leadership in educating health science students nationally,” Dr. Kadish said.

The new TouroCOM-Middletown medical school campus is designed to recruit students from the Greater Hudson Valley area. Affiliations have been signed for the new medical students to complete their rotations and residencies at local hospitals and offices.

Development of the new campus was formally launched in July with a kickoff ceremony attended by Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and other local and state officials at the site, formerly occupied by the Horton Hospital Complex. When completed, the school is expected to occupy 110,000 square feet of space in the complex.

“The new Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine will help create new jobs and support local businesses in the Middletown community, representing yet another successful demonstration of Governor Cuomo’s vision to drive economic growth by investing in higher education,” said Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy.

The newly constructed, two-story building will house state-of-the-art laboratories and new technology that will enhance the learning experience, said Touro’s Vice President, Real Estate Development, Design and Construction Jerome D’Imperio.

The first floor will encompass a centrally located library, study rooms, lounges, classrooms, and a lecture hall and auditorium with modern audiovisual systems. “The layout continues to foster a sense of community, but allows students to discover their own semi-private learning spaces,” Mr. D’Imperio said.

Clinical skills labs, including the anatomy and OMM (osteopathic manipulative medicine) labs, will be on the second floor along with the nation’s first virtual holographic training center that will allow students to visualize, create and experience human anatomy.

“The Middletown initiative shows what can happen when the dedication and energies of a community and medical school are harnessed together to improve health and raise the standards of medical care in New York state,” said Robert Goldberg, DO, dean of TouroCOM.   “By building upon our shared core values, we have designed a model that will serve as a template for others, and shown what can be accomplished when town and gown work together.”

TouroCOM will offer a four-year degree program for osteopathic physicians at the new campus and is considering programs for physical and occupational therapists, nurses and pharmacists. The process of medical education has already begun in the Hudson Valley, with ten third-year osteopathic medical students from TouroCOM's Harlem campus relocating to Middletown to participate in medical rotations at the Orange Regional Medical Center as of July 1.

Touro College and University System is one of the largest healthcare educational systems in the nation and offers a wide array of degree programs in the medical and health science fields. In addition to colleges of osteopathic medicine in New York, the Touro system includes colleges of osteopathic medicine in Nevada and California. Touro also has colleges of pharmacy in both New York and California, as well as graduate and undergraduate schools of health sciences in New York, Nevada and California. Together with New York Medical College in Westchester County, Touro College and University System educates approximately 5,300 health science students annually.