EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY
OF THE STATE OF
The Higher Education and Professional Practice Committee
Master Plan Amendment:
February 24, 2006
Issue for Decision (Consent Agenda)
Regents approve the proposed master plan amendment for
Required by State statute.
This question will come before the Higher Education and Professional Practice Committee at its March meeting where it will be voted on and action taken. It will then come before the full Board at its March meeting for final action.
Approval of master plan amendments by the Board of Regents is required by section 237 of the Education Law. A master plan amendment is necessary to authorize the establishment of a branch campus.
Board of Trustees adopted a resolution to amend its master plan to authorize the
establishment of a branch campus in
should approve the proposed master plan amendment, effective March 21, 2006, to
Timetable for Implementation
This approval will be effective until March 31, 2007, unless the Department registers the program prior to that date, in which case master plan amendment shall be without term.
The College has applied to the AOA-COCA for pre-accreditation status of
the program to be offered in
curriculum is divided into three phases: basic sciences, basic and clinical
sciences in the study of the organ systems of the body, and clinical
experiences. While focusing on
primary care, Touro will promote wellness from prenatal to geriatric care for
The first year of the program includes human anatomy, gross anatomy, neuroscience, histology and embryology, biochemistry, and physiology. Interwoven throughout the curriculum are osteopathic principles and practice, introductions to clinical medicine, physical diagnosis, problem-based learning, and preventative medicine and public health. In the second year, the basic and clinical sciences concerned with the organ systems of the body are integrated in classroom instruction. The osteopathic approach is continually emphasized by lecture and laboratory demonstration of manipulative techniques. A year-long course in behavioral medicine and psychiatry is also provided. In the third and fourth years, there will be a total of 22 clerkship periods. Twenty of these will be required and two will provide options for students’ choices of specialty areas. The College has written commitments from hospitals to provide adequate numbers of rotations for the students.
Applicants to the program must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. They must have completed 8 credits in biology, 8 credits in inorganic chemistry, 8 credits in organic chemistry (4 credits in biochemistry may be substituted for a second semester of organic chemistry), and 8 credits of physics. Applicants must submit an MCAT score no older than three years. For consideration, applicants must have an overall average of 3.0, a 3.0 science average, and an MCAT score of 20 or above.
Touro plans to admit 125 students in the 2007-2008 academic year and gradually increase enrollments to 175 students beginning in the fourth year of operation. Touro has contacted the Harlem Chamber of Commerce and a number of organizations in the community to assist in recruitment, training, and retention of students to work in the urban community. The College has established a local advisory board of doctors of osteopathic medicine and community leaders.
has hired a chief executive officer, vice president for medical affairs, and a
dean of the osteopathic medical school.
Touro has identified 13 D.O., 1 M.D., and 15 Ph.D. (science) persons, who
have expressed an interest in or have signed letters of intent for
employment. In January 2007, the
core faculty will be on full salary for curriculum review and planning. In the initial academic year, the
College plans to have 18 full-time and 12 part-time faculty. There are written job descriptions for
various administrators and faculty of the proposed
submitted a copy of the feasibility study done by an uninterested Certified
Public Accounting firm as required by AOA.
The CPA firm states that Touro “has proven the viability of the proposed
The library, housed in 10,000 square feet of space, will have two main halls with seating capacity for 125 people, two offices, a workroom, and 12 study rooms. The library will serve the teaching, reference, and research needs of the faculty, students and staff. The library will have more than 22,000 titles, 13,200 periodicals, and 74,000 data, and the ability to download information. The library will be equipped with 80 computers and printers.
The results of the 2005 study by the Council on Graduate Medical Education, a panel created by Congress, recommends training 3,000 more doctors a year in U.S. medical schools. Studies show that nearly half the new physicians are women that work an average of 25 percent less than male physicians, and older physicians work about 15 percent less than younger doctors. In addition, baby boomer physicians will be retiring when the number of aging baby boomers is increasing. By 2020 or 2025, the deficit could be as great as 200,000 physicians or 20 percent of the needed workforce.
The American Medical Association surveyed medical school deans and medical society leaders in 2003. The results indicated that 85 percent of the deans and medical society respondents said that they perceive shortages in a specialty or multiple specialties, and 44 percent in primary care. The majority cited no plans to expand programs and four schools have reduced class size or have plans to do so.
There are 13
medical schools in
It is most
difficult to find physicians, especially in primary care, in underserved areas
Touro has letters of support from community organizations, hospitals, elected officials, the NYC and NYS Osteopathic Associations, the NYS Chapter of the American Family Practitioners in Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, and NYC hospitals that are developing rotations for students of this school.
A canvass was
conducted of all institutions in the Metropolitan Region and the medical schools