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  • Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine Mare Island
  • Osteopathic Medical School
  • Vallejo
Individual Feedback 5 9 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

Response # Responders
2007 0
2008 0
2009 3
2010 2
2011 0
2012 1
2013 1
2014 1
2015 0
2016 0
2017 1
2018 0
2019 0
2020 0
2021 0
2022 0
2023 0
2024 0

Are you pursuing any joint degrees (MD/PhD, MD/MPH, etc.)?

Response # Responders
No 8
DO/PhD 0
MD/PhD 0

Are you considered in-state or out-of-state for tuition purposes?

Response # Responders
in-state 3
out-of-state 2
international 0
Not applicable 4

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 5
African American 1
Hispanic 0
Asian or Pacific Islander 0
Native American/ Native Alaskan 0
Other/Multiracial 2

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
2.56 9

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

What is the reputation of the school in the medical community?

Response Avg # Responders
3.11 9

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What is the reputation of the research that goes on at this school?

Response Avg # Responders
1.89 9

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
512 9

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.48 9

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.39 9

What was the zip code of your residence in high school?









What do you like most about this school?

"Located in northern California." | Report Response

"Beautiful campus, great classmates, MPH program makes the MPH very easy to obtain. Even though medical school is difficult, I believe they prepared me to succeed on match day. The program is wonderful." | Report Response

"Small, the faculty is available, and the administration is open to change." | Report Response

"student body" | Report Response

"absolutely nothing." | Report Response

"Location" | Report Response

"No student support. Terrible clinical rotations that are in no way standardized and very little correlation to training at higher level institutions." | Report Response

"There are a small number of exceptional people at Touro" | Report Response

"The student body." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"The poor education and the incompetence of the administration." | Report Response

"Administration needs to do more for the facilities plain and simple. Also, you're in Cali things are more expensive than other parts of the US." | Report Response

"Medical school is hard so any complaints about it would be because it is hard." | Report Response

"adminstration, clinical rotations" | Report Response

"1) The school does absolutely nothing for it's students. We had to arrange our own rotations, we had to recruit our own professors during the 3rd and 4th years. We were charged ridiculous fees. There is no accounting for where our 33,000 tuition goes. 2) the campus is pitiful. It's on an abandoned naval base and it looks like it just got hit by an atomic bomb. There is no landscaping, no fresh paint on the facilities, nothing. 3) The administration is corrupt 4) There is no diversity. There are very few to no black or hispanic students in the doctoral program. They also banned the gay and lesbian student group from campus 3 years ago and only reinstated their funding after the city of Vallejo threatened to withdraw support of the school. 4) they play musical chairs with their faculty. The school has not consistently had one dean or provost for longer than 2-3 years. ever. 5) The financial Aid office is run by novices who know very little about financial aid. There are no resources available to students, and the financial aid office is controlled by the New York Campus. All disbursements must go through New York first, so it takes 5x's longer to receive financial aid than necessary." | Report Response

"Organization" | Report Response

"The administration has their priorities completely out of line. They have no real interest in educating physicians but rather are seeking to make a profit at the expense of students." | Report Response

"The school offers little support to the students. Clinical exposure the first couple of years is minimal at best. The clinical education department is terribly run. They are unfamiliar with rotation sites are poorly available for assistance and send students to abysmal sites. Touro provides no professional guidance. The program does not appear to be run by professionals. It is a corporation with greater interest in collecting tuition, with little interest in providing a quality education." | Report Response

"The clinical education department." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"Professors and students DO publish research, quite often. The administration does do a lot for students, but as you can see the posts below are very old and things have changed since then." | Report Response

"For a small school, there is quite a lot of research that happens. Our professors and our students publish quite a bit." | Report Response

"The school is not supportive of students, it is run by corrupt administration, most of the osteopathic faculty are quacks, and students must basically teach themselves medicine for four years. DO NOT GO TO TOURO UNIVERSITY!!!!!!!!" | Report Response

"none" | Report Response

"Clinical education a serious problem. Rotations difficult to arrange. School provides no support to students." | Report Response


How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 7
Traditional 0

How many courses are taken at a given time?

Response # Responders
1 0
2 0
3 2
4 2
5 2
6 0
7 0
8 0
9 0
10 0

How long are you typically in class per day?

Response # Responders
<1 hour 0
1-2 hours 0
2-3 hours 0
3-4 hours 1
4-5 hours 1
5-6 hours 3
6> hours 1

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Response # Responders
Video recording 3
Free note taking service 0
Fee-based note taking service 0
Powerpoint slides provided only 3
None 2

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

Response # Responders
1 4
2 3
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0

How many students per cadaver?

Response # Responders
Prosections only 0
1-2 0
3-4 2
5-6 5
7-8 0
>8 0

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

Response # Responders
3 months 0
6 months 1
9 months 2
12 months 3
24 months 1

Is the curriculum lecture-centric or small-group centric?

Response Avg # Responders
2.75 8

0 = 100% lecture, 10 = 100% small group

Are standardized patients used?

Response # Responders
yes 8
no 0

How much patient interaction is there in the pre-clinical years?

Response Avg # Responders
2.88 8

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 5
no 3

What books are necessary?

"Lots of the books are shared between students or are at the library so you don't have to buy them (and might save some money) but I used most of my books." | Report Response

"Tough question. Each student is different and if I were to do it over again, I would not have purchased most of them and used library copies." | Report Response

"The school provides a required and recommended book list. Some really useful texts are robbin's basic pathology, clinically oriented anatomy, harrison's internal medicine, mosby's guide to physical examination" | Report Response

Is the curriculum designed to promote a specialty? If so, which specialty?

"The curriculum is not adequate to prepare students for practice in any field of medicine." | Report Response

"Primary care, but it's not like shoved down your throat or anything." | Report Response

"The mission of Touro is focused on creating primary care doctors in Northern California. You could say that the school is pushing primary care, but with nothing to compare it to, I would have to say no specialty is being promoted." | Report Response

"no" | Report Response

"No we have no specialty advisors or faculty." | Report Response

"There is minimal professional guidance. There are very few practicing physicians teaching during the first two years." | Report Response

"Primary care." | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
5.75 8

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
8.50 8

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
1.88 8

0 = Non-existent, 10 = Extensive & convenient

Is a car necessary at any point during your education here?

Response # Responders
Pre-clinical years 0
Clinical years 1
All years 6
No 0

If a car is required for education, how available and convenient is the parking provided to students?

Response Avg # Responders
6.50 8

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 7

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
3.13 8

0 = terrible, 10 = great

What percentage of your medical school classmates would you estimate live on campus, if on-campus housing is available?

Response Avg # Responders
2.00 8

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 6

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 5
no 2

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
4.50 8

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable
Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
2.00 8

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

How is the cost of living (rent, food, bills, etc.)?

Response Avg # Responders
3.13 8

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
2.00 8

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Response # Responders
Need-based 4
Merit-based 0
Both 1


Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
4.88 8

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

Are faculty members very available to students via email/message board?

Response Avg # Responders
5.75 8

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

Are there many opportunities to shadow/work with clinical faculty?

Response Avg # Responders
3.63 8

0 = none, 10 = lots

Are the faculty willing to mentor students in regards to career guidance?

Response Avg # Responders
3.75 8

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 7
no 1

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"With a few exceptions, faculty are terrible." | Report Response

"I thought the faculty was great and they always seemed to really care about how all of us were doing inside and outside of the classroom." | Report Response

"Faculty consists of a wide range of PhD and MD/DO. Some speak English well, some not so much. Some give great lectures and some not so much." | Report Response

"The faculty is very diverse and helpful. There is a good ratio between faculty and students in small group sessions." | Report Response

"Mediocre" | Report Response

"Average" | Report Response

"Faculty during pre-clinical years is halfway decent. Some very caring people work for the school and teach pre-clinical classes." | Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"With a few exceptions, rotations have zero educational value." | Report Response

"It depends on which rotation site you go to, but I have always had good or great instructional faculty." | Report Response

"Do not know yet. It will also very because we use many different sites for rotations." | Report Response

"N/A" | Report Response

"Poor" | Report Response

"The is no "clinical faculty" per se. There is a random collection of preceptors who have little to no incentive to teach students in a clinical setting." | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
1.63 8

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
2.25 8

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
2.13 8

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
3.50 8

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
2.25 8

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
1.25 8

0 = far away, 10 = close

How are clinical rotations scheduled? What are the required rotations?

"It's not so much the scheduling but the location that is the issue. We rotate at various locations throughout California (and a few rotation sites in NY and PA but those are all inclusive rotations meaning you stay there for about 1 year)." | Report Response

"Students apply for their schedules and have the typical rotations and options for 2 electives in their 3rd year." | Report Response

"Poorly. Touro spends less than the bare minimum on Clinical education and it is apparent." | Report Response

"Student must do a tremendous amount of work to arrange and schedule their rotations. The school will make it difficult to arrange rotations successfully. Students must travel from state to state on a monthly basis to satisfy their monthly rotations." | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"Depends, also why I was hesitant to say how far the clinical sites were from campus. The Touro network has hospitals across the country. TU Cal has most in Northern California, but you can do all year in PA or NY. Also you can do elective rotations outside the country as a part of their global health program." | Report Response

"Varies from each location." | Report Response

"unsure" | Report Response

"Varies." | Report Response

Social Environment

Do students do a lot of activities outside of school together?

Response Avg # Responders
5.63 8

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
5.63 8

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
5.88 8

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
7.38 8

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
3.50 8

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual students?

Response Avg # Responders
3.63 8

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
3.75 8

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 8

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for older/non-traditional students?

Response Avg # Responders
5.88 8

0 = no, 10 = very

What do the students typically like to do in the area?

"There's a lot to do indoors and outdoors. My personal favorites were visiting SF, Napa, and hiking." | Report Response

"In the immediate area, nothing. A lot of students enjoy going to San Francisco to study, hang out, eat, and party." | Report Response

"Play sports, shop, eat, go to San Francisco" | Report Response

Post Graduation

How do graduates from this school fare in residency and clinical practice?

"Horribly." | Report Response

"They do really well. I think that having to find some preceptors during our clinical years better prepares us to find and apply for residencies." | Report Response

"Unofficially, we have the highest placement into California residencies of any school in the nation." | Report Response

"not sure" | Report Response

"Depends on how proactive they are. Our programs depends completely on what you put into your education. Nothing more nothing less. Our school provides next to nothing in guidance, education, or true training." | Report Response

"?" | Report Response

"Remarkably well, considering the total lack of support given to students in applying to residency programs." | Report Response

What do you believe residency directors think about graduates from this program?

"They should never consider a Touro CA graduate for any position." | Report Response

"Residency directors know this is a good program and we produce good physicians." | Report Response

"Do not know at this time." | Report Response

"not sure" | Report Response

"I have spoken to several who always questions students for this school because they know how easy it is to walk through 4 years doing next to nothing/getting no real standardized, rigorous training," | Report Response

"?" | Report Response

"Hard working. Tough. Not complainers. Know how to teach themselves. Self-motivated." | Report Response

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