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New York Medical College and Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Establish Agreement for Admissions Interviews

Arrangement Creates Guaranteed Interviews for Qualified NYMC Master’s Students Applying to TouroCOM’s New York Medical Schools

Date: January 18, 2019
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Jennifer Riekert, M.B.A.
Vice President of Communications and Strategic Initiatives
New York Medical College
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Barbara Franklin, M.S., M.S.L.
Director of Communications
Touro College & University System
(646) 942-8411

Valhalla, N.Y. – The Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences (GSBMS) at New York Medical College and the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) have announced a new agreement that will guarantee admissions interviews for GSBMS master’s students or graduates who wish to apply to TouroCOM’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) programs.

The agreement covers both the Harlem and Middletown campuses of TouroCOM. Eligible students will be required to have met certain performance benchmarks including MCAT scores and academic performance. 

Current and future students in numerous GSBMS master’s programs are covered under the agreement: the Accelerated Master’s Program; the two-year discipline-based master’s programs within each of the basic sciences departments; and the two-year interdisciplinary Basic Medical Sciences Master’s Program.

“We are excited about the opportunity to provide a defined path into medicine for high-achieving GSBMS master’s students. This partnership will help our students achieve their career goals,” said Marina K. Holz, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences.

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Harlem opened in 2007, the first medical school to open in New York State in nearly 30 years and the first osteopathic medical school with a special emphasis on training underrepresented groups in the medical profession. TouroCOM promotes a mission of public service and research while training physicians to work in underserved communities.  The Middletown campus, added in 2014, features one of the nation’s first virtual holographic training centers. The expansion to Middletown is improving the region’s healthcare system, providing new education and career pathways for local residents and driving economic growth throughout the area.

“TouroCOM is proud to partner with the GSBMS of NYMC.  We believe that this affiliation will help quality graduate students have the opportunity to pursue a career in medicine,” said Kenneth Steier, DO, executive dean & chief academic officer for TouroCOM.

Said David A. Forstein, DO, dean and professor at TouroCOM Harlem: “At TouroCOM we promote a diverse student body, and we believe that this agreement will increase the visibility of the College of Osteopathic Medicine within the community of graduate students at NYMC.”

New York Medical College

Founded in 1860, New York Medical College is one of the oldest and largest health sciences colleges in the country with nearly 1,500 students and 330 residents and clinical fellows, more than 2,600 faculty members and 23,200 living alumni. The College, which joined the Touro College and University System in 2011, is located in Westchester County, New York, and offers degrees from the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, the School of Health Sciences and Practice, as well as a school of dental medicine and a school of nursing. NYMC provides a wide variety of clinical training opportunities for students, residents, and practitioners.

About the Touro College and University System

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 19,200 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 30 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: www.touro.edu/news