Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Second Class Lands Top Residencies at Prestigious Hospitals Nationwide

Date: March 21, 2012
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New York, N.Y. – Many of the graduating seniors at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) in Harlem have landed top residencies for next year, it was announced today by Dean Robert Goldberg, DO. Over half of the 135 students in the class of 2012 will enter primary care residencies - a cornerstone of the school‟s mission.

Thus far, 126 students have been successfully matched, with over half entering primary care, which includes family practice, internal medicine, and pediatrics. The remaining students will be working in a variety of specialties including OB/GYN, pathology, radiology, psychiatry, neurology, anesthesiology, surgery, and emergency medicine, among others.

“The performance of our students has been outstanding,” said Dr. Goldberg. “They have landed residencies in some of the most competitive and sought-after programs in the country. This shows the muscle that TouroCOM has in preparing its graduates to serve people in need. We are very proud of them.”

Students secured spots in top residency programs in prestigious hospitals across the country, including the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md.; New York University Medical Center, St. Luke‟s-Roosevelt Hospital, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Einstein/Beth Israel Hospital, and Lenox Hill Hospital in New York; and Westchester Medical Center.

“I am so happy, and so excited,” said An Dinh, a student who will become a resident in psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and who was born and raised in Japan. Ms. Dinh, who attended the University of California at San Diego prior to TouroCOM, said she plans to seek a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry following her residency. “I would love to work with an underserved population,” she said.

Sunberri Murphy, a graduate of the University of California, Davis and a native of Los Angeles, was similarly pleased with her match in anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins, after which she plans to complete a fellowship and enter academic medicine. “I am incredibly happy,” she said. “I knew from the moment I walked into Johns Hopkins on my interview day that I belonged there.”

Although the TouroCOM students will all become osteopathic physicians, they were eligible to apply for both allopathic (M.D.) and osteopathic (DO) residencies. Approximately half the class participated in last week‟s allopathic residency “Match Day,” the annual ritual when most medical students nationwide learn where they will continue their medical training as residents. The remaining half participated in the osteopathic “Match Day” and learned about their residencies in February.

The allopathic residency „matches‟ are made by the National Resident Matching Program and the osteopathic matches by the National Matching Services (NMS). Both organizations use computerized mathematical algorithms to align the preferences of applicants with those of residency program directors. NRMP residencies are open to students at both allopathic and osteopathic medical schools. The NMS residencies are open only to DO students.

Kenneth J. Steier, DO, MPH, MHA and clinical dean at TouroCOM, added: "Resident selection is based predominantly on the student‟s performance while on rotations at the hospitals, as well as their national board scores. This selection of TouroCOM students for top national residency programs reflects well on Touro."

This year marks the second year that TouroCOM students have participated in the matches. Opened in Harlem in fall 2007, Touro took the bold move to open the medical school to address the disproportionately low numbers of minorities in medicine, and to confront the lack of interest in primary care. In the 2012 class, approximately 15 percent are underrepresented minorities.

TouroCOM is dedicated to mentoring students as soon as they begin their medical education. The deans and faculty work closely with the students to ensure that they receive a rigorous, hands-on medical education, as well as offer many programs that allow students to interact directly with the community. This exposure ultimately guides students through the process of successfully landing residencies at top institutions.

TouroCOM advances the osteopathic profession and serves its students and society by providing a firm educational foundation that encourages research and scholarly activity and participation in community service. The College functions as an integral part of the New York City/Harlem community, working with local schools and other colleges and universities to promote the study of medicine, encourage continuing development, increase educational opportunities and deliver medical services in a variety of community settings. In addition to its focus on primary care, the College emphasizes the promotion of wellness from prenatal through geriatric care. For further information visit: