Friday, July 3, 2009

Judaic Principles

One of the benefits of attending a school founded with Judaic principles in mind, is all the holidays and days exempt from examinations. The calendar was just released for the 2009-2010 school year and in September alone we have Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Tzom Gedaliah - producing 2 days where exams may not be administered, and 5 days the university is closed. There is a nice weekend on which Kit may be able to come up and visit. It is also right after an exam block, so the timing is good. Also, it looks like the set date for the White Coat Ceremony is August 23rd in the afternoon - the college of pharmacy and the college of medicine are both having their ceremonies that day. The below is where ceremonies usually take place - does it not look a bit like UCSD?

Some other programs at Touro, in addition to Pharmacy and Osteopathic Medicine, are for Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Master of Public Health, and Master of Arts Education programs for teachers. Also, according to the Osteopathic Medical School booklet from last year, Touro is expecting to enroll 135 students for the freshman class. My science classes at UCSD were almost never that small - usually twice as many students per lecture hall. Touro still doesn't have the class finalized unfortunately, so I cannot see the demographics yet - I want to see how we measure up GPA and MCAT-wise to previous classes, and which were the feeder schools. Here are the statistics from last year, if anyone is curious.

Here is also a Photo Tour of the campus. They were very wise to take the photos on a rare sunny day in the bay - we all know the San Francisco Bay Area is not the sunniest place on earth.

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