Medical EducationEditorial

A Path to Osteopathic Distinction: The Touro California GROUPIE Program

Michael Clearfield, DO
Notes and Affiliations
Notes and Affiliations

Accepted: August 10, 2016

Published: August 1, 2017

J Osteopath Med; 117(8): 488-494

Given the lack of evidence based outcomes articles demonstrating the osteopathic difference, the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA (TUCOM) in Vallejo initiated a prospective outcomes based program in 2010 with the objective of showing what may distinguish TUCOM graduates. The acronym for the program – GROUPIE – represents 7 distinct and measurable outcomes that can help define the unique and distinctive skills of TUCOM graduates as health care providers: Global health, Research, Osteopathic manipulative medicine and obesity, handheld Ultrasonography, Public health, Interprofessionalism, and Empathy. In this Editorial, the author describes the program.

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