Frequently Asked Questions


All things Touro


All of your lectures are available for you 24/7 online. This is great because it allows you to go at your own pace. In class time is set up with quiz style clicker questions worth 10% of your grade. Each week fluctuates with the number of videos/hours of videos you’re required to watch, so plan accordingly and rely on mentors to help guide you.


Everyone studies differently. Some people will like to re-watch videos, others study from notes, and others use PowerPoints. Use the first couple of months to experiment and find what’s best for you. Be sure to contact your student and faculty mentors for any advice. Also, set up an appointment with our wonderful learning specialist Hope Brennan to maximize your study strategies

What board prep resources does the school provide?

  • First Aid in OMS-1

  • Sketchy Medical in OMS-2

  • COMBANK in OMS-2

subject to change as per administration

What's it like to live in Middletown?

  • Easy on campus housing available, or plenty of off campus apartments

  • Lots of hiking trails available, restaurants, microbreweries, wineries, and more

  • Free YMCA membership for all Touro students!


Touro provides free YMCA memberships to students. There are many classes you can participate in and other sports available depending on the schedule. If YMCA doesn’t fit your standards there are many other gyms you can check out (Anytime Fitness, Ayo Fitness, Planet Fitness, and Crunch)

How do I get involved?

  • SGA Committees

    • Touch, Social, Wellness, Diversity, Student Ambassadors, Clinical Rotations

  • Clubs -- visit our club page to find contacts and a list of all our amazing clubs

  • Social Media

    • Instagram @touromiddletownsga and @tourocom

WHAT DO I NEED TO BUY before coming?

Generally speaking, you don't have to buy anything until you arrive. Most of the 'required' books are not so required, or are accessible through the school website. Many upperclassmen also sell their books cheaply on the Housing Buying & Selling Facebook page. The requirements for other equipment, such as stethoscopes, reflex hammers, or tuning forks may change with each new year so hold off on buying anything until you arrive. The only recommended item to purchase before the semester begins are scrubs, and a box of Nitrile gloves.


While there is a bus service,, it is not used that often by most students. A vehicle is highly recommended, but not required. Many students who do not have a vehicle find rides from their friends quite easily, since most people go to buy groceries around the same time (Mondays, after exams for example).

I've been accepted early, can I join in on student events?

Yes! As a new student, you are part of the Touro family and you are welcome to join in on any of the activities or events we have throughout the semester. Add yourself to the Middletown Osteopathic Facebook page for the most up to date information on student life. Just let Mr. Frank Rose or Mr. Thomas Buskey of the Office of Admissions know so that you are expected.

What are TOUCH hours?

Translating Osteopathic Understanding into Community Health (TOUCH) is a national initiative of the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP). This program encourages osteopathic medical students to engage in service throughout their community in order to impact those outside of osteopathic medical students and professionals. The purpose of the program is to expand osteopathic ideals and principles to those unaware of our profession’s values.

In accordance with the osteopathic philosophy of treating the whole patient, service goes beyond mere health promotion and can include a wide array of involvement that has a strong positive impact on peoples’ lives.

Email if you have any other questions.

Where can I ask more questions?

If you have been accepted, add yourself to our Facebook pages! Be sure to have your acceptance letter ready and forward it to so that we can confirm you are a student here.

Wondering what a typical day as a first year medical school student looks like at Touro? Check out a sample calendar! Note: Classes are not generally held via Zoom, but due to COVID-19 some of our classes were temporarily moved to an online format. Exams are typically only on Mondays, but sometimes will fall on a Monday and Friday as in this case.