TOURO UNIVERSITY CALIFORNIA RECOGNIZED FOR
PRODUCING MOST PRIMARY CARE CLINICIANS

Touro University California is pleased to announce that it has been named a 2012 “Hero” by the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) for producing the most primary care clinicians in California.

“It is a wonderful honor to be recognized for the work we do each day and to know that our efforts are essential to the success of so many organizations that provide patient care,” said Dr. Marilyn Hopkins, Provost and Chief Operating Officer at Touro University California. “This award is a testament of our continued success in making a difference in the world of primary care.”

The CPCA, a statewide leader and recognized voice representing the interests of California community clinics and health care centers, has been honoring “heroes” since 2001.  Each year, a “Hero” who has tirelessly championed the cause of healthcare is selected and recognized by the association.

 “We are pleased to recognize Touro University for their work to recruit students from diverse backgrounds and producing the most primary care clinicians in the state of California,” said CPCA President and CEO Carmela Castellano-Garcia. “CPCA acknowledges and appreciates Touro University’s mission to educate the next generation of caring professionals to both serve in and to lead our community clinics and health centers in California.”

Touro University California was also listed in the 2012 Edition of U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 graduate schools turning out the most primary care residents.

Message from Dr. Marilyn Hopkins, Provost and Chief Operating Officer
October 11, 2012

Dr. Michael Clearfield and I had the pleasant experience today of attending the California Primary Care Association  Annual Conference in San Francisco. At the conference luncheon, Touro University California received the organization’s Hero Award for graduating the most primary care clinicians in the state of California. The audience consisted of more than 600 people who lead, work, or create policy for community health organizations.  

It was a wonderful honor to be recognized for the work we do each day and know that our efforts are essential to the success of so many organizations that provide patient care. Congratulations to our faculty, staff, students, and alumni for making a difference in the world of primary care. 

Times-Herald Staff Report:

With a shortage of primary care physicians expected on the horizon, Touro University has been recognized for producing the most such physicians in California.

The California Primary Care Association gave the Vallejo university a 2012 “Hero” award.

The school has also gotten similar recognition from U.S. News and World Report in prior years. 

Touro dean of college of osteo-pathic medicine Michael Clearfield said the country has a “great need” for primary care providers which is only going to grow as the population ages.  Primary physicians are also needed due to the number of chronic diseases expected to proliferate in the future, Clearfield said. 

The high cost of medical school precludes students from entering this field and sends them more into medicine specialties, he added.  Primary care physicians, he added, are in great shortage throughout the country, including rural areas and inner cities.  “The number of people that are going to require medical care is going up at an extraordinary pace, but with that, the number of providers is not keeping pace, he said. 

Touro’s Provost and Chief Operating Officer Marilyn Hopkins called the designation a "wonderful honor.” 

The association is a statewide leader representing California community clinics and health care centers.

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