Educating caring healthcare and education professionals to serve, to lead, to teach.
Touro University Nevada was established to help address critical needs in health care and education, and as a resource for community service in the state of Nevada. A non-profit, private institution affiliated with an international system of higher education, the university opened its doors in 2004 with 78 medical students. Today, TUN is home to more than 1,300 students in a wide range of degree programs in allied health sciences and education, as well as osteopathic medicine. Many of these programs are the first of their kind in the state of Nevada. The TUN campus is also home to both a full-service patient health clinic, staffed by practicing faculty members, and a multidisciplinary Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. In addition to serving the community through care, both facilities serve as on site learning laboratories for students across the disciplines. **Posting of marketing messages, advertising commercial entities, political messages, or for-profit events is not encouraged on this page. Please refrain from posting information/links/flyers that is not sponsored by TUN. This page is solely for Touro University Nevada related information.**
Mission: To provide quality educational programs in the fields of health care and education in concert with the Judaic commitment to social justice, intellectual pursuit, and service to humanity.
Today, the 2020 Class from the Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Master’s of Science in Medical Health Sciences (MHS) Program will celebrate their Commencement with a virtual ceremony! We are so incredibly proud of them.
Tune into our special live stream beginning at 1 p.m.! We recommend watching the live stream from the YouTube app.
Congratulations graduates on everything you’ve achieved. 🎓🎉🎓🎉🎓🎉
Happy Thursday, everyone. Even though our campus is closed, Touro University Nevada Admissions is still very much open to answer any questions you may have about our programs!
Make sure you schedule your Zoom meeting with one of our program managers today! :)
Congratulations to Dr. Meggan Murphy, who just graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine!
Meggan will begin her residency in pediatrics at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Congratulations, Dr. Murphy! We are very proud of you :)
Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth "Lizi" Klein, who recently graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine!
Lizi will be completing her first year of general surgery residency at The Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. Congratulations, Dr. Klein. We are so very proud of you! :)
On Memorial Day, we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
We'd like you meet Mackenzie Kent, who will soon begin her Touro journey in the Touro University Nevada- School of Occupational Therapy!
"Hi everyone! My name is Mackenzie Kent, and I'm originally from Las Vegas, although I've spent the last four years in Reno while I went to the University of Nevada, Reno. I earned a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis on Developmental Disabilities, and I'm incredibly excited to start this program with all of you!
I currently work at an emergency shelter for children, and love being able to get to know each child. For fun, I really love hiking, camping, cooking, reading, and volunteering with children. I've been a camp counselor for five years and love being outdoors. See you all in a few weeks!"
Good morning, everyone. We’d like you to meet Patricia Strobehn, an Assistant Professor in the Touro University Nevada School of Nursing.
Prof. Strobehn also works in the Adult Emergency Department at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada and has a special message to the healthcare workers keeping us safe during COVID-19.
“I would like to say thank you to all of the healthcare professionals and first responders out there for doing a fantastic job on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all rooting for you!”
Good morning, everyone. Our very own Dr. Karen Duus, Associate Professor in the Department of Basic Sciences, spoke with the Las Vegas Review-Journal about coronavirus in the summer time.
reviewjournal.com An expert says research suggests a combination of heat and humidity slows the spread of COVID-19, but studies have not looked at a dry, hot environment like the Southwest.
Wherever you are, we hope you are staying safe and healthy. The weather is beautiful, so make sure you spend some time outside.
And if you can, remember to wear your favorite Touro swag, like Victoria Lorah, a 3rd-year student in the Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine. 😁
Touro University Nevada's alumni, faculty, and students are on the frontlines fighting COVID-19 across the country.
Today, we’d like you to meet Dr. Stephanie Be, a 2016 graduate from the Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Be works in a pediatric urgent care in Boston, Mass. 💙💛
Good morning, everyone. Today, Nicole Guzolek from our MHS Program is here to tell you about her student experience during COVID-19.
"I’ve always been someone who studies best on campus because it easily separated my home and work mentalities. Merging the two during “Stay at Home” has been challenging, but is slowly becoming easier. I try to plan out my study schedule, set up Zoom group study sessions, and schedule quick check-ins with OASIS to help evaluate my productivity.
The extra time at home has meant I’ve been able to rediscover some hobbies. I’ve always enjoyed cooking and now I am trying a bunch of new recipes. It’s been fun to experiment with different ingredients that I wouldn’t normally buy, like artichoke hearts or beets. They’ve all been successful so far. I am also re-teaching myself to sew so I can make a T-shirt quilt from the stacks of sentimental old T-shirts in my closet. This situation is not how I imagined ending my year of MHS, but I am trying to remain positive and remind myself that I am building better study skills for the future and rediscovering things that I loved doing before school."
May 14, 2020
Dear Touro Campus Community:
It is our sincere hope that all of you are staying safe and healthy. We recognize that given Governor Sisolak’s announcement this past weekend that Nevada would begin moving toward reopening, there are many questions about the status of Touro Nevada and our plans to reintegrate the campus.
First and foremost, we want to thank each of you again for your continued efforts to Stay Home for Nevada and help us alleviate the spread of COVID-19 in our community. You have all collectively shown the resilience of our campus as we adapted well to online instruction and business operations.
TUN’s Roadmap to the New Normal
With the Governor’s move to Phase 1 for the State, we likewise are in the process of establishing Touro’s plan. The senior leadership has begun developing the TUN Roadmap to the New Normal, which will be the University’s phased-in plan to reintegrate the campus. This Roadmap plan is still being developed. Department chairs, school directors, and budget unit supervisors will be working on the various phases of the Roadmap for each unit; and there will be opportunities for the campus community to review, ask questions, and provide comments and suggestions throughout the process. Today, we want to provide the following update on our current status and future plans.
We feel it is very important to maintain our current status of having all instruction and business operations remain online with the campus facilities closed for the remainder of the academic year (June 30). The only exceptions to this current phase is for those previously identified essential employees to be on campus and to allow for a limited number of faculty and students producing COVID-19 test kits in the research lab or conducting COVID-19 related research, and for small groups of less than 10 students to be brought in over the next month for required lab instruction in CHHS which has been approved by the State. All other programming will remain remote and the campus facilities will remain closed.
As we begin to transition to subsequent phasing in of the campus, we are working closely with public health experts, state officials, and the Touro System. As the TUN Roadmap to the New Normal is being developed it is being guided by, and decisions are being made with, the following priorities and principles:
• The health and safety of the campus community are our top priority.
• The engagement, retention, progression, and success of our students are principal drivers of planning.
• Also of paramount importance is faculty engagement and academic success, including scholarly activities, research, and service.
• We must also address and strengthen the University’s outreach and how we engage with external partners and other stakeholders.
• The campus master plan, facilities, and utilization of campus resources must be included in ongoing planning efforts.
• We must ensure that future planning includes sustainable and strategic budgeting of resources; and
• The reintegration plan will be developed with appropriate phases and timelines.
Preparing for the New Academic Year
We recognize that the question on everyone’s mind is if we can return to regular activities at the start of the new academic year. Although we would like to provide the campus community with a definitive answer to this question, it would be premature given the fact that we continue to experience challenges related to COVID-19. We will welcome new and returning students to campus later this summer. What the makeup of online and on site programming looks like will heavily depend upon the outcome of our Roadmap planning. We must also remain fully prepared to adjust our planning as needed based on the current conditions at any given time as well as based on any restrictions or additional conditions imposed on us by the State of Nevada.
Regardless of exactly what the upcoming academic year ultimately looks like, we are prepared to support our employees, our students, and our community and to ensure our students receive the best possible academic experience.
Although there remain some uncertainties in the roadmap ahead, the one thing we are sure of is that our Touro Nevada campus community will remain committed, innovative, and thoughtful in the ways we act to support one another and keep moving forward to the new normal.
Thank you again for all you do to support Touro’s mission of service, leadership, and teaching.
Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost
Dr. Ray Alden, Provost
Since the end of March, Touro University Nevada's students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and School of Physician Assistant Studies have been on the COVID-19 frontlines to help the Las Vegas Valley's homeless populations.
In this story, you'll hear from 3 students about why they wanted to help during these uncertain times, and how their experiences will make them better physicians and healthcare providers in the future.
The Las Vegas Sun wrote a terrific story about our student-led #MedReady volunteer website and the university's efforts to help combat COVID-19 in our community; from providing screenings to the Las Vegas Valley's homeless populations; to donating medical-grade and surgical masks to our medical community, and so much more. :)
m.lasvegassun.com As the COVID-19 pandemic started to become more prevalent in Nevada, three medical school students at Touro University Nevada quickly responded to help serve Southern Nevada’s needs. By late March, they launched a website to gather student volunteers to ...
Good morning, everyone. Today, we have Dr. Derek Meeks, Vice Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, to tell you what a day in his emergency room is like during COVID-19.
Dr. Meeks is also the Director of the Emergency Department at Boulder City Hospital.
Good morning, everyone.
Across the country, Touro Nevada's students, faculty, and alumni are on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19. Today, Dr. Matthew McClain, a 2015 graduate from the School of Physical Therapy, shares his experience seeing COVID-19 patients in the ICU at a Level II trauma center in Sarasota, Florida.
"This experience has been very humbling for me as a professional and a person. I am continually impressed by the hard work and interdisciplinary team work at my hospital to put patients first and give them the best chance for survival. I have worked with my fair share of COVID (+) patients and it was intimidating at first especially seeing how other countries and New York got hit. Thanks to the skills I learned at Touro University Nevada, I have helped contribute to patients getting off ventilators (and faster), improved functional recovery and patients ultimately going home and/or to rehab. I am very blessed to be doing what I am doing to help others and wish everyone else stays safe!"
Happy Friday, everyone.
As National Nurses Week continues, we wanted to share the wonderful news that Drs. Judith Carrion and Dulce Santacroce from the Touro University Nevada School of Nursing have volunteered to make protective masks to help keep people safe during the fight against COVID-19.
We are happy to announce that Dr. Paul Rennie, Professor and Chair of the OMM Department in the Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been installed as President of the American Academy of Osteopathy!
A graduate of the Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine in Iowa, Dr. Rennie has chaired the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at Touro University Nevada for 11 years. He is board certified in NMM/OMM and in osteopathic family medicine. Dr. Rennie has dedicated himself to preserving the ideals of osteopathic medicine and is very active in the profession nationally.
Congratulations on this incredible honor, Dr. Rennie! :)
Good morning, everyone.
As National Nurses Week continues, we'd like you to meet Francine Clegg, Assistant Professor in the Touro University Nevada School of Nursing.
Prof. Clegg serves as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves and has been mobilized to help with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Good afternoon, everyone.
Today we have Parisun Shoga, one of the three student leaders who helped create the #MedReady website, to tell you about the site’s “Getting it Right” news section, where Touro students update #MedReady with the most accurate news and research as it pertains to COVID-19.
Remember to visit www.tun.touro.edu/medready to learn more about the volunteer services our students are offering. 😁
Today is the first day of National Nurses Week, and we wanted you to hear from Dr. Rhone D'Errico, Assistant Professor in the Touro University Nevada School of Nursing. Dr. D'Errico works in the emergency room at MountainView Hospital and was on the front lines during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"In these challenging times, it is a sincere honor to support the health of our community both by educating our future nurse practitioners, as well as practicing as a clinician on the front lines of the COVID-19 epidemic in the emergency department. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve my patients, students, and colleagues as both a practicing NP as well as an NP educator."
This Giving Tuesday, you can become a Touro Influencer by donating to TOURO PROVIDES. This campaign will help fund multiple important projects throughout the year. Recent examples include our #MedReady community network, COVID-19 volunteer efforts, and community PPE distribution.
You can become a Touro Influencer by making at donation at https://41209.thankyou4caring.org/touro-influencers
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This Giving Tuesday, we are asking you to become a Touro Influencer with one of our three campaigns to benefit the Touro University Nevada community.
TOURO SUPPORTS will go directly to the General Scholarship Fund. Our students and their families sacrifice a great deal to achieve their goals. Our students have a passion for making their community and world a better place, and every dollar a student receives in scholarship helps them get one step closer to that goal.
You can donate to https://41209.thankyou4caring.org/touro-influencers and become a Touro Influencer today! :)
Good morning, everyone. Today is Giving Tuesday, a special national day of giving dedicated to raising funds for immediate and impactful needs. We need you now more than ever.
A gift to TOURO LEARNS goes directly to fund student learning experiences. Your gift will help provide a meaningful educational experience to students whether remotely using high-tech teaching platforms or through simulated experiences.
You can make a donation at https://41209.thankyou4caring.org/touro-influencers and become a Touro Influencer today :)
Attention Touro Nevada alumni:
We would love to share your story as you work on the front lines to help keep everyone safe during COVID-19. As physicians, healthcare providers, and educators, our alumni are at the forefront of this fight, and we want to know about your personal experience.
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