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Touro University College of Medicine

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Touro University College of Medicine
MottoAdvancing health care through science, compassion and caring.
ActiveApril 16, 2007–2009
DeanPaul M. Wallach, M.D.
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Touro University College of Medicine was a proposed medical school to be based out of Hackensack, New Jersey. Its hospital affiliate was to be Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC). The medical school disbanded in December 2009.

The school was established on April 16, 2007, with Paul M. Wallach, M.D. named as its founding dean.[1] The first proposed location of the school was on the campus of the former Pascack Valley Hospital (PVH) in Westwood, New Jersey, which had closed after declaring bankruptcy in November 2007. HUMC had acquired the PVH property on February 27, 2008, in an auction for $45 million in a joint bid with Touro.[2]

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For the school to have become accredited and begin to admit students, it needed to undergo a site visit by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).[3] This was scheduled a year in advance for a visit in March 2008, but HUMC and Touro did not close on the newly purchased Pascack Valley Hospital property until April 30, 2008. As the LCME requires that potential medical schools own their property, the school could not have been accredited at that time.[4][5] In September 2008, Touro backed out of their deal with HUMC, proposing instead to open their medical school in Hasbrouck Heights,[6] while HUMC independently opened a satellite emergency department on the Westwood campus, called Hackensack University Medical Center North at Pascack Valley on October 1, 2008.[7]

On December 22, 2009 Touro College and University System announced it had abandoned its plan for the new school choosing instead to purchase the New York Medical College, in Valhalla, New York, for $60 million.[8]

2016 Touro Corporation seeks accreditation to open Touro Dental College in New York using state appropriated grant funding intended to improve higher educational services in New York.

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  1. "Touro University College of Medicine Calls Hackensack Home". May 2, 2007. Archived from the original on May 7, 2008. Retrieved February 19, 2010. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "Hospital, med school win Pascack Valley auction", The Record, Bergen County, NJ, February 28, 2008, archived from the original on July 8, 2008, retrieved October 10, 2008 Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "LCME: Accreditation Procedures". October 15, 2009. Retrieved February 19, 2010.
  4. Washburn, Lindy (July 14, 2008), "Opening of medical school in Westwood delayed", The Record, Bergen County, archived from the original on August 3, 2008, retrieved August 6, 2008
  5. Lipowsky, Josh (October 10, 2008), "Touro Med to set up shop in Hasbrouck Heights, not Hackensack", Jewish Standard, retrieved January 29, 2009
  6. "Med school plans dropped", The Record, Bergen County, NJ, September 25, 2008, archived from the original on September 29, 2008, retrieved October 10, 2008 Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "ER returns to Westwood hospital", The Record, Bergen County, NJ, October 1, 2008, archived from the original on October 5, 2008, retrieved October 10, 2008 Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. Rozycki, Bob (December 22, 2009), "Touro College takes over New York Medical College", Westchester County Business Journal, retrieved February 19, 2010

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