New Medical School Opens in Harlem

The Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, located across the street from the Apollo Theater in Harlem, is the first new medical school to open in New York State in the past 30 years. The Touro medical school states that it “was founded to improve medical care in the Harlem community and increase the number of minorities practicing medicine.” It is the first osteopathic medical school in the United States whose primary mission is to increase the number of blacks and other minorities in the field.

The school is located in a 100,000-square-foot building which used to be a department store in the heart of Harlem. The inaugural class has 135 students.