Translating Osteopathic Understanding into Community Health (TOUCH)

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TOUCH stands for “Translating Osteopathic Understanding into Community Health.”  

This is a program started by COSGP to encourage osteopathic medical student involvement in community service activities. TOUCH encourages us to observe a basic tenet of osteopathic philosophy: a commitment to improving the health of our communities through service.

Osteopathic medical students complete TOUCH approved events in the community and submit their hours to a national database. Recognition is given to students who achieve 50 hours, 100 hours, or the most hours on a campus in a given year.

Examples of TOUCH approved events include volunteer medical services, political advocacy, and global outreach.


  • Platinum: Each school has a top participant who receives the Platinum-level recognition.
  • Gold: Students who complete 100 hours over the year receive a Gold-level recognition.
  • Silver: Students who complete 50 hours over the year receive a Silver-level recognition.

Register your service hours with our TOUCH portal.

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