TCOM Orientation Information
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM)
TCOM Class of 2018 Orientation
Dates: July 14th-July 18th. Click HERE to access the Orientation Agenda.
Immunization requirements for ALL
UNTHSC students can be found here. You will receive an email with information about submitting your immunization records through Certphi, MyRecordTracker. Additionally, Tuberculosis Testing
(PPD) is provided annually through the Student Health Clinic Personnel.
The Student Health Clinic will notify your class via email with date, time and location details.
Booklists will be provided to you before classes begin usually 4 weeks prior to the first day of class. Here are a few guidelines which you may wish to consider as you purchase your textbooks:
 Consider buying used textbooks from current students at the beginning of each semester.
 Some of your textbooks might be available for free
through our campus library. If a textbook is available for free through
the library, the booklist will indicate that information. The complete list of TCOM books available electronically can be accessed HERE. Additionally, students can receive a 35% discount on several Thieme books. Click HERE for more information.
 Don’t be afraid to consult current students within your program for advice on textbooks and about the possibility of borrowing/buying their books.
 The Online Bookstore usually has enough of the required textbooks in stock. UNTHSC does not have an on-campus bookstore. However, we do offer an Online Bookstore for students to purchase or rent new and used textbooks: www.unthsc.bkstr.com
Additional offerings include Digital Textbooks and specially priced Microsoft and Adobe software.
Science Center and Alumni Association merchandise are also available for
purchase through the Online Bookstore. Shop the website to purchase
a t-shirt, car decal, coffee mug and much more!
Click HERE to access the Fall 2014 Booklist for TCOM Class of 2018!
Required HIPAA & CITI Training
All incoming TCOM students need to complete HIPAA Training. HIPAA Training will be available for completion during the week of orientation. Instructions on how to complete this training will be communicated via email.
All incoming TCOM students are required to complete CITI training prior to New Student Orientation. Be prepared to turn in your CITI training certificate of completion during New Student Orientation. Click here for more information regarding required trainings.
As a new TCOM student, you are required to complete a criminal background check prior to New Student Orientation. You will receive an email that instructs you on how to complete the background check. Click here to view the email notification. Please do not attempt to complete the background check until you receive the email.
If you need assistance locating your Student ID Number, please click here for instructions.
Note: You will not have access to the site to submit your background check until you have been officially accepted into the TCOM program.
You are required to keep your school-issued MacBook. You may not trade it or sell it. HERE
The following list is required medical equipment for incoming TCOM students:
- B.P. Cuff
- Reflex hammer or neurologic hammer
- Tuning fork -- 512 HZ & 128 HZ
- Diagnostic kit (includes otoscope and ophthalmoscope; panoptic ophthalmoscope recommended, otoscope should have a bulb for insufflations)
As a convenience, Welch Allyn will be on-campus with equipment available for purchase during New Student Orientation. Students are not required to purchase equipment from Welch Allyn, but should be prepared to purchase equipment the week of New Student Orientation as that it will be delivered in time for class use.
Alternatives are available at such websites as http://stethoscope.com/.
Pre-Matriculation workshops are not required but are highly recommended for incoming TCOM students. The workshops generally take place during the two weeks prior to New Student Orientation. The website for the Pre-Matriculation courses- Click HERE!
The full schedule, workshop descriptions, pricing and registration information will be available on the website.
You do not need to register for your classes. TCOM students are placed in their classes each semester.
TCOM Advisory College Information
The Advisory College Program is a mentoring network designed to promote greater interaction between faculty and students at TCOM. Each college serves as a learning community where faculty advisors facilitate curricular and co-curricular activities to develop skills which will aid medical students as future physicians.
As part of the program, medical students are placed into one of six colleges within TCOM where faculty members serve as advisors and mentors. Each college will work with students on activities to promote professionalism, wellness and professional development through one-on-one and group meetings.
Please visit the Advisory College website for more information:http://web.unthsc.edu/education/tcom/AdvisoryColleges.
Student Veterans Information
As we prepare for the upcoming school year, we would like to invite our incoming military affiliated students (veterans, reserve, active, etc.) to learn about the veteran and military-specific resources and opportunities that are available here at UNTHSC. The Division of Student Affairs will be hosting a lunch for the incoming military affiliated students on Thursday, July 16th from 12pm-1pm in the Atrium of the Carl E. Everett Education and Administration Building.
This time is designed to allow incoming students time to interact with staff members from the two primary offices within Student Services and Enrollment Services that support our military-affiliated students, clarify questions regarding paperwork and benefits, and connect with members of the UNTHSC Student Veterans Association.
If you will be able to attend, please send your RSVP to Emily.Mire@unthsc.edu by July 10th.