The Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine is located in the northeast part if San Francisco Bay, on Mare Island. Touro University California is an international institution based in New York, with branches in Irael and the Russian Federation. The mission of TUCOM California is to train Osteopathic, family practice physicians to help meet the need for primary care practitioners in California and throughout the country. Though preventative medicine and primary care are emphasized, graduates are also prepared to enter residency programs that train osteopathic specialists. Patient contact begins in the first year, and clinical training takes place at sites throughout the greater Bay Area including hospitals, clinics, and physicians' offices. Students have the opportunity to experience both urban and rural patient populations.