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NEW YORK — The first new pharmacy school in New York in almost 70 years, and the only one in Manhattan, graduated its first class in a commencement ceremony at the New York Academy of Medicine on Friday.
The Touro College of Pharmacy, located in Harlem, announced the graduation of 63 students of the class of 2012. The school, part of the larger Touro College and University system, opened in 2008.
Students at the school undergo a "2+2" educational model that includes two years of instruction and two years of full-time experiential education. The college has established affiliations for students at 83 sites that include pharmacies, hospitals, community organizations, public agencies and public insurance organizations. The school says its mission is to improve public health by educating a diverse student body that will serve underrepresented communities and work to minimize health disparities.