Translating Osteopathic Understanding into Community Health is a national initiative of the Council of Osteopathic Student Council Presidents (COSGP). A minimum completion of fifty hours of community service will be required to receive credit for the voluntary program. Any student who completes the TOUCH requirements is eligible for rewards including national acknowledgement at the COSGP conference and a lapel pin. Mention of the accomplishment will also be included in one's Dean's Letter. The required hours must be completed within one academic year. No credit will be given for planning a community service activity or administrative tasks (such as registering students for events, paperwork). TOUCH credit will only be given for fundraising if it is associated with an actual activity/event. Simply collecting money for a philanthropic cause will not suffice as an "activity/event." The TOUCH committee will grant or deny credit toward TOUCH hours based on the defined parameters. All submissions must be initialed by a supervisor or administrator for which community services were rendered. All students MUST submit their hours electronically within 30 days of the event, and also must submit the paper form by March 20th, 2013.
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