About CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM)
The California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine (CHSU-COM) is the first program of its kind in the Central Valley. The CHSU medical school hopes to recruit, train, and retain physicians to serve the local community, especially the underserved population.
The CHSU-COM has been granted pre-accreditation status by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, the only accrediting agency for pre-doctoral osteopathic medical education recognized by the United States Department of Education.
John Graneto, DO, MEd, serves as Vice President of Health Affairs and Dean of the CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.
“Our medical school at California Health Sciences University has the distinction of being the third College of Osteopathic Medicine in California. Osteopathic physicians are more likely to work in underserved areas and tend to enter primary care practices in great need, such as family and internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics. With the shortage of Central Valley physicians, CHSU medical school graduates will make a huge impact on the community delivering much needed health care,” says Dr. Graneto.
Students in the CHSU-COM four-year Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program spend the first two years learning from a modified, two-pass systems-based curricular model. Realistic patient scenarios with scientific principles, problem-solving, active-learning, and clinical practice are integrated throughout the curriculum. Other unique curricular components include medical knowledge, osteopathic manipulative medicine, clinical skills, nutrition as medicine, and patient-centered care.
In years three and four, CHSU-COM students gain hands-on experience through clinical clerkships in regional hospitals, clinics, and health care facilities with qualified health care providers. Students rotate through 4- to 8-week clerkships in family medicine, internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, behavioral medicine, emergency medicine, and more.
With gorgeous views of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the three-story College of Osteopathic Medicine building opened in 2020 and incorporates innovative technology throughout. The facility features large classrooms, an Osteopathic Skills lab, a library, plentiful private and collaborative study spaces, a spacious student lounge with Teaching Kitchen, and a Simulation Center.
The Simulation Center includes an inpatient area that resembles a hospital environment and an outpatient area that is like a clinic or doctor’s office. The innovative Simulation Center was meticulously planned to maximize interactive learning.
The CHSU-COM has matriculated an inaugural cohort of 79 students in 2020, a second cohort of 120 students in 2021 and a third cohort of 157 students in 2022. The fourth cohort of approximately 150 medical students will begin classes in July 2023.
About California Health Sciences University (CHSU)
California Health Sciences University (CHSU) is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Founded in 2012 by the Assemi family, CHSU offers a local option for medical school and seeks to help remedy the shortage of health care providers in the Central Valley. CHSU students and faculty can enjoy an affordable cost of living and plentiful career opportunities in the Central Valley.
In addition to the medical school, CHSU’s 4-year Doctor of Pharmacy program remains open with ACPE candidate status through 2024.
CHSU’s 110-acre campus site provides plenty of space for decades of expansion. The campus could ultimately approach 2,000 students and nearly 300 faculty and staff. Further development of the campus will occur in multiple phases, as new programs and colleges are added for postgraduate health education.