Aligned with the University mission, CHSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) is the first program of it’s kind in the Central Valley and hopes to recruit, train and retain physicians to serve the local community, especially the underserved population.
The university has initiated the accreditation process with the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), the only accrediting agency for pre-doctoral osteopathic medical education recognized by the United States Department of Education.
John Graneto, DO, MEd, has been appointed as Dean of the CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to joining CHSU, Dr. Graneto served as Associate Dean and Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and his Master of Education (Health) at the University of Cincinnati.
“Currently, there are only two colleges of Osteopathic Medicine in California. Osteopathic physicians are more likely to work in underserved areas and tend to enter primary care practices, such as family and internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics, where the greatest physician shortages exist” states Dr. Graneto. He added “with the lack of physicians we have here in the Central Valley, launching the DO program will make a huge impact on the community as our future graduates will help to alleviate the deficit of health care providers.”
The University has received overwhelming community support from local leaders in education, hospital administration, the medical profession, public officials, and the business community during the medical school exploratory process.
The CHSU COM program is planned to be a four year Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program where students will spend the first two years learning from a modified two-pass systems-based curricular model in a team based learning (TBL) environment to improve knowledge, retention, and performance. This model integrates realistic patient scenarios with scientific principles, problem solving skills, active learning and clinical practice. Medical knowledge, osteopathic manipulative medicine, clinical skills, nutrition as medicine and patient-centered care are components of this unique curricular model.
In years three and four, COM students will gain hands-on experience through their clinical clerkships based at regional hospitals, clinics, and health care facilities with qualified local health care providers in the community. Students will rotate through 4 to 8 week clerkships in areas including: family medicine, internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, behavioral medicine, emergency medicine and more.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SEEKING ACCREDITATION
California Health Sciences University, College of Osteopathic Medicine is seeking accreditation with the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).
Visit COCA:COM Accreditation Standards and Procedures posted at www.aoacoca.org for more information.