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About CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM)

Aligned with the University mission, CHSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) is the first program of its kind in the Central Valley and hopes to recruit, train and retain physicians to serve the local community, especially the underserved population.

The University is progressing through 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, serves 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.

“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, such as family and internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics, where the greatest physician shortages exist,” states Dr. Graneto, “with the lack of physicians we have here in the Central Valley, launching the CHSU medical school will make a huge impact on the community as our future graduates will help to alleviate the deficit of health care providers.”

The CHSU COM program is a four year Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program where students 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 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 rotate through 4 to 8 week clerkships in areas including: family medicine, internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, behavioral medicine, emergency medicine and more.

The new, three-story COM building on CHSU’s expanded campus provides the Deans, faculty, and medical students with state-of-the-art, innovative technology. The new medical school has three large classrooms, an OMM lab, library, plentiful private and collaborative study spaces, a spacious student lounge with Teaching Kitchen, Simulation Center and beautiful views of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

CHSU Simulation Center has an In-Patient Lab that’s modeled to resemble the hospital environment and an Out-Patient Lab that’s designed to resemble a clinic or doctor’s office. The innovative CHSU Simulation Center was meticulously planned to enhance the interactive learning needs of today’s students, particularly concerning the foundations of medical and clinical wisdom.

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new COM building is planned for April 1, 2020 and the inaugural class of 75 medical students will matriculate in July 2020.


About California Health Sciences University (CHSU)

California Health Sciences University was founded in 2012 and is the first university of its kind in the Central Valley. Envisioned by the Assemi family, CHSU offers a local option for those seeking to attend pharmacy or medical school and to help remedy the shortage of health care services offered in the Valley. Students can enjoy the unique combination of high quality of life, affordable cost of living, and plentiful career opportunities the Central Valley provides. CHSU plans to open up to 10 post-graduate colleges to train health care professionals in the coming years. The timing and specific discipline for each new school will be determined based on the need and opportunity for job placement within the region.