California's Newest Medical School Opens Doors to First Class
Inaugural Class to Begin July; Arrowhead Regional Medical Center to Serve
as Teaching Hospital
(San Bernardino, CA – July 12, 2018) – The new California University
of Science and Medicine, School of Medicine (CUSM School of Medicine)
welcomes its inaugural class of 60 future physicians with the start of
medical school classes this July.
CUSM students will participate in a “White Coat Ceremony” on
July 22 to mark the beginning of their medical careers as they take their
Hippocratic Oath. As a group, the incoming class holds an outstanding
average MCAT percentile ranking of 89% and are in the top quartile of
their respective graduating classes from top universities in the nation.
With a goal to provide opportunities for students from underserved areas,
the class includes 20% of students from the Southern California Inland
"To shape the future of medicine and to make a lasting impact for
generations to come, we must focus on those who are the future of medicine,"
said Dr. Prem Reddy, CUSM Founder and Chairman of the CUSM Board of Trustees.
“CUSM will help students learn the art and science of medicine as
they answer their calling to this noble profession.”
CUSM’s innovative, student-centered curriculum was developed from
the ground up and is centered on training physicians in a participatory
way that will prepare them to be innovative thinkers, collaborative clinicians
and critical problem solvers. The curriculum was developed by a majority
of MD and MD/PhD instructors who connect every lesson with its clinical
application in a case-based, presentation model. The university will provide
a strong medical education that will expose students to areas of focus
for the medical profession as it evolves with advancements in technology,
including biotechnology, biorobotics, immunotherapy and genomic medicine.
The university will also uniquely offer its curriculum to other medical
schools around the globe, at no cost, to share knowledge, develop connections
and improve healthcare in communities around the world. The curriculum
will be the first globally shared medical curriculum.
"Our new school will have a lasting impact not only on the current
shortage of physicians and limited medical school slots in our state,
but also on the wellness of those in our community and, through our global
sharing, potentially around the world," said Dr. Dev GnanaDev, founding
president of CUSM. "The medical school's affiliation with Arrowhead
Regional Medical Center and Prime Healthcare provides an exceptional clinical
training ground for future physicians. I thank Dr. Reddy, Prime Healthcare
Foundation, the County of San Bernardino and our talented faculty for
making all of this possible."
Dr. Reddy, through the Prime Healthcare Foundation and his family foundation,
has committed more than $60 million towards the establishment of CUSM.
Dr. Kavitha Bhatia, Chair of the Prime Healthcare Foundation and Vice
Chair of the CUSM Board of Trustees, recently unveiled a rendering of
CUSM’s future campus which will be constructed adjacent to its teaching
hospital, 456-bed Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, in Colton, CA. Through
a partnership with the Prime Healthcare Foundation, CUSM students will
also train within some of the 45 Prime Healthcare community-based hospitals
across the nation. Prime Healthcare is an award-winning health system
recognized for its clinical excellence, and students can experience the
practice of evidence-based medicine delivered in community hospitals.
“We are honored to be part of the mission of CUSM to make lasting
contributions to the advancement of medicine and improve healthcare for
all,” said Dr. Bhatia. “CUSM’s dedication to addressing
health disparities and the underserved, sharing its curriculum globally
to benefit the world, and its commitment to training physician leaders
who are dedicated to compassionate service is truly remarkable.”
About the California University of Science and Medicine
The California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM) is dedicated
to advancing the art and science of medicine through medical education
designed to inspire, motivate and empower students to become excellent
and caring physicians, scientists, and leaders. The CUSM School of Medicine
is a private, not-for-profit medical school led by a dynamic group of
medical educators, the majority of whom hold both MD and PhD degrees.
CUSM offers a unique curriculum and an active learning model that focuses
on the integration of the basic and clinical sciences in the context of
clinical cases. Students are organized into learning communities and benefit
from flipped-classroom pedagogy, labs, small-group learning, and clinical
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