A rendering shows what the upcoming College of Osteopathic Medicine in Clovis will look like when it’s completed, projected for spring 2020.

published on December 18, 2018 - 9:49 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The Central Valley’s first four-year medical school has received the OK to accept applications from students.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine at California Health Sciences University in Clovis received the news following a Nov. 30 meeting of the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine at CHSU also has the distinction of being the 35th such-accredited school in the nation.

“We are exceedingly proud to hold the distinction of being the first, four-year medical school in the Valley,” stated Dr. John Graneto, dean of the CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. “We are now recognized as the 3rd Osteopathic Medical school in California and students can apply to our program starting May 3, 2019, when the application cycle opens.”

There will be 75 students in the program’s first year, with the student body expected to grow up to 600 students in the program at one time.

Come May 3, 2019, applications can be made through the online centralized application service, AACOMAS, hosted by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. Accepted students will begin the program in July 2020.

“In just two years, we have fast tracked our medical school at CHSU so we can begin to remedy the severe shortage of physicians here in the Valley,” stated Flo Dunn, President of CHSU. “We want people in our community to have the access to health care that they deserve, especially the underserved population.”

Construction of the new campus for California Health Sciences University began last May, and the College of Osteopathic Medicine building will be the first to be completed in spring 2020.

The three-story, state-of-the-art College of Osteopathic Medicine building will have a 21,000 square-foot simulation and clinical encounter lab, clinical skills lab and two large classrooms designed for team-based learning curriculum.

There will also be a teaching kitchen to ensure students and patients understand how to prepare healthy meals and the importance of proper diet in relation to good health.

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