CHSU’s Proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine is Seeking Accreditation

About Us
About California Health Sciences University:

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 post-graduate and doctoral programs 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 Valley provides.

The College of Pharmacy was the first program offered because of the demand for pharmacists in the region. CHSU plans to open up to 10 post baccalaureate colleges to train health care professionals in the coming years.

John Graneto, DO, MEd, has been appointed as Dean of the CHSU proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine. The university has initiated the accreditation process with the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), the only accrediting agency for predoctoral osteopathic medical education recognized by the United States Department of Education. The CHSU proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine cannot solicit nor accept applications for students unless pre-accreditation is achieved.

Mission & Vision

CHSU PROPOSED COM MISSION

  • Inspiring diverse students from our region to commit to health care careers that serve our region.
  • Developing compassionate, highly trained, intellectually curious, adaptive leaders capable of meeting the health care needs of the future through a performance-based education.
  • Empowering people to teach, serve, research, innovate, and practice collaboratively in areas of skill and expertise in disciplines related to osteopathic medicine.

CHSU PROPOSED COM VISION

CHSU COM graduates will be committed to serving, and improving the healthcare outcomes of, the underserved population in the Central Valley of California.

New Campus Construction

Administrative offices for the proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine are temporarily located at the CHSU 65 Clovis Ave campus.

CHSU is excited to announce the development of their new campus which will be located at 2500 Alluvial Ave. The new campus site is located west of Temperance Avenue and Highway 168 on approximately 70 acres, located near Clovis Community Medical Center, providing plenty of space for decades of expansion. Construction has already begun on the first building for the campus, which will house the proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine and is expected to be completed in spring 2020.

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Check out the latest drone footage of the site: CLICK HERE

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The design and architecture for up to 10 colleges in CHSU’s new campus plan, starting with the proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Pharmacy, have been in the works for the past 4 years.

At full build out, the campus will include labs, classrooms, a student center, a library, and an auditorium, along with support buildings.

Administration, Faculty and Staff

John Graneto, DO, MEd, FACOP, FACOEP-dist, FNAOME

Dean

Lisa Chun, DO

Lisa Chun, DO, MS.MEdL, FNAOME

Associate Dean for Osteopathic Clinical Education
lchun@chsu.edu

Randy Culbertson

Randy Culbertson, DO, MBA

Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education
rculbertson@chsu.edu

Anne VanGarsse

Anne VanGarsse, MD, FAAP, CHCEF, CPE

Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Community Engagement and Population Health
avangarsse@chsu.edu

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Mahboob Qureshi, MD, MPH, PhD

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
mqureshi@chsu.edu

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Kristopher Bedi, DO

Chair, Specialty Medicine

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Greg Copeland, DO

Chair, Primary Care

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Leslie D. Catron, M.A.ED, BSN, RN, CHSE

Simulation Center Manager
lcatron@chsu.edu

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Chair, Department of BioMedical Education

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Chair, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Community Support

Letters of Support:

City of Clovis Letter of Support for CHSU Medical School Supervisor Pacheco Letter of Support
Sante IPA Letter of Support Assemblyman Jim Patterson Letter of Support
Councilmember Steve Brandau Letter of Support Clovis Chamber of Commerce Letter of Support
Fresno County EDC Letter of Support Valley Health Team
Sanger Unified School District Letter of Support Hengameh K Akhtar, M.D. Letter of Support
Dr. Frederick J. Kruger Letter of Support Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation Letter of Support
CA Legislature San Joaquin Valley Caucus Doris Tan, DO. Letter of Support
Fresno Barrios Unidos Letter of Support Fresno County Dept. Of Public Health Letter of Support
Sohrab Sohrabi California Health & Human Services Agency Letter of Support
Senator Kevin De Leon Letter of Support Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Jim Yovino
Dr. Ahmad Emami, M.D. Letter of Support Consulate of Mexico in Fresno Letter of Support
State Superintendent Tom Torlakson Letter of Support Nisei Farmers League Letter of Support
UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program Letter of Support Dr. Aron Gould-Simon, MD Letter of Support
Fresno City Councilmember Garry Bredefeld Letter of Support Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula Letter of Support
Fresno Chamber of Commerce Letter of Support Community Medical Centers Letter of Support

 

Quotes:

“The Valley deserves access to higher education, jobs, and quality health care. Having a medical school here in the Valley is the absolute best opportunity for students in small towns and rural areas to become physicians and serve our people. This is a game changer for Hispanic/Latino students and the entire Valley!”

– Prominent business and civic leader, Fred Ruiz, chairman emeritus and co-founder of Dinuba-based Ruiz Foods, previously served on the University of California Board of Regents.

“Adventist Health recognizes the need for more physicians as we seek to care for the medical needs of the many people living in the valley. We are supportive of CHSU’s plans to expand access to physicians who have a desire to serve in rural communities through the establishment of a medical school. We look forward to opportunities to work with CHSU toward our common goal of providing excellent health care to those we serve,”

– Wayne Ferch, President/CEO, Corporate Senior Vice President, Central Valley Region, Adventist Health.

“The City of Clovis works hard to maintain a community where its residents can thrive and have an exceptional quality of life. Post-graduate education is a critical part of this effort and California Health Sciences University’s planned medical school will be an incredible asset for the community to build on. The school will provide critical high-value jobs and medical services for our region reinforcing Clovis as a great place for families to live and work.”

– Nathan Magsig, Mayor of Clovis and Supervisor-Elect for County of Fresno Board of Supervisors.

“The new medical school will be distinguished by its local recruitment mission. The existing UCSF-Fresno residency program supplies many excellent physicians to the Valley. But still, our region is medically underserved, especially in primary care. CHSU will play a special, much-needed role by specifically recruiting local students and giving them a close-to-home avenue to enter the medical profession.”

– Tim Joslin, CEO at Community Medical Centers.

Career Opportunities

Come Grow with Us!

The Proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine will be hiring both faculty positions that include scientists/educators as well as physicians both full time and part time to serve our mission.  Innovative curriculum design includes a Team Based Learning environment with emphasis on collaboration. A multitude of staff positions including admissions, simulation center, anatomy lab, standardized patients administrative support, education specialists and a clinical psychologist will also be added over the next two years.

To find out more about our current career opportunities, please visit https://chsu.edu/employment-opportunities/

Accreditation

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SEEKING ACCREDITATION

California Health Sciences University, proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine is seeking accreditation with the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).

The proposed CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine can not solicit nor accept applications for students unless pre-accreditation is achieved.

Visit COCA:COM Accreditation Standards and Procedures posted at www.aoacoca.org for more information.

Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)
The California Health Sciences University is a private institution that is approved to operate as such by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. “Approval to Operate” means that California Health Sciences University is in compliance with state standards as set forth in CEC94897 (1).

Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, California, 95833, http://www.bppe.ca.gov/, Phone: (888) 370-7589 or (916) 431-6959 or Fax: (916)263-1897.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling 888-370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s Internet Web site http://www.bppe.ca.gov.

For more information, contact the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at (916) 431-6959, or toll-free (888) 370-7589, or visit its website at www.bppe.ca.gov.

Application for Change in Educational Objectives at California Health Sciences University (CHSU) – Intent-to-Approve Granted by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), May 30, 2018

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
California Health Sciences University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001.

Official record of action taken concerning CHSU by the WSCUC at its meeting on June 27-29, 2018.

A Substantive change to operate a College of Osteopathic Medicine was approved in January 2018.

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Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)
The American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) accredits osteopathic medical education programs leading to the DO degree in the United States (programmatic accreditation). The COCA also accredits free-standing colleges of osteopathic medicine where no other educational program is offered (institutional accreditation) and serves as the federal Title IV gatekeeper for those institutions. By assessing the compliance of osteopathic medical education programs based on the nationally accepted standards of the COCA, we serve the interests of the public and of the students enrolled in our Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (COMs). To achieve and maintain accreditation, an osteopathic medical education program leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree must meet the standards found on the COCA website.

https://www.osteopathic.org/inside-aoa/accreditation/COM-accreditation/Pages/standards-of-accreditation.aspx

The proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine at California Health Sciences University would be the first of its kind in the San Joaquin Valley, once the accreditation process has successfully been completed.

The CHSU proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine can not solicit nor accept applications for students unless pre-accreditation is achieved.

A privately funded institution located in the city of Clovis, California Health Sciences University (CHSU) is working towards opening a proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine as early as fall 2020, in addition to the university’s existing College of Pharmacy.

“Ever since we founded CHSU in 2012, we’ve been actively planning to open a medical school,” stated Florence Dunn, CHSU president. “With the rapid growth of our population and increasing disparity in health care access – and coupled with the success of our pharmacy program – we’ve decided to make the medical school our next priority. The Central Valley suffers from some of the most severe physician shortages in California and we are dedicated to improving the health and lives of the people of our community.”

The university has initiated the accreditation process with the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), the only accrediting agency for predoctoral osteopathic medical education recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Currently, there are only two colleges of Osteopathic Medicine in California.

“An osteopathic medical school is the most efficient way to address the primary care shortages of the Central Valley. It is the most rapidly growing field of medical practice and is responding to the health care challenges of the new millennium,” stated Dunn.

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. Today, about 12 percent of doctors are osteopathic physicians and nearly 1 in 3 medical students are attending an osteopathic medical school.

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.

California Health Sciences University launched its College of Pharmacy in August 2014 when it matriculated over 70 students into the four year Doctor of Pharmacy program, which has a focus on training pharmacists to provide primary care to patients. The University hosted its first graduation for the College of Pharmacy program in May 2018.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SEEKING ACCREDITATION

California Health Sciences University, proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine is seeking accreditation with the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).

The proposed CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine can not solicit nor accept applications for students unless pre-accreditation is achieved.

Visit COCA:COM Accreditation Standards and Procedures posted at www.aoacoca.org for more information.