FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 200 Medical Students Start In-Person Classes at CHSU in Clovis

July 27, 2021

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 200 Medical Students Start In-Person Classes at CHSU in Clovis

Recruitment Starts for New 3-Year Doctor of Pharmacy Program

CLOVIS, Calif. – California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine (CHSU-COM) welcomed their new and returning medical students to campus for in-person learning on Monday.  

The 200 medical students reported to campus at CHSU in Clovis last week for orientation.

Seventy nine student doctors in the inaugural class of 2024 attended re-orientation where they learned what to expect in their second year of medical school.

The incoming class of 2025 received an extensive orientation for their first year of medical school. The 121 new student doctors met their peers, faculty, advisors, and the deans.

“Every year when we admit a new cohort of students, we are making another step towards achieving our mission to improve the health care outcomes of people living in the Central Valley,” said John Graneto, DO, MEd, Dean of CHSU-COM.

Approximately 4,000 candidates applied during the competitive 2020-2021 admissions cycle, which was largely conducted virtually due to COVID-19. Candidates that were offered admission were carefully selected based on their interview and overall portfolio including MCAT scores, GPA, letters of recommendation, personal statement and completion of pre-requisite courses.

The class of 2025 includes highly qualified students that completed their undergraduate education at well-respected institutions such as: UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UCLA, Fresno State and UC Berkeley.

With 38% from the Central Valley and 83% from California, CHSU-COM hopes most of these first-year medical students will complete residencies here and practice locally.

These future physicians collectively speak 35 different languages including 33% of the class of 2025 that speaks Spanish. CHSU’s osteopathic medical school curriculum includes medical Spanish to prepare their future physicians to better serve Spanish-speaking patients.  

“In three short years, our inaugural class of DO physicians will begin residencies and make an immediate impact on the health care provider deficit in our hospitals, clinics, and private practices,” stated Dr. Graneto. “From that point on, there will be a steady stream of new physicians joining the community every year,” he added.

CHSU-COM plans to hold a White Coat Ceremony for both the class of 2024 and 2025 student doctors this October to signify their entrance into the medical profession.

Dr. John Graneto will be available for media interviews on Wednesday, July 28th and Thursday, July 29th from 12-1pm. Contact Kaysha Rajani at or 205 267 2983 to schedule interviews.

CHSU College of Pharmacy News

Earlier this month, CHSU began accepting applications for their new, 3-year Doctor of Pharmacy program. The initial class of 50 students will matriculate in fall 2022, contingent upon various accreditation approvals.

The University’s current 4-year Doctor of Pharmacy program will conclude in 2024 when the final cohort of students is expected to graduate and take the board licensing exams.

The CHSU College of Pharmacy opened in 2014 and graduated its fourth cohort of Doctor of Pharmacy students last May.

About California Health Sciences University

California Health Sciences University (CHSU) is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Founded by the Assemi family, CHSU is the first university of its kind in the Central Valley and offers a local option for doctoral programs to help remedy the shortage of health care services offered in the Valley.

The CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine is accepting applications for their third cohort of medical students to matriculate in 2022. (link)

The CHSU College of Pharmacy is accepting applications for their new, 3-year Doctor of Pharmacy program to matriculate in 2022, contingent upon various accreditation approvals. (link)

The university plans to open up to 10 post-baccalaureate colleges on their 110-acre campus in Clovis, California to train health care professionals in the coming years. The timing and specific discipline for each new program will be determined based on the need and opportunity for job placement within the region.

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