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Class is Now In-Session for Over 500 Medical Students at California Health Sciences University
CLOVIS, Calif. – Class is back in session at the California Health Sciences University (CHSU) College of Osteopathic Medicine after welcoming over 500 new and returning medical students to campus this week.
“The campus has never been livelier now that we have all four cohorts of medical students at CHSU,” said John Graneto, DO, Dean of the CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The incoming class of 2027 is the fourth cohort to date at the college, with 160 new student doctors beginning their first year of medical school.
With about 25% from the Central Valley and over 90% from California, the university hopes most of its medical students will complete residencies here and practice locally.
“Our diverse medical students represent the patient populations they will serve, so we are proud that our students collectively speak 40 different languages with approximately one third who speak Spanish,” said Dr. Graneto.
CHSU requires medical Spanish courses to prepare its future physicians to better serve Spanish-speaking patients.
Over 3,200 candidates applied and about 800 applicants were interviewed for fall 2023 admission to CHSU-COM. Admission offers were made to carefully selected candidates after a holistic review that included an interview and overall portfolio, including MCAT scores, science GPA, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and completion of pre-requisite courses.
Many of the CHSU medical students completed their undergraduate education at well-respected institutions such as: UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UCLA, UC Merced, UC Berkeley, Fresno State, and Stanislaus State.
Nearly 200 CHSU medical students have already completed the first two years of coursework. Now as third- and fourth-year students, they experience hands-on learning through clinical clerkships in Central Valley hospitals, clinics, and private practices.
This spring, CHSU class of 2024 students expect to learn where they matched for their desired residency before graduating in May.
“Our inaugural class of students will graduate this May before beginning residencies to make an immediate impact on the health care provider deficit in the Central Valley,” stated Dr. Graneto.
“I’m excited that starting next year a steady stream of new CHSU-educated physicians will join the community every year,” he added.
About California Health Sciences University (CHSU)
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 its fifth cohort of medical students to matriculate in 2024. (link)
The CHSU College of Pharmacy has graduated 315 pharmacists from its Doctor of Pharmacy program since 2018.
The new CHSU Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) program will welcome its inaugural cohort of students this August. The MSBS program offers two tracks to help students strengthen their academic credentials and critical thinking skills before pursuing a healthcare profession career.
The university plans to open up to 10 post-baccalaureate colleges on its 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.