Message from the President
California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM) Community and Friends,
Welcome to the 2023-2024 academic year! We are excited to welcome our new MD and Master of Biomedical Sciences Students. CUSM is a unique institution as our focus is 100 percent on education in the health sciences. The students in our MD and MBS programs receive the full attention of our growing number of faculty members. Our goal is to teach the art and science related to healthcare, which can only be done with a personal, connected approach.
Our modern campus in Colton, California, is the home base for all our students. It houses a state-of-the-art modern research lab, an anatomy lab, a clinical skills and simulation center, a digital library, two lecture halls, classrooms, a study lounge, a fitness center, and student break areas. The newly built facility supports a world-class medical education. Additionally, we are steps away from our primary teaching hospital, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC), a designated Level I trauma center. ARMC operates a burn center, a primary stroke center, a behavioral health center, five primary care centers, four off-site Family Health Centers, and more than 40 outpatient specialty care services. Our third- and fourth-year MD students spend much of their time in hands-on training at ARMC, gaining exceptional skills they will take into their residency and long-term careers.
CUSM has graduated two MD classes, with all graduates receiving residency placements in coveted programs nationwide. The Inland Empire is home to most students, faculty, and staff. I am thrilled that 33 percent of our recent graduates will perform their residencies in the Inland Empire.
Our MBS program continues to draw highly qualified students from across southern California. The 10-month program provides a robust educational foundation for various healthcare careers. It enhances a student's qualifications for medical programs such as an MD, DO, DDS, PhD, or other essential professions such as nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant, and biomedical technology.
CUSM begins this academic year with news of our accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Since our founding, CUSM has been working with the accrediting body to build and execute high-quality medical education programs that meet and exceed standards. I am proud of the CUSM community for contributing to this critical milestone.
CUSM is poised for continued progress and achievement in the coming years. I look forward to sharing the accomplishments of our students and faculty throughout the year as we continue to do what we do best: Educate and empower the next generation of healthcare leaders for the Inland Empire, California, and beyond our state and national borders.
I invite you to explore CUSM and engage with us as a student, donor, employee, and community member.
Dr. Paul Lyons, President and Dean