Mission and Vision

The Purpose of the University

The purpose of the California University of Science and Medicine is to develop and operate a health and life sciences university, including colleges, a research institute and a graduate school of medicine, to educate future physicians and medical support personnel and conduct medical research and/or work with research organizations to further the science and art of medicine. Additionally, the University may engage in any activities that are reasonably related to or in furtherance of its stated purposes.


Vision Statement

To establish a school of medicine that inspires, motivates and empowers students to become excellent and caring physicians, scientists, and leaders, advance the art and science of medicine through research, improve the health of its community, shares innovative curriculum and advances best practices in medical education globally, and facilitates a medical education to promising minority and disadvantaged students, especially from California and the Inland Empire.


Mission Statement

To advance the art and science of medicine through innovative medical education, research, and compassionate healthcare delivery in an inclusive environment that advocates critical thinking, creativity, integrity, and professionalism.


Diversity Statement

Definition of Diversity: CUSM has adopted the definition of diversity that embraces a culture in which everyone is valued regardless of age, race, ethnicity, language, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion, socioeconomic status and geographic origins.

Diversity is an integral part of the California University of Science and Medicine’s institutional identity as evidenced in the founding principles. This very early intent to create a historic medical school in southern California has arisen from tenets adopted by the inaugural leadership and begins with a deep commitment to the diversity of the student body, faculty, administration and staff. Recognizing, nurturing latent merit, talent, values and richness inherent in our diverse California culture and society, CUSM leadership acknowledged the acute need to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of the historically underrepresented, marginalized populations. This is being achieved through the CUSM mission to serve the diverse, the disadvantaged and the multicultural populations, and to meet the health needs of the citizens of the Inland Empire, the State of California and the Nation. The innovative clinical presentation curriculum emphasizes public health, population health, global health and affordable, accessible care for all. Educational excellence that truly incorporates diversity can promote mutual respect and make possible the full, effective use of the talents and abilities of all, to foster innovation and train future leadership. Training of culturally competent healthcare providers requires a multicultural milieu in which diversity is deeply valued and encouraged. This philosophy is entrenched at CUSM, and it will enrich the experience gained by students while it builds values of altruism and social accountability in the globalized, pluralistic, complex, connected world of the 21st century.


Academic Freedom Statement

CUSM endorses the Statement of Principles of Academic Freedom of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and is committed to the pursuit of truth. The leadership will ensure autonomy and freedom as an institution of higher learning requires. Academic freedom and due process will prevail in all matters: to guarantee to the scholar the freedom to examine data, to have the freedom from bias and restraint and the ability to question assumptions, to seek evidence, and to learn. Academic freedom also recognizes the role of the faculty in policymaking decisions for the educational program. Together, faculty, staff, and students are obligated to be responsible participants in the academic activities of the medical school.