History

Healthcare in the United States faces significant challenges, including growing burdens of disease, lack of access to healthcare and a shortage of healthcare professionals. These issues disproportionally affect underserved areas such as the Inland Empire, the name given to the combined populations of San Bernardino and Riverside counties in Southern California. The Inland Empire exhibits significant health disparities when compared to California averages and national benchmarks, including a higher incidence of death as a result of diabetes, coronary heart disease and chronic liver disease, as well as serious psychological distress. This higher rate of disease incidence, however, has not correlated to a higher number of physicians in the area, as the Inland Empire ranks in the lower half of counties in California in number of physicians per capita.

To help overcome these challenges, Prem Reddy, M.D. and others decided to establish CUSM, emphasizing its community-oriented mission and vision. Dr. Reddy, founder of Prime Healthcare Services, Inc. (“PHSI”) and Prime Healthcare Foundation, Inc. (“PHF”), believed that the establishment of a medical school could provide a great positive impact on healthcare, presently and for future generations, by addressing growing health disparities, disease burden and the regional physician shortage. PHSI is a Delaware corporation and PHF is a Delaware nonprofit, nonstock corporation. Both PHSI and PHF own and operate hospitals across the country with the mission to provide high quality care with compassion, dignity and respect for every patient. PHF is the sole member of CUSM. PHF has committed $40 million towards the establishment of CUSM. The Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation also has committed $20 million towards the establishment of CUSM.

CUSM was formed in August 2012 under the name “Eastern California College of Medicine,” which was then amended to “California University of Science and Medicine” in May 2013. Dr. Reddy and other leaders defined as the mission and vision of CUSM to develop and operate a graduate school of medicine to educate future physicians and medical support personnel and conduct medical research in furtherance of the science and art of medicine. CUSM began operations in the spring of 2015 when Robert Suskind, M.D. joined as the School of Medicine’s Founding Dean. Dr. Suskind, who has since retired and currently serves as Dean Emeritus, directed the recruitment of the initial group of faculty and support staff of CUSM. Under the leadership of Dr. Alfred Tenore, the School of Medicine’s Senior Associate Dean of Medical Education from April 2015 to May 2019, the faculty developed an innovative curriculum for the School of Medicine’s M.D. degree and developed standards and policies for admitting students, hiring faculty and evaluating the M.D. program.

Some medical schools in the U.S. have post-baccalaureate programs that supplement their M.D. programs. In 2017, CUSM developed its first post-baccalaureate program, the MBS program. The primary goal of the program is to better prepare students for a career in medicine or other healthcare professions, including by enhancing students’ academic qualifications to gain acceptance into more advanced healthcare educational programs. In April 2017, CUSM expanded its WASC Senior College and University Commission (“WSCUC”) eligibility to include the MBS program.

CUSM welcomed its first cohorts of 64 M.D. program students and 36 MBS program students in the summer of 2018.

Dr. Prem Reddy
Prem Reddy, MD
Chairman of the Board


Dr. Robert Suskind
Robert Suskind, MD
Dean Emeritus