Message from the Dean

Dr. Robert Suskind

We would like to welcome you to California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM), a new allopathic (MD) medical school located in Colton, California. CUSM is the first new, privately funded, not-for-profit medical school to earn accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education since 1949. This wonderful opportunity has been made possible by the vision of our President, Dr. Dev GnanaDev, and the financial support of Dr. Prem Reddy, Founder, and Chair of the Board.

Dr. GnanaDev, a vascular and trauma surgeon, is the past president of the California Medical Association and current President of the Medical Board of California. Dr. Reddy is a cardiologist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He founded Prime Healthcare Services which owns and operates 45 hospitals in 14 states. Dr. Reddy also founded and has been the sole contributor to Prime Healthcare Foundation, a non-profit public charity that owns 15 non-profit hospitals.

We have developed a unique curriculum at CUSM which focuses on the integration of the basic and clinical sciences. The curriculum, known as the “Clinical Presentation Curriculum,” introduces the medical student on Day 1 to clinical medicine. In contrast to traditional medical education where students in the first two years of medical school studied anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology/immunology, pharmacology and pathology, students at CUSM study the basic science and clinical presentations of the body's systems. These include the, for example, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and renal systems, with each of these systems having eight to 10 presentations and the entire body having up to 120 clinical presentations.

With this curriculum as a backdrop, we are focused on developing the finest physicians to serve our community. We will inspire and educate them to become inquisitive, skillful, ethical, and compassionate physicians, scientists, and leaders in the medical field.

In addition to the very well qualified clinical faculty at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, we assembled a dynamic and exciting group of medical educators trained in the basic and medical sciences. We are also looking forward to our modern, state-of-the-art building will be completed by 2020. We look forward to CUSM having a major impact on medical education not only in southern California but nationally and internationally as well.

Welcome to California University of Science and Medicine.

Robert Suskind, MD
Founding Dean
Vice President of Medical Affairs
Professor of Pediatrics, International Health, and Medical Education