Message from the President

Dr. Paul Lyons

California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM) Community and Friends,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 academic year! We are so excited to welcome 130 MD students and 60 new Master of Biomedical Sciences Students. Our students, faculty, and staff are back on campus for in-person education. While CUSM students, faculty, and staff did an outstanding job of pivoting to full online education during the pandemic, we are all happy to be back in our new facility in Colton, California.

Our facility is indeed something to write home about. 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, 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). ARMC is a designated Level II trauma center and 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 students spend much of their time in hands-on training at ARMC and gaining exceptional skills they will take with them into their residency and long-term careers.

I am thrilled to announce that our first graduating class of MDs have all entered residency programs across the country. Our first class of 62 MDs celebrated their graduation in person and on campus. We were honored to have Dr. Sanjay Gupta address our students, guests, and CUSM team as our first commencement keynote speaker.

Our MBS program continues to draw full cohorts of highly qualified students from across southern California. The year-long program provides a robust educational foundation for a variety of healthcare careers and enhances a student’s qualifications for medical programs such as a MD, DO, DDS, PhD, or other essential professions such as nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant and biomedical technology.

CUSM is poised for progress and achievement in the coming years. We continue to hire outstanding faculty to serve the needs of our students, as well as support growth in research to drive positive impact in our community and beyond.

The lessons of the past few years remain with us as we move forward. None of us know what is around the bend and the future is complex and uncertain. CUSM will remain nimble, flexible, and committed to providing innovative, inclusive, and compassionate medical education to our students.

At CUSM, we take pride in educating and empowering 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