The Central Valley’s first four-year medical school hosted a preview of how it plans to teach its students. In promoting its College of Osteopathic Medicine, California Health Sciences University has promised from the get-go a very hands-on education. Clovis city officials also excited, ready to capitalize on the growth the school is expected to bring in.
At CHSU’s campus Wednesday morning, cries of a 5-year-old could be heard through the halls. The boy would exclaim his arm or ankle hurts, but in reality nothing would be wrong — since the boy is a mannequin.
However, with tears streaming down his face and his expression, it’s clear he was the closest thing to a real patient you could get.
The mannequin is a Pediatric HAL and it’s one of several simulation technologies CHSUU plans to utilize in their future medical school. Others include newborn and adult simulators, the school even intends to get a handheld ultrasound.
On the benefits of having this technology, the dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. John Graneto, said, “It reduces the anxiety that I would have as a new medical students facing a stressful situation first on a mannequin before I have to see it on a real person.
Simulation-heavy, hands-on education has been CHSU’s big draw when describing what students should expect in the building currently being built by Temperance and Alluvial avenues.
The school aims to eventually have 600 students a year. It’s a number that excites Clovis city councilman Vong Mouanoutoua because of the ways they’ll invest in the community.
“They’re going to shop here. They’re going to spend their dollars here. They’re going to liv here potentially as well,” he said. “We need to be ready for that.”
Of course, the goal is to get future students and faculty to plant roots in the Central Valley.
“If we find a handful of students who come here from outside the valley and fall in love with what we’re doing here — our mission — the likelihood that they’ll stay here is very high as well,” Graneto said.
CHSU will begin accepting applications for its College of Osteopathic Medicine starting in May. The first class will begin in July 2020.