New medical school planned for Colton by 2016

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Photo/Courtesy Dr. Prem Reddy (far left) addresses the crowd as they announce plans to bring a new medical school to Colton, CA.

Dr. Dev GnanaDev, along with a group he leads, are looking to change the dynamics for potential medical students in Colton and the Inland Empire. Dr. GnanaDev announced a plan to develop a privately-funded, non-profit allopathic school in Colton.
The school, known as California University of Science and Medicine (Cal Med) will come to realization through financing provided by a $40 million donation from Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501©3, non- profit, public charity founded by Dr. Prem Reddy, a cardiologist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. “This is a landmark day for our communities in medical education and health care,” says Dr. Reddy. “I am extremely proud as a physician, as a local resident and longtime proponent of health education to contribute to this project. Through Dr. GnanaDev’s vision and participation of many who will be positively affected by the school, the medical school will become a pillar of health education in our area.”
Cal Med will initially be set at a temporary site until a permanent location can be built, which will likely be near Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. The new school is looking to welcome its first class in 2016, upon receiving accreditation from the Licensing Committee on Medical Education.
“This is an exciting and much-needed opportunity for medical students in the Inland Empire and California,” says Dr. GnanaDev. “Because of many factors, including the extremely limited medical school spots in our state and severe shortage of doctors, we believe this project will have a significant positive impact on the economy, education and health for many decades.”
The medical school will be governed by a four-person board of directors,  which will include Drs. GnanaDev and Reddy; Dustin Corcoran, chief executive officer of the California Medical Association; and Dr. Albert Karnig, president emeritus at California State University, San Bernardino.
According to the American Association of Medical Colleges, the United States faces a shortage of 91,500 primary care and specialist physicians by 2020. In San Bernardino County, there is just one primary care physician per 1,201 people, one half the number compared to the national rate. Fifth District Supervisor for San Bernardino County, Josie Gonzales, states the medical school will help meet the growing demand for new healthcare professionals, while also boosting the economy in Colton and its surrounding communities.

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