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Learning Skills/Competencies to be acquired with successful program completion

CUSM supports the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's (ACGME) six core competencies for resident education as the building blocks for shaping the student to become a competent licensed physician. The CUSM educational approach is structured on an integrated model in which students demonstrate incremental mastery of competencies as they progress through medical school.

Students must demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological, and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care, through prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.

Students must be equipped to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the promotion of health and the treatment of health-related problems. Students must prioritize the patient's issues, formulate proper differential diagnoses, and develop appropriate plans for the diagnosis and/or management. Students must perform clinical procedures safely and effectively while respecting patients' needs and concerns.

Students must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles. Students are expected to demonstrate:

  • compassion, integrity, and respect for others
  • respect for patient privacy and autonomy
  • responsiveness to patient needs that supersedes self-interest
  • accountability to patients, society, and the profession
  • awareness of biases, sensitivity, and responsiveness to diverse populations

Students must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health professionals. Students are expected to:

  • Communicate effectively with patients, families, and the public, as appropriate, across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Work effectively as a member or leader of a healthcare team and communicate effectively with physicians, other health professionals, and health-related agencies.

Students must demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate patients' care, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and lifelong learning. Students are expected to identify strengths, deficiencies, and limits in their knowledge and expertise and set learning and improvement goals.

Students must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of healthcare, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the systems available to provide optimal healthcare. Students must work effectively in various healthcare delivery settings and inter-professional teams to enhance patient safety and contribute to high-quality care. Graduates are expected to demonstrate an awareness of the US healthcare system, local Inland Empire healthcare needs, and social determinants of health.


CUSM Program Outcomes

The CUSM MD program excels in key parameters such as USMLE scores, National Resident Matching Program statistics, and student graduation and retention rates.


CUSM MD Program By the Numbers:

  For the graduating classes, students have had a 100% Match Rate to competitive residency programs nationwide.


Student Retention and on-time progress
Graduating Class of Matriculated Year (AY) # of Students Matriculated # of students remain in the program* Attrition rate** Retention rate*** Graduation Rate
2022 2018 64 64 0.00% 100% 61 students graduated in 2022 and on track for 100%
2023 2019 98 98 0.00% 100.0% 97 out of 98 for 99%
2024 2020 130 128 2.30% 97.7% on track for 98%
2025 2021 130 129 0.80% 99.2% on track for 99.2%
2026 2022 130 130 0.00% 100% on track for 100%

^including students who have taken Leave of Absence or research year and are on track for graduation in the 6-year time limit.

*Data as of December 2023
** Percentage of students who withdrew or were dismissed from the program.
*** 100% - attrition rate = retention rate