A significant agreement between California State University, San
Bernardino and Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona will
assure the admission of up to six CSUSB biology students each year to
Western University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.
CSUSB President Albert Karnig and Western University President Philip
Pumerantz signed the agreement Aug. 2, at Cal State San Bernardino. The
articulation agreement will create the BIO2MED program, which will select
up to six qualified Cal State San Bernardino biology undergraduates for
the osteopathic medical school upon graduation. It also is the first of
its kind for a California State University campus.
“”This is a historic event for both campuses. Both campuses have already
seen the value of each other’s programs, faculty and students,”” said
CSUSB Professor Jeff Thompson, chair of the university’s biology
Karnig praised the agreement for its reaching and mentoring lower
division students to help them into medical school at Western and
offering mentoring from faculty members from both Cal State and WesternU.
The BIO2MED Program breaks new ground in the cooperation between CSUSB
and a private biomedical institution such as Western University, and
provides extraordinary new opportunities to students in the Inland Empire
and the diverse student population at CSUSB, Thompson said.
The articulation agreement reinforces the already excellent record that
the CSUSB biology department has in placing its students in medical
programs and forges even stronger links between CSUSB and WesternU.
BIO2MED will take effect in September when a team of faculty from both
institutions will select from freshman and sophomore students for the
program. The team will also serve as mentors to the students. The
students will participate in an extracurricular mentoring program. They
will have the opportunity to shadow practicing physicians in the office,
hospital and at Western University of Health Sciences.
Cal State San Bernardino students in the program will work toward and
receive bachelor of science degrees in biology before entering the
Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.) program at WesternU.
There are two types of complete physicians in the United States.Both
D.O.s and M.D.s are fully qualified physicians licensed to perform
surgery and prescribe medication. D.O.s practice a “”whole person””
approach to medicine, by focusing on preventive health care as well as
the healing power of touch. With the addition of osteopathic manipulative
treatment (OMT) physicians use their hands to aide in diagnosing and
treating injury and illness.