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California Northstate University College of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
9700 West Taron Dr.
Elk Grove, California 95757
(916) 686-7300
Email address
School Information
"California Northstate University College of Medicine (CNUCOM) gained preliminary accreditation in June 2015 and provisional accreditation in June 2019 by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. The College of Medicine offers a Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. The College of Medicine (COM) is committed to meet the nation’s need for physicians with an emphasis on training in primary care with social accountability. As a result of several recent publications and studies which indicated the need for an increase in the number of primary care physicians trained in California, senior operations staff at the College of Pharmacy began discussions for a new medical school in the greater Sacramento area early in the spring of 2010. With recent federal health care initiatives in combination with the needs of the aging baby-boomer population, primary care physicians are seeing ever increasing patient loads. It was also recognized that as a result of the financial crisis facing California, the State has been unable to increase the number of medical students trained within the State. CNUCOM will directly help the primary care physician shortage in California." (Source:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The college's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Brochure states the following: "To maintain a student body that reflects the Sacramento region, the COM Admissions Committee has recently implemented changes to diversify pool of candidates, while maintaining the quality of our applicant pool and admissions requirements. These changes allows us to see underrepresented minorities in medicine (URMiM) earlier on in the admissions cycle, providing us ample time to identify candidates that may be eligible for our diversity scholarships."
  • The college's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Brochure states, "The incoming student Diversity in Medicine Scholarship is a five-tier, merit-based scholarship that ranges from $10,000 to $50,000 per academic year. The student’s scholarship tier is based on their incoming GPA and MCAT performance."
  • The college has established the "President Academic and Diversity Scholarship" and stated that "Under the program, two scholarships have been awarded for up to four years of study for each student at CNU’s College of Health Sciences (CHS), the university’s undergraduate college that prepares students seeking careers in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, psychology, and nursing."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The college's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Brochure states that "Due to the pandemic, more interviews were conducted than in prior years, thus Admissions Committee members have also undergone more rigorous bias, interview, and holistic review trainings." In addition, "CNUCOM has established accountability in our applicant interview protocol by requiring interview training for all persons involved with the interview process. Bias recognition is a key component of this training, as CNU stakeholders learn about their own racial and cultural blind spots in communicating with individuals from backgrounds other than their own."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The college's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Brochure states the following: "Included in the Masters Colloquium course is the service-learning component of our curriculum, where students are required to engage in service projects. Service learning is not just about students helping their community; it is designed to help students learn about the many perspectives and circumstances of their potential patients as a means of providing the most equitable, understanding, and appropriate care possible. Through service-learning, our students have learned about the vast diversity within the Sacramento region and skills to provide culturally competent care for the underserved."
Program and Research Funding
  • The college's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Brochure states, "The matriculated student Diversity in Medicine Scholarship is a $2,000 scholarship offered to four students who are actively involved in efforts to encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion in the community and at CNU."
  • The college's "Diversity and Inclusion Charter" is designed to "provide a framework to achieve the important contribution that come from an institutional environment rich in diversity, and in the contextual legal parameters of Proposition 209." The Charter states that "CNUCOM seeks to foster a broad and diverse community of faculty, staff, and students to enrich the educational environment and expand the knowledge base for our students. The value of this diversity emphasis for CNUCOM educational programs and staffing will be realized by the production of culturally competent physicians who can serve our nation’s increasing diverse population."
  • The college's "Diversity and Inclusion Charter's" initiatives include "Recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff and student body" and "Developing educational and training sessions for faculty, staff and students to ensure cultural competency."
Last updated June 27th, 2023
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