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Remember The Two Medical Schools Coming To Fresno County? Now It’s Just One

Kerry Klein
Valley Public Radio
Construction is set to begin soon on a school of osteopathic medical school in Clovis.

A year ago, two universities were vying to open the first medical school in the San Joaquin Valley. On Wednesday, one took a big step forward—while the other fizzled. 

California Health Sciences University on Wednesday broke ground on a new campus in Clovis, which is slated to house its proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine. The school is expected to begin enrolling students in the fall of 2020.

For some time, a corporation based in India had also planned to open a second medical school in downtown Fresno around the same time. But the dean of the proposed California Central Valley College of Osteopathic Medicine confirmed the plans for that school have been scrapped. Delays in paperwork from the state led to a reorganization of leadership and the school is no longer being planned for California.

Meanwhile, a recent report out of the University of California Office of the President also proposed next steps for a medical school at UC Merced, but the university would not confirm a timeline.

Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.
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