The new medical school building is home to state-of-the-art facilities that support the student learning experience. There are classrooms for large group learning, college rooms for small group learning and activities, a library, clinical skills center with simulation facilities, and laboratories for autopsy, surgical anatomy, histology and research.

Classrooms and College Rooms

All learning activities take place in classrooms that are equipped with high-tech delivery systems to facilitate small or large group teaching. There are two 130-seat classrooms, and 12 college rooms that are designed to preserve the team learning approach in the curriculum. Each college room has a capacity for 2 teams. All rooms are equipped with modern display systems that support computer hook-ups, wifi connectivity, and whiteboard functionality.

Laboratory for Cadaver Autopsy and Histology

The interactive hands-on laboratory-based learning experience for students takes place in the state-of-the-art cadaver autopsy and histology laboratories. The environment-regulated laboratories have a total capacity for 64 and 72 students respectively with 10 downdraft stations for cadaver autopsies, including a 20-bay cold storage unit and cadaver preparation lab as well as storage rooms and a lab office. Both laboratories are equipped with audio-visual facilities and also provide support for laparoscopic skills training. All cadaver autopsy stations are equipped with touchscreen monitors for access to online applications and resources for guided and self-directed laboratory sessions.

Clinical Skills and Simulation

CUSM has a state-of-the-art Clinical skills and Simulation Center with 15 rooms for patient encounter with standardized patients and four fully equipped simulation suites, student briefing room and simulation debriefing rooms. All rooms are equipped with 2/3 cameras for live viewing and video recording for student feedback. The center is equipped with three hi- fidelity mannequins (Sim Man), Harvey cardio pulmonary simulators, Birthing simulators and wide variety of task trainers to facilitate students develop various procedural skills.

Information Commons (Library)

The university’s Information Commons (Library) reframes traditional library services within a digital environment, offering a virtual learning experience. The Information Commons space is centrally located in the CUSM education building, offering individual and group study areas. Wireless connectivity, computer workstations, individual and group seating, printer, and whiteboards are provided. CUSM students, faculty, and associates have onsite and remote access to digital resources 24/7, including AccessMedicine, JAMANetwork, MEDLINE, Science Direct, ClinicalKey, and UpToDate, along with ebook and Course Reserve collections. Professionals assist individuals with their research data management, biomedical information needs, educational digital media. Services include research assistance and subject guide advisory, copyright coaching, in-depth research and instructional media design consultations (by appointment), and interlibrary loan through academic partnerships.

CUSM students and faculty also have access to the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Library located on the first floor of the ARMC building. The ARMC library provides wireless connectivity, a copying machine, printers, and various seating options. Reference services and assistance in utilizing the print and electronic resource collections are provided during posted operational hours.

Both libraries are active members of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.


A fully-equipped modular laboratory with 3290 sq. ft. of space will facilitate collaborative basic science research. For clinical and translational research, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) currently supports clinical trials funded by pharmaceutical companies and/or biotechnology companies that involve clinicians within the hospital who will have faculty appointments in the medical school. There will be collaborative research work between clinical and basic science faculty at CUSM-SOM and ARMC, and both entities provide regulatory support for the conduct of clinical research. Students and faculty will be able to join basic and clinical research projects. In the new medical school building in Colton, the research lab will have 7400 sq. ft. of space.