Colton’s California University of Science and Medicine Celebrates Match Day for 80 of its Graduating Medical Students

California University of Science and Medicine’s (CUSM) second MD class of 80 students today participated in the national Match Day event. All CUSM students matched into residency programs across the country, with 26 performing their residency in the Inland Empire and 54 remaining throughout California. Match Day is the culmination of the National Residence Match Program, in which all graduating MDs seek residency or fellowship positions in their chosen specialty. At the same time across the country (9 a.m. Pacific Time, Friday, March 17, 2023), graduating medical students open their envelopes, learning where they will spend the next three to seven years of their lives. “Match Day is the culmination of years of study, clinical practice, and examinations,” said Paul Lyons, MD, CUSM Dean and President. “It is an end and beginning as our students enter the next phase of their professional career as healthcare providers.” Students and their families were invited to the CUSM campus to share in the occasion. Following the envelope opening, students were invited to share their match with their fellow students and place their picture on a map of the US indicating their

Congressman Aguilar Announces $1.5 Million for Clean Energy Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Tech Program at SBVC

Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced $1,500,000 for the Clean Energy Hybrid and Electric Vehicle (EV) Technician Program in San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC). This funding will be used to purchase heavy-duty zero-emission trucks and charging stations for students to train and work on. “The work being done in the clean vehicle technology program at Valley College is going to help improve our air quality and move our region, our state and our country towards a clean energy future,” said Rep. Pete Aguilar. “This funding is helping prepare our students for good-paying jobs right here in the Inland Empire. I will continue working closely with San Bernardino Valley College to create good-paying career opportunities for our residents.” “Thanks to Congressman Aguilar’s support, San Bernardino Valley College is leading the way in preparing students for the green jobs of the future,” said San Bernardino Community College District Chancellor Diana Z. Rodriguez. “The Inland Empire is increasingly at the crossroads of the supply chain industry, and with this federal investment, our graduates will continue at the forefront, ensuring that we have clean vehicles on our roads to help

Councilman Echevarria hosts cancer forum providing life-saving information to Colton residents

On March 2nd, the City of Colton Councilmember John Echevarria coordinated a forum focused on the importance of early detection of cancer.  The forum was held at the Hutton Community Center and was well attended by over three dozen residents, who also received a free dinner.  Echevarria partnered with The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Every Woman Counts Southern California, and Project Vive to bring this essential information to the community. Nearly three dozen engaged residents attending the Breast and Cervical Cancer Forum at the Hutton Community Center on March 2nd. “As a highly concerned member of our minority community, I am always seeking out ways to bring any available resources to the Colton area,” said Councilman John Echevarria. “As a proud Latino, I know many friends and loved ones who are unable to receive the necessary health care and advice they require based on their income. I wanted to bring up a very important topic to our residents because I wanted to give them some knowledge they can utilize someday, or share with others. I am grateful our presenters were so thorough and

NASCAR’s Corey Lajoie and Jessie Rees Foundation bring “joy” to Children’s Hospital ahead of Auto Club race

NASCAR driver Corey Lajoie and Irvine-based nonprofit Jessie Rees Foundation partnered to gift 100 “JoyJars” filled with toys, games, and activities to patients at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Thursday, February 23. The third-generation professional racecar driver spent a couple of hours with patients and their families in the pediatric and intensive care units, signing autographs and taking photos. “You go in feeling like you’re going to make those kids’ day, you’re going to bring them a JoyJar and talk to them for a few minutes, but those kids make my day just as much,” said Lajoie before hitting the racetrack at this weekend’s race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. “To see how much the little boys and girls are not giving up and continue to fight each and every day, it gets you emotional, and you leave with a different perspective.” During his visit, he congratulated 4-year-old racecar fanatic Eli Thompson for completing his last chemotherapy and returning home cancer-free. As a dad to two sons, Lajoie says he cares deeply about all factors that affect kids and their health. “Childhood cancer affects too many families

Rep. Aguilar announces over $500,000 for Loma Linda University Medical Center

Rep. Pete Aguilar recently announced $542,597 he secured for a mental health outreach program for the Inland Empire’s sickle cell community. The State of California has 7,000 people living with sickle cell disease and the second largest sickle cell disease population resides in San Bernardino County. This program will help both patients and caregivers receive the resources and support they need. “San Bernardino County is home to the second largest sickle cell community in the state of California,” said Rep. Pete Aguilar. “This funding will help draw attention to this disease affecting so many in our community by creating a comprehensive behavioral and mental health outreach program for both patients and their family members. I will continue to work with Loma Linda University Health to ensure our region is taken care of.” “Congressman Aguilar has been an incredible partner to LLUH over the years, and we continue to be so grateful for his support for improving health outcomes across our community,” said Richard Hart, MD, DrPH, president of Loma Linda University Health. “Through the generous support of Congressman Aguilar, we are able to fill a gap and care for the