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Framework Outlined for Medical School


Plan for UCR Medical School is Making the Rounds

Draft Plan Outlines Framework for Proposed Medical School at UCR

(January 17, 2008)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -— A working draft of the proposal to establish a research-based UC Riverside medical school utilizing an innovative clinical education model is being circulated this month among key stakeholders.

The draft plan, based on the recommendations of approximately 80 campus and community representatives, provides the framework for establishing a University of California medical school with research, teaching and service programs to improve the health of Californians, with special attention to the needs of the diverse and growing Inland Southern California region.

Key administrative and faculty leadership, as well as the Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board for the School of Medicine, will review the working draft and provide feedback to refine the proposal. When finalized, the plan will form the basis of UCR’s proposal to establish a medical school.

“We have the opportunity to build a nationally distinctive school of medicine tailored especially for the needs of our region, which is already medically underserved and facing a physician shortage of crisis proportions in just a few years time,” said Acting Chancellor Robert D. Grey. “It is vitally important that the operational and financial model for achieving the mission of the medical school is viable.”

As envisioned, medical students and residents will have clinical education experiences in a variety of healthcare settings thus exposing them to a broad range of patients in hospitals, clinics and medical practice groups.

Inland Southern California — the counties of Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial — faces a growing shortfall of physicians. As of 2002, the diverse and rapidly growing region had one of the lowest ratios of generalist physicians per 100,000 population in the state, at less than 60.

As outlined in the draft proposal, the medical school will also:

• Enroll at full build-out a total of 400 medical students, 160 graduate students and 160 residents. The medical school will open in fall 2012 with an initial class of 50 medical students.
• Build upon the existing UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences and its innovative student success initiatives, FastStart and the Medical Scholars Program. The biomedical sciences program offers the first two years of medical school instruction to admitted UCR students, after which students transfer to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA to finish their M.D.
• Focus research efforts on the medical and health needs of residents in the Inland Southern California region, such as cardiovascular diseases, insulin-resistant diabetes and metabolic syndrome, neurodegenerative diseases, emerging infectious diseases, and health services, public health and health care access.
• Allocate significant resources and effort to ensure the school achieves its goals to enroll a diverse student body and attract faculty from underrepresented minority groups.
• Launch as early as summer 2012 a residency program which, in the near term, will provide additional access to healthcare and which will offer the required training for post-graduate medical students to achieve board certification and medical licensure.
• Construct facilities necessary to deliver the medical education and conduct the advanced research envisioned. The first transition phase of development, estimated at $48.4 million through mid-2011, will include renovation of existing instructional facilities and construction of a health sciences research building on the main campus. The School of Medicine will be headquartered permanently on West Campus near the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Chicago Avenue. Construction of infrastructure, two major instruction and research buildings and associated facilities on West Campus is estimated at $507.9 million between mid-2010 and mid-2015.

When fully established, it is estimated the medical school will have an $87 million annual operating budget, not including clinical practice revenues and expenses. Revenue sources will include state funding, education fees paid by students enrolled in the school, revenue from clinical services, contracts and grants, and private gifts and endowments.

The campus Academic Senate is currently reviewing the proposed curriculum and will vote on the curriculum and the medical school proposal. Following those actions, the initiative will go forward to the systemwide Academic Council and ultimately the University of California Board of Regents. Once the UCR campus receives final approval to establish a medical school, there will be detailed implementation planning to determine the specific programs and actions needed to launch and sustain the medical school.

The UC Board of Regents in November 2006 reviewed UCR’s preliminary proposal and authorized the campus to proceed with final planning for the school.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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