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School of Medicine Needed in California


Senator Barbara Boxer Has Requested $1 Million in New Funds for UCR’s School of Medicine

Money would support medical simulation equipment that allows medical students to practice their skills.

(June 11, 2010)

Chancellor Timothy P. White talks with Senator Barbara Boxer as School of Medicine Dean G. Richard Olds looks on. Photo credit: Kathy BartonEnlarge

Chancellor Timothy P. White talks with Senator Barbara Boxer as School of Medicine Dean G. Richard Olds looks on. Photo credit: Kathy Barton

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- Senator Barbara Boxer said yesterday at UC Riverside that she has requested a $1 million federal appropriation to help create a new medical simulation lab that will allow medical students to practice responding to realistic clinical scenarios on computer-controlled full-body mannequins that mimic human physiology.

She made the announcement in front of a new Health Sciences building under construction at UCR, complete with the sound of drills and heavy equipment in action.

“To me that is the sound of progress,” Boxer said. “To me that is the sound of jobs and that is what we need here in the Inland Empire, in California and in the nation.” She said a new medical school at UC Riverside would directly create hundreds of jobs for construction workers, medical school faculty, researchers and support staff. Collaboration in fields such as nanotechnology and genetics will attract millions of dollars in research funds. Technology will spin off create new industry in these tough economic times.

UC Riverside is planning to open the medical school to the first class of students in 2012. When it opens it will be the first public medical school opened in California in more than 40 years.

“Senator Boxer is a California legislator who truly understands the needs of the university, the needs of our community,” said UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White. “She is a staunch advocate for the needs of the environment and a tireless champion of the needs of children and families. Because she is a resident of the Inland Empire, we do hold her particularly close to our hearts.”

Boxer noted the physician shortages in the Inland region. Riverside and San Bernardino counties have just over half the physicians per capita than California as a whole.

Boxer said she would work with Senator Dianne Feinstein and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers from California to support the UCR medical school.

“As your Senator, please consider me a partner,” Boxer said.
Project Manager on the construction of the Health Sciences Building, Anthony S. Mardirosian, poses with Senator Barbara Boxer. Photo credit: Kathy BartonEnlarge

Project Manager on the construction of the Health Sciences Building, Anthony S. Mardirosian, poses with Senator Barbara Boxer. Photo credit: Kathy Barton

Senator Barbara Boxer on the campus of the University of California, Riverside on Friday. Photo credit: Kathy BartonEnlarge

Senator Barbara Boxer on the campus of the University of California, Riverside on Friday. Photo credit: Kathy Barton

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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