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Riverside's Medical School Gets State Investment


State Budget Includes Funding for UC Riverside Medical School

Appropriation Keeps the Campus On Track for a Fall 2012 Opening

(October 8, 2010)

Dean of the UCR School of Medicine G. Richard Olds and UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White enjoy taking the word Enlarge

Dean of the UCR School of Medicine G. Richard Olds and UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White enjoy taking the word "planning" off of the medical school sign. Photo credit: Lars Walton.

RIVERSIDE, Calif.(www.ucr.edu)-– The School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside will receive $10 million as a result of the Budget Act of 2010 adopted this week by state Legislature and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today.

The funding will support start-up costs for the first public medical school to be developed in California in more than 40 years. The mission of the UCR School of Medicine is training a diverse physician workforce and developing research and health care delivery programs to improve the health of medically underserved populations. The University of California Board of Regents approved establishment of the medical school in summer 2008. With the state appropriation, UCR remains on track to enroll its first incoming class of 50 medical students in fall 2012.

“This is wonderful news for Inland Southern California,” said UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White. “Foremost, this investment is a testament to the strength and persistence of a community to advocate around a shared vision and to the courageous bipartisan leadership of our Sacramento delegation and Governor Schwarzenegger,” said UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White.

“Even in these hard economic times, strategic investments for the future are vital. We are gratified that the community and our elected leaders concurred that confronting the physician shortage is a challenge we cannot afford to put off,” White said.

The first state funding appropriated represents a significant milestone for the developing medical school, said founding Dean G. Richard Olds, who arrived at UCR in February 2010. “Not only does this investment enable us to put the necessary pieces in place to open the medical school, but it also enables us to leverage other private and public funding sources,” he said.

Olds, who previously held leadership positions at three medical schools, said he was drawn to UCR by the distinctive mission of the medical school to train a diverse physician workforce and improve the health of a medically underserved community, along with strong community support.

“Medical schools have traditionally done a good job training doctors to care for patients after they become sick. But the health care challenges of the 21st century – particularly in this region – require us to rethink the way we have been training physicians,” Olds said. “The doctors of tomorrow must have the cultural competence to interact with diverse patient populations. They must have an orientation to prevention, wellness and cost effectiveness. Working together with the community, we will build a new kind of medical school.”

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