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Congressional Delegation Supports Establishing Medical School

Members of Riverside County Congressional Delegation Support Establishment of UCR School of Medicine

Commitment strengthens UCR’s efforts to acquire medical school

(April 12, 2006)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Yesterday, members of the Riverside County Congressional delegation presented a letter to UC Riverside Chancellor France A. Córdova that voices their support for establishing a medical school on campus.

UCR is “undertaking an exciting challenge to create a much needed site to train a new generation of medical professionals,” states the letter signed by Congresswoman Mary Bono and Congressmen Jerry Lewis, Ken Calvert and Darrell Issa.

The letter also acknowledges that UCR is undertaking “an important step that must be taken to meet the needs of Riverside County, the entire state of California and its rapidly growing population.”

“UCR is immensely grateful to the members of the Riverside County Congressional delegation for their strong support of a School of Medicine on our campus,” said UCR Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Ellen Wartella. “Their commitment strengthens our efforts to make a positive impact on health care in Inland Southern California.”

This spring, UCR will submit a proposal for a full four-year, research-based medical school to University of California officials. If approved, the school would serve the medically underserved in the large and growing Inland Southern California and be the first medical school in the western United States this century.

The University of California, Riverside ( 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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