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Proposed Med School Gets Consultant

Kiki Nocella Appointed Consultant on Medical School Proposal

Family medicine scholar will advise UCR on the development of residency programs

(August 18, 2006)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — ( — Kiki Nocella, a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, has been appointed special consultant for the Office of the Chancellor at UC Riverside.

In her new role Nocella will advise UCR administrators in the planning and development of residency programs for the proposal to develop a new medical school at UC Riverside.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Kiki Nocella’s knowledge and expertise to help us realize our goal of creating a medical school at UCR,” said UCR Chancellor France Córdova.

As part of her consultant duties, Nocella will conduct interviews and focus groups, provide data analysis, meet with state and local experts involved in residency program design and implementation, and do financial and strategic planning.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for me to work with the leadership, faculty and staff of UCR and the communities of the Inland Empire to develop post-doctoral training program plans” said Nocella. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

Nocella, who got her M.H.A., Ph. D. at USC, is the former vice chairwoman of finance and administration for the Family Medicine Department at the Keck School of Medicine. She has been a consultant for various academic medical centers and regional health systems on the intricacies of graduate medical education financing and residency program design.

She is a certified member of the American College of Medical Practice Executives and serves on a number of boards and advisory groups including the Board of the California State Rural Health Association and the Board of the California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.

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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