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Planning for the School of Medicine

UCR’s Final Planning for a Medical School Shifts into High Gear

The goal is delivering the highest quality School of Medicine to Inland Southern California

(October 22, 2007)

Phyllis A. Guze

Phyllis A. Guze

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — UC Riverside has launched the final phase of planning for its proposed School of Medicine, including development of a business plan covering its operational and financial strategies.

An executive director for medical school planning has been named, six work groups formed and a consulting firm engaged to guide preparation of the school’s business plan. Additionally, UCR will establish a chancellor’s community advisory board to provide broad input on the medical school initiative.

Acting Chancellor Robert Grey, who led development of the initial proposal for the school, said “the goal is to create a final plan that is financially and strategically bullet proof.”

“As we progress in our planning efforts, the collaboration of UCR team members and the local community will be the key to delivering the highest quality School of Medicine to Inland Southern California,” he said.

He named Dr. Phyllis A. Guze as executive director, medical school planning. She is chair emerita of the Department of Medicine at the Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and long-time professor of medicine at UCLA. She has received 13 honors for outstanding teaching of medical students and has experience in both research and patient care.

The work groups are designed to expedite the planning process and allow in-depth analysis of infrastructure issues. These include the administrative structure for the school of medicine, facilities and capital planning, graduate medical education programs and the associated relationships with local medical facilities, and the clinical faculty requirements for teaching third and fourth year medical students. Grey is leading an executive team that oversees all of the work groups’ activities.

The work groups represent faculty, staff, medical community leadership, campus administration, and alumni.

Work group chairs are: Associate Dean of the UCR/UCLA Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences Neal Schiller; Professor Emeritus and Associate to the Vice Chancellor for Research Richard Luben; Dean of the UCR/UCLA Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences Craig Byus; Clinical Professor Stewart Shankel, M.D.; Vice Provost for Health Affairs Kiki Nocella and Graduate Division Dean Dallas Rabenstein as co-chairs of the graduate medical education work group; and Bioengineering Department Chair and Distinguished Professor Jerry Schultz and Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Sciences David Lo as co-chairs of the research enterprise work group.

Grey is establishing the chancellor’s community advisory board to serve as a crucial link between the community and the new school as it takes shape and matures.

Deloitte Consulting, with extensive experience in medical school advising, is helping to guide the work of each of the groups and provide the project management support.

UCR’s preliminary proposal to establish the medical school was approved in November 2006 by the UC Board of Regents. The endorsement authorized UCR to proceed with final planning for the school.

The curriculum for the school is before the UCR Academic Senate which is awaiting the business plan being developed by the work groups before putting the full proposal to a vote. That vote is expected in the first half of next year.

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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