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Chancellor Gives Update on Medical School

UC Board of Regents Given Update on UCR Medical School Planning

Development of a comprehensive business plan and the status of a proposed curriculum highlight the report.

(November 15, 2007)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — UC Riverside Acting Chancellor Robert D. Grey updated the University of California Board of Regents on planning of its proposed school of medicine, including the current development of a comprehensive business plan covering its financial and operational strategies.

Grey detailed the business planning process and reported on the status of a proposed curriculum for the school and the search for a founding dean on Thursday, Nov. 15. The UC Board of Regents in November 2006 reviewed UCR’s preliminary proposal and authorized the campus to proceed with final planning for the school.

“Our medical school will be founded on the university’s three-fold mission of teaching, research, and service. But the mission for UCR’s school is tailored especially for the needs of Inland Southern California,” Grey said.

Key elements of the medical school’s mission are training a diverse physician workforce and developing research and healthcare delivery programs to improve the health of medically underserved populations. The rapidly growing and diverse Inland Empire region had in 2002 one of the lowest ratios of active patient care physicians per 100,000 population in the state.

As part of the final planning phase, Grey has also appointed 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.

The business plan is being developed by six work groups representing faculty, staff, medical and community leadership, campus administration, and alumni. Each group is focusing on a major element of the medical school: its administrative, finance and student affairs structure; facilities and capital planning; research; academics; clinical medical education and clerkships; and graduate medical education programs. Grey is leading an executive team that oversees all of the work groups’ activities.

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

The search for a founding dean, temporarily suspended by Grey in order to allow the search for a new UCR chancellor to get underway and the business plan to be completed, will be re-launched in early 2008.

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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