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Medical School To Receive Federal Funds

Appropriations Bill Includes $4 Million for UC Riverside Medical School

Funds will support construction of facilities

(December 18, 2009)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The UCR School of Medicine will receive $4 million as the result of an appropriation by Congress through the budget of the Department of Health and Human Services. The funds will support construction of facilities in preparation for the opening of the medical school, anticipated in fall 2012.

“This is a major step forward for the School of Medicine,” said UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White. “The funding will enable us to sustain momentum on this project, which is critical for addressing the region’s physician shortage and for attending to health care disparities in our diverse and underserved population. We are grateful to our federal elected representatives for their leadership to confront Inland Southern California’s health care crisis.”

The appropriation was included in H.R. 3288, signed by President Obama on Wednesday, Dec. 16, which provides appropriations for a variety of federal departments including Health and Human Services. The medical school appropriation request was made in the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Ken Calvert, Joe Baca, Jerry Lewis and Mary Bono Mack and in the Senate by Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

“I was pleased to work with my colleagues to help secure funding for the establishment of a medical school at UCR,” said Rep. Calvert. “A medical school at UCR will help to address the severe physician shortage in Inland Southern California by training a diverse physician workforce and by developing innovative research and health care delivery programs to improve the health of medically underserved populations. UCR has a long, proud history of academic excellence and a medical school will continue that tradition in the field of medicine.”

Rep. Jerry Lewis of Redlands, the senior Republican member of the California delegation and the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, said the current focus on health care has drawn attention to physician workforce needs. “During the discourse on the future of health care in America, it has become very clear that we must increase the number of highly-trained physicians and medical professionals if we are to maintain the world’s best healthcare system. I am proud to support the exciting new medical school coming to UC Riverside, and the funding we were able to secure is a strong indicator of how important this project is to our national needs and goals in health care.”

Said Rep. Baca: “The future of the School of Medicine at UCR is of critical importance to the health and well being of the Inland area. When completed, this institution will send more well-trained doctors into our local communities and also serve as an important engine for economic growth. I am glad to work in a bipartisan fashion with my colleagues in the House to ensure this project receives adequate federal assistance.”

The University of California Board of Regents approved establishment of the medical school in summer 2008 and UCR recently appointed as founding dean G. Richard Olds, M.D., who will assume the position on Feb. 1, 2010. The UCR School of Medicine will be the first public medical school started in California in more than 40 years.

Currently under construction at UCR is a health sciences building, which will serve as the initial research platform for the medical school. Also planned is renovation of existing instructional space to provide an expanded anatomy lab and patient exam practice facility, as well as a medical simulation lab allowing students to practice clinical skills in a virtual environment using high-tech mannequins and other specialized equipment.


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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