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UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program Students Announced

24 Students Begin Training in August in Medical Program

(July 29, 2004)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — Officials at the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences have selected 24 University of California, Riverside students to begin training in August in the campus’s prestigious medical program.

Craig V. Byus, Program Director and Dean of the UC Riverside Division of Biomedical Sciences, and Richard Luben, chair of the Admissions Committee, made the announcement.

“These students were selected from a pool of 53 eligible candidates,” Luben said. “Their outstanding academic records, combined with their strong levels of community service and medical volunteerism, distinguish them as highly capable students who are now on track to complete their MD degrees in June 2008.”

The students selected for the program are:

  • Sheila Alex -- San Jose

  • Rahul Bhardwaj -- Hawthorne

  • Michael Chen -- Redlands

  • Tony Chen -- Cupertino

  • James Conner -- Yucaipa

  • Louisa Hanna -- Alta Loma

  • Omid Jafari -- Granada Hills

  • Paul Kim -- Riverside

  • Edita Krakora -- Riverside

  • Derek Kwan -- Rowland Heights

  • Julie Lam -- El Monte

  • Catherine Lin -- San Jose

  • Matthew Longacre -- San Dimas

  • William Lorentz -- San Diego

  • Tony Nguyen -- Laguna Niguel

  • Michelle Park -- Los Angeles

  • Jeffrey Petersen -- Covina

  • Claudia Rico -- Moreno Valley

  • Nicholas Saguan -- Highland

  • Zabita Singh -- Riverside

  • Shirley Tung -- La Verne

  • Feei Feei Ung -- Clovis

  • Rosalind Vo -- Riverside

  • Shin-Chern (Judy) Wang -- Arcadia

The UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program has a 30-year history of producing outstanding physicians. Each year, 24 UCR students are chosen to take part in the medical program. These students will complete their first two years of medical studies on the UC Riverside campus and then move to UCLA for the final two years of clinical rotations.

UCR students in the program have a unique opportunity to take part in a remarkable learning environment and, because their medical school class is so small, they have outstanding access to learning resources and unparalleled interaction with the biomedical sciences faculty and their student colleagues. UCR professors teach students the basic science fundamentals, and the clinical faculty, a team of more than 80 dedicated community physicians and practitioners, expand on this background, instruct the students in clinical skills, and serve as mentors.

“Our UCR students are exceptionally well-prepared when they move on to UCLA for their clinical rotations, and they often perform better than their UCLA counterparts on their critical licensing examinations,” said Byus.

“This program is unique in the state,” said Luben. “We’re delighted that the students chosen this year have taken advantage of this opportunity, and we look forward to welcoming more outstanding students in the future.”

Starting in fall of 2005, UCR students from any major will be able to apply to the Haider program if they have completed the prerequisites for medical school admission.

For more information about the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences, contact the UC Riverside Division of Biomedical Sciences at (951) 827-4333 or (951) 827-4334.

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