Advisory Panel Urges Delay in Development of UC-Riverside Med School
The California Postsecondary Education Commission will meet today to discuss whether to go forward with development of a new medical school at UC-Riverside, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reports.Â The commission's role in the project is advisory.
UC Regents approved development of the medical school in July despite a letter from the commission urging that the project be delayed.
Commission members support the development of the medical school because of a doctor shortage in the area but remain concerned about the project's implications for the state budget.
The commission estimates that the first phase of development would cost $73.5 million, while the project would generate about $43.45 million in total revenue.Â
UC-Riverside plans to provide about $7 million toward the project through fundraising and expects the state to cover the remaining $23 million.UC-Riverside opposes delaying the school, spokesperson Kathy Barton said (Miller, Riverside Press Enterprise, 9/22). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.