Plan for Medical School at UC-Merced Moves Forward at Slower Pace
At the UC Board of Regents meeting Wednesday, UC President Mark Yudof voiced support for a delayed plan to launch a medical school at UC-Merced and authorized the first phase of development for the proposed school, the Merced Sun-Star reports.
The statement came after the board reviewed a report by the Washington Advisory Group consulting firm recommending a longer development timeline for the proposed medical school, which would push back the opening date beyond 2013.Â
Yudof said that he and UC-Merced Chancellor Steve Kang concurred with the report's recommendation (Gaines, Merced Sun-Star, 2/4).
UC's approval of the continued development of a medical school at UC-Merced "is great news for the whole San Joaquin Valley, which suffers from an acute shortage of physicians," a Modesto Bee editorial states.
"It will take millions of dollars and an unknown number of years to bring the medical school fully to fruition," but Yudof's endorsement "was an essential step," the editorial states (Modesto Bee, 2/4).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.