UC-Riverside Plans To Submit Proposal for Medical School
University of California-Riverside Chancellor France Cordova on Thursday announced that the university would seek approval to open a medical school, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reports (Agha/Beeman, Riverside Press-Enterprise, 11/11). According to Cordova, a recent study projecting a statewide physician shortage in the next 10 years was the main impetus for the proposal.
The proposed medical school would collaborate with existing hospitals in San Bernardino and Riverside counties rather than establish its own medical center (Trouson, Los Angeles Times, 11/11).
Cordova said she will appoint a panel of former deans from medical schools nationwide to advise UCR officials on the medical school proposal. Cordova said she will submit a formal proposal to UC President Robert Dynes in March for review by the UC Board of Regents and added that she hopes to receive a decision by July (Riverside Press-Enterprise, 11/11).