UCR Division of Biomedical Sciences

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The UCR Division of Biomedical Sciences is responsible for administering the Thomas Haider program and has been developed into a full fledged medical school at the University of California, Riverside.

Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences[edit]

This program offers a joint medical degree program with UCLA. The first two years of medical instruction are given on the UCR campus. Third- and fourth-year clerkships are served at UCLA and its affiliated medical centers. Students completing the program receive a bachelor of science degree in biomedical sciences from UCR and an M.D. degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Before 2002 the joint program was an accelerated seven-year track offered exclusively to biomedical science majors. In that year, however, the program was lengthened to eight years and opened to all qualified majors at UC Riverside. Up to 24 of each year's applicants are chosen to attend medical school at UCR and UCLA.[1]

Proposed medical school[edit]

Plans to establish a medical school had been in progress since Chancellor Orbach’s administration in the 1990s, and had attracted substantial support from industry as well as the local community.[2][3][4] The Regents approved UCR's medical school proposal on November 16, 2006, and enrolled the first four-year medical students in fall 2013.[5]

Proponents of the project say it will help alleviate a projected statewide shortage of health care providers in California. The Inland Empire region in particular faces a physician shortfall of 53% by 2015.[6] The school is also seen as a way of addressing health disparities among underserved minority populations in the area.[7] However, Deloitte Consulting, a company hired by the university to oversee planning for the school, recently proposed a revision to the school's mission statement that excluded the reference to "underserved," prompting Acting Chancellor Grey to send letters to planning committee leaders reinforcing the university's commitment to diversity.[8]

In 2009 Dr. G Richard Olds, M.D. was identified to serve as the founding dean of the medical school.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "UCR Biomed Prospective Medical Students page". 
  2. ^ "Press Enterprise (3/7/06): Panel to hone pitch for medical school". Retrieved March 31, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Press Enterprise (5/16/06): UC Riverside receives its largest gift, $15.5 million". Retrieved March 31, 2006. 
  4. ^ "LA Times (7/27/06): UnitedHealth Donates to Planned Medical Schools". Archived from the original on August 13, 2006. Retrieved March 31, 2006. 
  5. ^ "Press Enterprise (11/16/06): Regents ratify med school". Retrieved November 16, 2006. 
  6. ^ Kennedy-Ross, Selicia (October 17, 2007). "What's in the future for I. E. universities?". San Bernardino Sun. Retrieved 2007-10-20. 
  7. ^ Levister, Chris (July 18, 2007). "UCR Medical School Could Play Key Role In Eliminating Health Disparities". Black Voice News. Retrieved 2007-10-20. 
  8. ^ Regus, Elaine (November 8, 2007). "UCR examines diversity concerns at new medical school". The Press Enterprise. Retrieved 2007-11-08.