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Supervisor Bob Buster's Support For Medical School Pays Off As New Campus Opens Today

UC Riverside officials, students and community leaders today will celebrate the UCR School of Medicine as officially open to prospective students.

Local students looking to pursue an education in medicine can now apply to an accredited medical school in their own backyard.

UC Riverside officials, students and community leaders today will celebrate the UCR School of Medicine as officially open to prospective students.

The campus received word Tuesday that the Liaison Committee on Medical Education -- the national accrediting body for programs geared to medical degrees in North America -- had given preliminary approval to UCR's proposed courses.

The decision paves the way for the university to begin accepting applications for its charter enrollment of 50 students in the fall of 2013.

"This is momentous ... for Inland Southern California and for UC Riverside," said UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White.

An informal celebration in recognition of the accreditation milestone is planned for 5:30 p.m. at Rivera Plaza, adjacent to Hinderaker Hall.

The LCME withheld accreditation approval in 2011, when it became clear the state would not be making annual funding available to UCR because of California's gaping budget deficit.

However, over the last year, the university has secured tens of millions of dollars in private donations, government grants -- including $20 million from Riverside County -- and UC system appropriations, enabling it to move ahead with opening its doors next fall.

"Working together, the community and the UCR campus simply persevered because expanding access to healthcare is one of the most pressing issues for Inland Southern California," UCR Medical School Dean Dr. Richard Olds said. "This milestone enables us to ... begin expanding and diversifying our region's physician workforce."

Efforts toward establishing a medical school have been ongoing since 2006. The school will be the sixth in the UC system, which hasn't inaugurated a new campus M.D. program since the 1960s.

Riverside County First District Supervisor Bob Buster – who represents Lake Elsinore and Wildomar – has been a big supporter of the medical school. In December 2010, the supervisor presented UC officials with a $100,000 check for the purpose of securing $10 million in state funding and another $10 million from the Kaiser Permanente Foundation.

“The medical school will serve as an important economic and academic cornerstone for Riverside County and the entire region,” Buster said in a released statement. “It will play a pivotal role in helping our region attract and retain quality physicians and healthcare professionals, while creating new jobs and business opportunities for those who live here.”

Prospective students can begin submitting applications for acceptance to the four-year program later this month when the medical school is added to the American Medical College Application Service. --City News Service and Toni McAllister contributed to this report.

Antonio October 10, 2012 at 07:04 PM
K. Jeffries always supports special interests (public employee unions, and corporate interests. Jeffries wants to repeal the County's modest solar fees for large scale (San Francisco corporate) solar projects in the desert. These use federally guaranteed loans. These fees offset taxes we residents pay. Jeffries opposes $150/yr fee for high-fire area homeowners to offset the firefighting costs. The fee is good public policy. Jeffries panders to the worst elements. The Press Enterprise endorses Buster. He stood up to public employee unions and corporate interests and is highly ethical and hardworking. He deserves another term. VOTE FOR BUSTER.
Antonio October 10, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I have spoken to many people in the Valley and folks who know in Lake Elsinore, Lakeland Village, Wildomar, Murrieta, Temecula support and will VOTE FOR BOB BUSTER for COUNTY SUPERVISOR.
Antonio October 10, 2012 at 07:10 PM
K. Jeffries doesn't work for the taxpayers he works for special interests (public employee unions and corporate interests). We need ethical and strong leaders like BOB BUSTER as County Supervisor.
Michelle Randall October 10, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Henry, Supervisor Buster was in a meeting about ten years ago with two others. That was the beginning of the idea of a Medical School at UCR. Since then, he has spearheaded the project. The other Supervisors have followed along. Please elaborate on any lies about Kevin Jeffries on Supervisor Buster's flyer. I have been to the State and gotten the facts on just how Kevin Jeffries has voted on behalf of the citizens and I have found no lies. All those comments are referenced. Look them up. As to who is where at election time, I had never seen or heard from Jeffries until he decided to run for Supervisor. Now he's everywhere, being every man's champion. What a joke!

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