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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.

Martha L. Bridges October 08, 2012 at 07:08 PM
This can mean nothing but good for all of Riverside County. Bob Buster has supported the long term efforts to bring a much needed medical school to the UC Riverside campus, and we should thank him for ihs efforts by reelecting him for another 4 years so he has the opportunity to complete the plan. A medical school will provide local students/residents with a great educational opportunity and at the same time it will also draw research companies and good jobs to the area.
Chris Hyland October 08, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Remember Buster did not push the Medical school to be built alone there are 4 other Supervisors votes that accomplished such. Buster is a joke he never does anything for the taxpaying citizens unless it is election time. Then spends his time placing lies out about how wonderful he is and what he has done for the citizens. "WHEN" Well in our area of southwest Riverside County he never does anything until election time of which he has one side of a road paved or raving about his vote on a medical school or police or code enforcement protection which we don't have full scale. He recently put out a flyer of lies about his oponent Kevin Jeffries as to how Kevin votes and serves the taxpayers. HE SHOULD ONLY WISH HE WAS AS HONEST AS HIS OPPONENT Kevin Jeffries in working for the taxpayers full time and not only at election time. Based on the lying trash flyer Buster just put out - you can go the State and get the facts on just how Kevin Jeffries has voted on behalf of the citizens. IT'S TIME FOR CHANGE VOTE VOTE VOTE KEVIN JEFFRIES
Teller of Truth October 09, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Funny that Marfa should come on today @ 12:08! So what were you doing this morning? Constantly writing Comments perhaps? Hmmmmm .......
Teller of Truth October 09, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Yeah, I noticed that too Henry. Too bad that some politicians have to resort to name calling & bashing the other guys reputation, in order to get a few votes. Kinda sad.
Ken Mayes October 09, 2012 at 01:12 AM
This is very much up Bob's alley. He gave the college $100,000.00 of taxpayer's money so they could borrow $20,000,000.00 (that's million). Kind of the same thing he did for Wildomar, he gave the city almost 2 million knowing full well that they would never be able to pay it back, he also negotiated a deal for 22 acres of cliff to be used for a park at 5.4 million which included a boat load of developer credits at a time that the county should not have been negotiating anything for the city as the citizens had already voted to become a city and were waiting to seat their council but of course Bob had to get in that last deal. I'm not saying Kevin is going to be any better but let's call a spade a spade Bob is not a king amongst men.
Diana October 09, 2012 at 01:52 AM
TOT: So true she hasn't been on here educating us for a few days now, can't say that I missed her, just an observation.
Constant Comment October 09, 2012 at 04:20 AM
I like Bob Buster. He'll get my vote!
BRAVO, Supervisor Buster! PAUL ANGULO / RIVERSIDE COUNTY AUDITOR-CONTROLLER / UNITED STATES ARMY VETERAN
Elsinore 33 October 09, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Mr Angulo, Please hit the finance reports and fix the $80 million shortfall at the County. Looking at the numbers as you have done for four years isn't enough, why not give us a plan on how to attack the deficit. Stop screwing around on the blogs and do some work for a change, you get paid over $175 per year to fix the budget...well fix the budget! We aren't paying you to blog.
Constant Comment October 09, 2012 at 04:01 PM
ToT, toddler, whatever you like to be called-- isn't that your style too? Pot. Kettle. Black.
Constant Comment October 09, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Toddler (ToT), her name is Martha. No F. just sayin.
Constant Comment October 09, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Marfacomment, TellerofTruth is not so stupid that he can't tell its you and not me! Try again idiot! }~)
Constant Comment October 09, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Marfacomment, you still have the girlie picture honey! Everyone knows I'm a dude & you're not me! Going to have to do better than that sweetie! hahaha }~)
Constant Comment October 09, 2012 at 09:50 PM
THE REAL CONSTANT COMMENT DOESN"T! No one really cares about how you're voting Marfacomment! Hahaha }~)
Danny Boy October 10, 2012 at 02:09 AM
And Jeffries did absolutely nothing to help. Don't forget that is the University of CALIFORNIA (noun - the place Jeffries shows up, votes once in a while and always collects a check) at Riverside, or UCR. Once again, Buster is picking up the pieces that Jeffries and the rest of the trained chimps can't deliver on. Buster's foresight and leadership continue to benefit the people of Riverside County. Isn't Jeffries actually supposed to be working on the issues he was elected to do in Sacramento?
Michelle Randall October 10, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Absolutely great! I just called for a doctor's appointment and was told 3 weeks or go to Critical Care. I think our doctor to population rate is about 36 per 1000. Not only that, but this new school is projected to bring 8000 new jobs. Thanks Supervisor Buster for 10 years of effort. Michelle Randall
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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