University of California, Riverside

School of Medicine



The Thomas Haider Program at the UCR School of Medicine


Visionary Support for the UCR School of Medicine

Dr. Thomas T. Haider and Mrs. Salma Haider have long supported the goal to educate physicians for distinguished medical careers in service to underserved, inland and rural populations.

An Enduring Tradition

Built upon the foundation established by the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences, the UCR School of Medicine has established the Thomas Haider Program at the UCR School of Medicine. The Haider Program maintains its original charter to recruit, admit and support students from underrepresented groups who are from UC Riverside.

The Thomas Haider Program at the UCR School of Medicine continues the tradition of providing a unique pathway into medical school for UCR students, with up to 24 of the 50 seats in the charter class filled by students who attend UCR for at least six consecutive quarters and complete their bachelor’s degree at UCR. Students admitted to the Haider Program complete all four years of medical school at UCR, with the M.D. degree awarded by UC Riverside.

How to Apply

Students who by the time of UCR graduation have completed at least six consecutive quarters of study at UC Riverside are eligible to apply to the UCR School of Medicine through the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) and will be placed into the Haider Program applicant pool.

Program Components

In addition, the Haider Program encompasses several student pipeline initiatives of the medical school that are designed to assist UCR students interested in a career in medicine.

The UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences

Applications are no longer being accepted to the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences. Students currently enrolled in this program will complete Year 1 and Year 2 of their medical education at UCR, then transfer to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA for Years 3 and 4 and earn their M.D. degree from UCLA.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

School Information

School of Medicine
2608 School of Medicine Education Building

Admissions Inquiries: (951) 827-4333
General Inquiries: (951) 827-4568
Fax: (951) 827-7688
E-mail: medschool@ucr.edu

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