University of California, Riverside

School of Medicine



For Prospective Medical Students


Mission of the UCR Medical School

The mission of the UCR School of Medicine is to improve the health of the people of California and, especially, to serve Inland Southern California by training a diverse workforce of physicians and by developing innovative research and health care delivery programs that will improve the health of the medically underserved in the region and become models to be emulated throughout the state and nation.

Message to Prospective Students

We are proud to introduce California’s newest medical school, which recently received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and will enroll its inaugural class of M.D. students in August 2013. Building on a long partnership in medical education with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the UCR School of Medicine is committed to expanding and diversifying the physician workforce in Inland Southern California and improving the health of people living in the region.

The foundation for this new medical school is an excellent integrated two-year medical curriculum which was developed in concert with UCLA as part of the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences. This program provided the first two years of M.D. education at UCR for over 30 years; students then completed their M.D. training at UCLA. More than 700 practicing physicians have graduated from this joint program. The new UCR School of Medicine will continue the tradition of providing a unique portal into medical school for UCR students, with up to 24 of the 50 seats filled by students who attend UCR for at least six consecutive quarters and complete their bachelor’s degree at UCR.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about the UCR School of Medicine.

Neal L. Schiller, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Christian Lytle
Chair, Admissions Committee
Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences

A New Medical School for Inland Southern California

 If you aspire to be a patient-centered physician, if your passion is serving those in your community who are less fortunate, the UCR School of Medicine may be the pathway to achieving your dream.

The inaugural class of medical students entering in August 2013 will become the sixth medical school in the world renowned University of California. This medical school is distinctive in its focus on serving the needs of the Inland Southern California region — a rapidly growing and ethnically diverse region that is home to 4.2 million people.

With an initial class size of 50, UCR medical students will benefit from an intimate educational experience that features:

  • A organ-based, integrated approach to the science of human biology and disease,
  • Instruction in clinical skills from the very beginning,
  • A distinctive, longitudinal clinical experience that begins in Year 2, and
  • Mentorship from a team of student-centered biomedical science faculty and community-based clinical faculty.

Find our more about the UCR School of Medicine:

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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) 827-7353
General Inquiries: (951) 827-4568
Fax: (951) 827-7688
E-mail: medschool@ucr.edu

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