A Community-Based Medical School for the 21st Century


Mission, Vision, Diversity, & Values Statements

The School of Medicine Mission

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.

Our Vision

Education: Educate and retain a diverse physician and research workforce needed to address the underserved patient care needs of the region. 

Research: Develop a platform for expanded biomedical, translational, clinical and population-based research programs to advance knowledge in the medical sciences.

Clinical (UCR Health): Improve the health of the people of Inland Southern California by developing innovative health care programs that will deliver quality healthcare within our communities. “Bringing Health Home.” 

Our Values

Inclusion – Embracing diversity in the broadest sense and appreciating all points of view.
Integrity – Exhibiting honesty and the highest ethical standards in all matters.
Innovation – Pursuing organizational goals with creativity and novelty.
Excellence – Demonstrating extraordinary dedication to the highest quality. outcomes.
Accountability – Taking responsibility and ownership.
Respect – Showing consideration and appreciation for others.

Statement on Diversity

We, the faculty, students and staff of the UCR School of Medicine believe that a diverse student body, faculty and staff are essential to achievement of academic excellence. We are committed to recruiting students, faculty and staff responsive to our mission whose diversity contributes to an optimal learning environment. People of varied backgrounds, evidenced by a variety of personal experiences, values and worldviews arising from differences of culture and circumstance, bring added value to the education of students, research, and service to the community. Some of the personal experiences that align with the School of Medicine mission are disadvantaged backgrounds, speaking English as a second language, completing a portion of education in our region or growing up in a medically underserved area, and being first in family to complete a higher education degree. In building a diverse medical school, differences that can add to the value of our educational environment also include, but are not limited to: gender, race, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation, abilities/disabilities, educational or socio-economic disadvantage (distance traveled), first in family to attend an institution of higher learning, personal or family experience of having limited access to health care, unique or challenging life experiences, and sexual orientation.

We are committed to recognizing and nurturing merit, talent and achievement by supporting diversity and equal opportunity in our education, services and administration, as well as research and creative activity. We will endeavor to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of talented students, faculty and staff from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented in medical education and the practice of medicine. Recruitment efforts and resources will be aligned with the goal to improve recruitment of individuals from groups underrepresented in medicine into faculty positions, recognizing that faculty, in particular, serve as role models to attract a diverse student body. Given the mission of the UCR School of Medicine and the desire to see the faculty, as well as the student body, reflect the cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic diversity of the region that we serve, searches will endeavor to recruit faculty with diverse characteristics.