$15 million in State funding Ensures UC Riverside School of Medicine’s Doors Open

(Riverside, CA) – The Inland Empire Counties of San Bernardino and Riverside have been hit hard by the great recession and are still struggling to recover.  But thanks to efforts by California State Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), the University of California, Riverside Medical School has received some much needed state funding to train students for crucial jobs in the health-care industry.  In turn, those jobs will strengthen the region’s economy, as well as improve the doctor to patient ratio in the community.  Learn more in this Assembly Assets Video.

Dear Friend,

Through the tireless efforts of Senator Richard Roth and myself, the UC Riverside School of Medicine successfully is receiving $15 million of full and continuous funding through the state budget.

August marks the beginning of a new era for UC Riverside and the community as a whole with the medical school commencing their first classes. I am pleased to announce the inaugural class of 50 students attending the UC Riverside School of Medicine has been presented with their white coats, marking a student’s transition from the study of preclinical to clinical health sciences.

For far too long, working families have faced a critical need for doctors and healthcare providers, many times traveling hours to receive medical care. As Chair of the Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee, I recognize the Medical School will also increase economic competitiveness and bring much needed jobs to the region.

The demand for new doctors and healthcare providers will be more acute as California implements the Affordable Care Act and thousands of Inland Southern California residents will become eligible for healthcare coverage, many for the first time.

Congratulations to the inaugural class of students at UC Riverside School of Medicine. I look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of many more students in the coming years.


Jose Medina
Assemblymember, 61st District

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(Sacramento) - The Assembly Higher Education Committee has approved AB 27, a bill authored by Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) that will allocate $15 million in state funds to operate and expand the UC Riverside School of Medicine. "Today's approval to fund the UC Riverside School of Medicine by the Assembly Higher Education Committee is the first step towards ensuring the Inland Empire region receives access to affordable and basic health care," said Medina. "This bill would allow students to study medicine in our community and continue on to practice and serve the needs of our region." Here's more from Assemblymember Medina in this Assembly Access video.


Physician Shortage Nearing Critical Levels, Funding Needed for UC Riverside Med School
(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), a host of medical students, other lawmakers and California Medical Association representatives gathered on the steps of the State Capitol to show their support for a package of legislation designed to deal with the growing physician shortage in California. Assemblymember Medina’s bill, AB 27, would provide $15 million annually for the UC Riverside School of Medicine, set to open its doors in August of 2013. “Providing state funding for the UC Riverside School of Medicine is crucial in our efforts to ensuring the Inland Empire receives access to affordable and basic health care,” said Assemblymember Medina. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.