The UCR School of Medicine



reated to address the shortfall of healthcare professionals in the region, UCR’s School of Medicine celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2023. In addition to training a diverse workforce of physicians to meet the needs of the underserved patient population, the school is advancing knowledge in the medical sciences through biomedical, translational, clinical, and population-based research programs. And, its clinical component, UCR Health, is developing and expanding innovative programs to deliver quality healthcare within Inland Southern California communities. Here’s a snapshot of the school’s people and programs.


364 medical students
medical students are currently enrolled in the school, more than half of whom have ties to Inland Southern California. Among them, 44% are from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine and 37% are the first in their family to complete college. To date, 387 students have earned their MDs, including 64 students in 2023.

2,100+ students benefited from Pathway Programs
students benefited from pathway programs in the 2022-23 academic year alone. The 10 unique programs offered by the School of Medicine help guide students from Inland Southern California high schools, junior colleges, colleges, and universities toward careers in health professions, with a long-term goal of keeping them in the region.

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71 graduate students
graduate students are training as interdisciplinary research scientists in the medical school’s Division of Biomedical Sciences. The 40 doctoral students and 31 master’s students are learning to bridge the gap between clinical medicine and basic science research. Students can work with more than 60 UCR faculty members at the forefront of fields including neuroscience, bioengineering, immunology, and molecular endocrinology.

46 patients visited UCR Health
patients visited UCR Health in the last academic year. With six clinics in Southern California and continual expansion, UCR Health brings quality, culturally sensitive healthcare to the region so patients don’t have to travel far to receive the medical attention they need.

$18.5 million in research grants
in research grants and $5 million in philanthropic gifts garnered in 2022-23 is supporting the school’s pathway programs, research on diseases like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and Alzheimer’s, and a clinic for Riverside’s homeless population.

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