July 9, 2020
Budget agreement guarantees expansion of UCR medical school
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A final state budget deal passed by the Senate and Assembly and headed to Governor Newsom contains the final piece of funding to expand the UC Riverside School of Medicine.

Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) described the spending plan as “the most consequential budget in our state’s history.”

“This budget allocates $25 million in ongoing funding to support expanded enrollment, in addition to the $93.6 million that was authorized last year for the construction of a new facility. Together, these investments will allow the School of Medicine to double its enrollment capacity from 250 medical students to 500 doctors and medical professionals-to-be,” Roth said in a statement.

He added that “The critical shortage of primary care physicians has long affected our region, and these healthcare disparities have only become clearer and concerning during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
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