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UC Riverside School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
900 University Ave.
Riverside, California 92521
(951) 827-4568
Email address
School Information
"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." (Source: "The UCR School of Medicine welcomed the first class of students in 2013, but the dream of creating a medical school in Riverside dates back to 1971." "The School of Medicine Education Building I is located on the east side of campus, next to the Orbach Science Library. Adjacent to Ed I is the site of the new School of Medicine Education Building II, which is scheduled for completion in 2023." (Source:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The school states that it "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."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The school's Center for Health Disparities Research states that it would change "the way researchers are trained so that anti-oppressive and community-engaged approaches are the norm rather than exception." Additionally, the Center would address "anti-Blackness within ourselves and our research community."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • On October 16, 2020, as part of the UCR Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience's Anti-Racism Policies, the department stated that it would ask its faculty to "incorporate health disparities and their impacts on marginalized communities into lectures given to our learners."
  • The "Health Equity, Social Justice, Anti-Racism (HESJAR) Thread Curriculum" at UCR School of Medicine is "designed to help students attain UCR Competency Objective 14 – conduct empathic and effective conversations with patients, families and colleagues of diverse backgrounds to promote health equity, social justice and anti-racism."
Program and Research Funding
  • The school's Center for Health Disparities Research states that it would support "opportunities for grant funding and mentorship of underrepresented scholars" and provide a "range of training programs for graduate, postdoctoral, and new Principal Investigators that are intentional in addressing the systemic inequities faced by Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities."
  • The objective of the school's Center for Health Disparities Research is to "build capacity in community-based research across all of the communities we serve, though our initial focus is on health disparities among Latino/Hispanic communities in Inland Southern California."
  • On October 16, 2020, as part of the UCR Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience's Anti-Racism Policies, the department stated that it would study "the impact of individual racist acts, unconscious bias, bullying, microaggressions and systemic racism on our patients, learners, faculty, and the community as a whole." Additionally, the department would be "open to understanding and mitigating our own biases and using this to intentionally assess how we care for and relate to Black patients and other marginalized groups."
  • In the summer of 2020, the HDR (Health Disparities Research) Internal Steering Committee "formed a Structural Racism Reading Group, which meets biweekly on an ongoing basis." Committee members include: "Internal Steering Committee members, other people affiliated with the HDR, and members of the UCR School of Medicine."
Symbolic Actions
  • On October 16, 2020, the UCR Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences released an "Anti-Racism Solidarity Statement" which states "As we fight two pandemics, coronavirus and racism, The University of California, Riverside’s Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience acknowledges that centuries of slavery and subsequent racial injustices faced daily by persons of color, and Black Americans in particular, are directly responsible for the multitude of inequities we see today."
  • The School of Medicine Center for Health Disparities Research (HDR@UCR) released a statement titled "In solidarity with Black Lives Matter," which states the following: "As a majority non-Black research center we recognize our individual and collective roles in challenging white supremacy and contributing to changing the systems of oppression and structural violence that create the health disparities we research. The gross inequalities that characterize American society compelled us to establish this center in the first place and drive our social justice mission."
  • On June 30, 2023, the school published its response to the Supreme Court's decision regarding race-conscious admission policies which stated the following: "As Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, I echo the concern and disappointment in this decision expressed by Chancellor Wilcox and by David Skorton, MD, President and CEO of the AAMC. Decades of research have shown that achieving racial and ethnic diversity in the physician workforce is critical to making progress in addressing what Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson referred to in her dissenting opinion as 'gulf-sized race-based gaps' that exist 'with respect to the health, wealth, and well-being of American citizens'."
Last updated November 16th, 2023
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