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School of Medicine

School of Medicine

As a UCR School of Medicine (SOM) student, you will expand and diversify the much-needed physician workforce in the Inland Southern California region. UCR SOM is a community-based medical school with a regional focus and a social mission to improve the health of underserved populations.

Discover healthcare innovations as a Biomedical Scientist. Make a difference in county hospital-based family medicine clinics as a Resident. Provide compassionate and effective patient care as a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). 

SOM graduates go on to work in the fields of biomedical science, pediatrics, family medicine, general internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery and psychiatry.

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Student Pipeline Programs – While the UCR SOM is primarily a post-graduate/professional school, undergraduate students with an interest in the medical or health fields can jump-start their careers with Student Pipeline Programs. 

Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC) – HPAC's professional staff and peer mentors help UCR undergraduates interested in medical/health professions with pre-health professions coursework planning, health-related experiences, service work and preparing to apply for admission to graduate/professional health programs.

The Thomas Haider Program – Offers a unique pathway into the UCR SOM for up to 24 qualifying UCR undergraduate alumni. Students can apply to the UCR SOM through the Thomas Haider Early Assurance Program (EAP), allowing them to be admitted without going through the traditional medical school application process.

Graduate Programs

Medical Education Program – Seeks applicants who embrace SOM’s community-based mission and have diverse intellectual and life experiences to care for diverse populations. Applicants from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, not just those with a science degree, are invited to apply.

Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences – A highly competitive program that is open to any student with a B.S./B.A. or M.D., or who is currently in an M.D. program.

Graduate Medical Education – Sponsors residency training programs in Inland Southern California.

Undecided? We Can Help

The UCR School of Medicine helps students successfully transition 
into a major field of study that is consistent with their aptitudes, values and goals.

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UCR School of Medicine

Explore lecture halls, patient examination rooms and a medical simulation laboratory.


Fun Facts

1st public medical school on the West Coast in more than 40 years.

of the class of 2017 matched into residencies in California.

More than 70 clerkship training sites.

clerkship training sites.

FastStart Program

is a 5-week intensive program for incoming UCR freshmen who aspire to medical/science-based careers.

7 Residency Training Programs

In the UCR SOM class of 2020, 30% are first in their family to complete bachelor’s degree.

In the Spotlight

“I am overjoyed to be at a medical school with a mission that is so aligned with my values. In applying to medical schools, I prioritized a supportive environment that would nurture my point of view. The UCR School of Medicine has more than delivered.”

- Annie Le, Student

“Hearing people’s stories and illnesses, and working with them to make them feel better, is really rewarding. It feels like I’m a doctor before I really am one.”

- Rafael Ornelas, Student

“The mission of the UCR School of Medicine is training a diverse physician workforce and developing programs in research and clinical care to serve these populations aligns with my passion and my values. I have advocated for progress on these issues throughout my career.”

- Deborah Deas, Dean of the UCR School of Medicine

“In my experience, language barriers often lead to disparities in care. In an area with such a large percentage of Spanish-only speaking individuals, this is a big issue. The UCR School of Medicine provides students like myself the opportunity to address these issues and bring about change.”

- Madeline Mullen, Student

Notable Alumni

Award-Winning Faculty


Seema Tiwari-Woodruff
Seema Tiwari-Woodruff, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Tiwari-Woodruff is developing drug compounds to battle multiple sclerosis.

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David Lo
Monica Carson, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Biomedical Sciences

Carson’s research uses microglia as biosensors and bioeffectors of brain health.

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Devin Binder
Devin Binder, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Residence

Binder’s lab has discovered that brain swelling can be detected much earlier than currently possible.

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Maurizio Pellecchia
Maurizio Pellecchia, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Pellecchia's research includes creation and evaluation of pharmacological tools to treat diseases including cancer and neurodegeneration using innovative drug discovery approaches.

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Ameae Walker
Gerald Maguire, M.D.
Professor and Chair of Psychiatry

Maguire studies medical treatments of stuttering and the pharmacologic treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and Alzheimer's dementia.

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Byron D. Ford
Byron D. Ford
Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Ford’s research explores the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the pathophysiology of stroke and acute brain injuries.

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National Median Salary

Discover how much you can earn with a UCR School of Medicine degree.

2017-2018 PayScale National College Salary Report
Based on national averages. Higher earning potential with advanced degrees.


Salary Potential
Surgeon (general) $256,146
Oncologist $248,283
Cardiologist $245,412
Emergency Physician $212,425
Obstetrician/Gynecologist $207,381
Neurologist $202,441
Psychiatrist $195,340
Internist $184,623
Family Medicine Doctor $175,018
Pediatrician $145,484
Biomedical Scientist $62,181