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SB-56 University of California, Riverside School of Medicine: expansion.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today

 (a) For purposes of this act, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Inland Southern California” is a region in southern California east of the Los Angeles metropolitan area that comprises the County of Riverside and the County of San Bernardino.
(2) “UCR” is the University of California, Riverside.
(b) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) The state’s supply of primary care physicians is significantly below what is considered sufficient to meet patient needs. In the rapidly growing and ethnically diverse area of Inland Southern California, the shortage is particularly severe, with just 35 primary care physicians per 100,000 patients, far fewer than the recommended range of 60 to 80 primary care physicians per 100,000 patients. In real numbers, Inland Southern California has a shortfall of 1,500 primary care physicians and a shortfall of 331/3 percent in specialist physicians. UCR School of Medicine needs to substantially expand its enrollment to meet the region’s need for primary care and specialist physicians.
(2) According to the statistics published by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the state lags substantially in the number of medical school seats per capita, with just 17.3 seats per 100,000 persons compared to the national average of 31.4 seats per 100,000 persons.
(3) According to the California Health Care Foundation, 72 percent of the state’s counties have an undersupply of primary care physicians, with primary care physicians making up just 34 percent of the state’s physician workforce.
(4) UCR’s four-year school of medicine opened in August 2013 and subsequently received provisional accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the nationally recognized accrediting body for medical education programs leading to doctor of medicine degrees in the United States and Canada. At the time UCR School of Medicine opened, it was the first new public medical school in the state in more than 40 years. Since its opening, UCR School of Medicine has graduated 89 students with doctor of medicine degrees, 40 in 2017 and 49 in 2018.
(5) UCR School of Medicine, as a community-based medical school, has a public mission to expand and diversify the region’s physician workforce and improve the health of people living in Inland Southern California. UCR School of Medicine has also made a commitment to underserved patient populations.
(6) Due to budgetary constraints at the time it was established, UCR School of Medicine was forced to occupy an existing facility located on UCR’s campus, which has limited its total enrollment to 250 students per academic year and state funding to support the medical school to $15,000,000 per fiscal year, impacting its ability to fully realize its public mission.
(7) Expansion of the UCR School of Medicine facility is urgently required in order to accommodate 500 physicians in training to increase the supply of primary care physicians in underserved areas of the state. The state’s annual appropriation of $15,000,000 also needs to be increased to support the expansion of UCR School of Medicine.
(c) The University of California shall construct a new University of California, Riverside School of Medicine upon receipt of an appropriation in the annual Budget Act or another statute for that purpose.