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June 13, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The W. M. Keck Foundation on Monday will announce a gift of $150 million to boost scientific research at USC's medical school and at two affiliated hospitals, adding to the university's recent success in attracting supersized donations. The gift is the single largest in the 57-year history of the Keck Foundation, which has backed many scientific projects, including the famous Keck Observatory and telescopes in Hawaii. For USC, the money marks the third mega-gift since March, for a total of $460 million, as new President C. L. Max Nikias seeks to build the Los Angeles university's endowment.
June 9, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Plans to open a medical school at UC Riverside next year appeared uncertain Wednesday after officials announced that the school had been denied initial accreditation because of concerns about the cash-strapped state's ability to provide funding. The first 50 students were expected to enroll next summer at the medical school, which would be the sixth in the UC system. The school, approved by UC regents in 2008, is intended to ease a physician shortage in the Inland Empire area and to bolster UC Riverside's academic reputation.
November 11, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
UC Riverside, which has long wanted to open medical and law schools, announced Thursday that it would soon submit a proposal for a medical school that would not require construction of a hospital. Chancellor France A. Cordova, who announced the plan to a group of community and political leaders, proposed that a new medical school collaborate instead with existing hospitals in the San Bernardino and Riverside counties region, significantly reducing the plan's cost.
September 11, 2009 | Garrett Therolf
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science has agreed to drop a $125-million claim that alleged Los Angeles County breached its contract by halting inpatient services at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center. In return, the university will receive county building space under favorable rental terms, a long-term payment schedule for its share of a multimillion-dollar age discrimination lawsuit payout and the ability to forge a new relationship with the county as the Board of Supervisors moves to reopen the hospital.
January 2, 2005 | Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press Writer
Wanted: small-town students who aspire to become country doctors. Tulane University is mounting an effort to bring more doctors to underserved rural Louisiana. The school is looking for students like Dr. Margeaux Coleman Walker, who has known that she wanted to be a doctor since she was 11 or 12 and helped her grandmother clean the doctor's office in Church Point, a town of 4,700. But she wants much more than a medical practice.
January 4, 1999 | ANDREW G. KADAR MD
Even a movie "based on a true story" can take some liberties with the facts to create compelling drama. "Don't let the facts get in the way of a good story" is a well-known adage. But the desire should still be to convey truth, not a false and misleading picture of reality. In the movie "Patch Adams," the stern-faced dean lectures to first-year medical students, "It's our mission here to rigorously and ruthlessly train the humanity out of you."
November 24, 1999
UC Irvine on Tuesday selected a group of nationally renowned scientists and doctors to determine if deep-rooted shortcomings contributed to a string of problems at its college of medicine. The nine-member external review panel will begin its work next month with a two-day visit to the campus. Its members are to pursue a wide-ranging inquiry into management problems at the school in Irvine and its medical center in Orange.
August 11, 1989 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Medical Writer
Medical schools and teaching hospitals have failed to respond to some of the most pressing public health problems facing the United States, a group of researchers charged today in one of the country's most widely read medical journals.
March 26, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Nevada's only medical school will lose its malpractice insurance July 1, and if replacement coverage is not found, the medical care of thousands of patients treated by faculty and residents could cease, university officials said. "This could close down the medical school if we don't find a solution to this," said Stephen McFarlane, dean of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, which operates in Reno and Las Vegas. The medical school is insured by the St. Paul Cos.
October 26, 2006
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote to the UC Regents' chairman Wednesday in support of a plan to expand the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science from a two-year to a four-year school now that it can no longer send residents to Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center. The hospital is scheduled to disaffiliate with Drew University under a reorganization because King/Drew failed a federal health inspection.
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