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Accrediting Agency OKs UC Riverside Medical School

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A national accrediting agency has approved a University of California, Riverside, plan to open a full medical school.

It will be the sixth UC medical school.

The Los Angeles Times ( says preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education means UC Riverside can start enrolling future doctors next summer.

The accreditation agency rejected the medical school proposal last year because the state refused to fund the school and the plan looked too risky.

But university officials have since secured other public and private financing.

University leaders won about $100 million in donations and pledges to support the school for 10 years. The donors include the UC system itself, Riverside County, the Desert Healthcare District and affiliated hospitals.

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