Congressman Raul Ruiz to Speak at SOM DEI Colloquium

Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural UC Riverside School of Medicine Colloquium on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. The colloquium will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Classroom G650 in the School of Medicine Education Building. The event is free...

White Coat Ceremony Welcomes Class of 2026

The UCR School of Medicine welcomed 81 new medical students and 11 new biomedical sciences students at the annual White Coat Ceremony, held Friday, August 5, 2022 at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium. This was the 10th White Coat Ceremony in the school's history and marked the first time that it...

The Search for a Multiple Sclerosis Treatment in Riverside

There’s currently no effective treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS), but Seema Tiwari-Woodruff, Ph.D. , the director of UCR's Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, may be well on her way to finding one. As MS attacks the body, it causes damage to the myelin sheath, the fatty coating around nerve fibers that...

By Erika Klein | | Profiles

High-altitude Researcher Applies Findings to COVID-19

What can people living in the mountains of Peru teach us about people dealing with COVID-19 related oxygen deficiency? Actually, quite a bit. High-altitude exposure leads to hypoxia, or low levels of oxygen in the body—a condition that’s present in COVID-19 and many other medical conditions. Erica Heinrich, Ph.D., an...

By Erika Klein | | Profiles

“Periods Shouldn’t be Painful”: Sharing Truths in Women’s Health

Gynecologist, surgeon, professor, researcher: Mallory Stuparich, M.D., an associate clinical professor in health sciences at the UC Riverside School of Medicine and the associate program director for the Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, fulfills many roles in her career. Yet in each of them, she seeks to increase both...

By Erika Klein | | Profiles

Class of 2022 Graduates from the School of Medicine

Sixty-eight members of the UC Riverside School of Medicine's Class of 2022 received their medical degrees on Friday, June 3, 2022 at the UCR Student Recreation Center. Approximately 500 family, friends and other supporters attended the ceremony, which was the first in-person Commencement and Hippocratic Oath Ceremony since 2019. Dr...

By Ross French | | News, Medical Education

School of Medicine Awards Ceremonies Honor Students, Staff, and Faculty

The UC Riverside School of Medicine hosted a pair of award ceremonies as part of the annual end-of-year celebrations concluding the 2021-22 academic year. On May 17, the school hosted the online School of Medicine Awards Ceremony, where a total of 23 awards were presented to students, staff, and faculty...

By UCR SOM Staff | | Medical Education

Four Biomedical Sciences Students Graduate on June 4

On Saturday, June 4, 2022, four members of the UC Riverside School of Medicine's Division of Biomedical Sciences will participate in the annual Graduate Division Hooding Ceremony at the Student Recreation Center North. In celebration of their graduation, we asked John Macbeth, Stephanie Guardado, Edward Vizcarra, and Allison Peterson (pictured...

By Ross French | | Biomedical Sciences

Increasing Access to Dermatology in the Inland Empire

This piece is part of a series highlighting members of the School of Medicine’s 2022 graduating class. After growing up in Chino, CA and seeing the health disparities and lack of access to medical care in her community, Yasmin Gutierrez had a single-minded goal. “I just wanted to be a...

By Erika Klein | | Profiles

Persevering Through Loss to Serve Other Veterans

This piece is part of a series highlighting members of the School of Medicine’s 2022 graduating class. Seeing a doctor extract fluid from the lungs may not attract most people to medicine, but the thoracentesis procedure fascinated U.S. Navy veteran Maria Guerrero. “He knew where to put the needle without...

By Erika Klein | | Profiles

Fulfilling his Purpose in Medicine

This piece is part of a series highlighting members of the School of Medicine’s 2022 graduating class. When Matt Jason Llamas was five years old, he fell off a swing and hit his head on a brick. Knocked unconscious, he was rushed to the emergency department, where he underwent surgery...

By Erika Klein | | Profiles

Researchers from Around the World Coming to Riverside for Biennial Conference on Parasite

It’s a year later than originally scheduled, but on May 22, more than 200 scientists will gather at the Mission Inn in Riverside for the 16th International Congress on Toxoplasmosis and Toxoplasma gondii Research. “The conference is unique because it is all about the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, which is also...

By Ross French | | Biomedical Sciences

Learning About Health on TikTok

In a recent TikTok video, a young woman demonstrates curling her hair by holding it inside a public restroom hand dryer. The video cuts to Mutahir Farhan, a fourth-year medical student at the UC Riverside School of Medicine and owner of the TikTok account @madmedicine. “Yo, I hate to be...

By Erika Klein | | Medical Education

Teaching Students as a Family

The medical student had barely entered the examination room when the woman inside started shouting. “I thought I could trust you!” she yelled, hurling a stream of criticism about her medical treatment. Fortunately for all involved, the situation was a simulated patient encounter in the UCR School of Medicine. The...

PRIME Program to Train Doctors Versed in the Needs of the ABC Community

A new program launching at the UC Riverside School of Medicine is aimed to produce physicians better trained in addressing the health needs of the African, Black and Caribbean (ABC) populations in Inland Southern California. Beginning with the incoming class of 2026, six selected students will be admitted to the...

ONT, UCR Health Offer Modernized Nursing Stations as Part of Innovative Brand Partnership

Ontario International Airport and UCR Health, the clinical arm of the UCR School of Medicine, have teamed up to provide a welcoming and private environment for mothers to nurse their babies when flying through ONT. Modernized nursing stations have been set up in both airport terminals, along with advertising for...

By UCR SOM Staff | | UCR Health

Walker Receives Values in Action Award

LACE Program Coordinator Patricia Walker was honored as the quarterly UCR School of Medicine's Values in Action Award recipient at the Dean's Town Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022. The Values in Action Awards (VIAA) recognize faculty or staff members, students, or community-based teaching faculty members who, as nominated by...

By Ross French | | Values in Action Award, Staff

Cecilia Tech donates PPE to UCR and UCR SOM

The School of Medicine, UCR’s Well and Student Health Services received a generous donation of medical supplies, including hand sanitizer and wipes, from Cecilia Tech, a medical equipment manufacturer located in nearby Ontario. "We are grateful to Cecilia Tech and to Sales Manager/Government Contracts Scott Daly for making this generous...

By UCR SOM Staff | | News

2020-21 Year in Review Now Available

The 2020-21 UCR School of Medicine Year in Review is now available for download from the School of Medicine website. Download the PDF of the document here. The annual magazine details the achievements and continued excellence demonstrated by students, faculty and staff throughout the 2020-21 academic year. This includes innovating...

By UCR SOM Staff | | News

Updated: Message from Dean Deas to the UCR SOM Community

I am pleased to welcome everyone back from the winter break and into the New Year. I write to follow up on my message sent on Dec. 22 (see below), and to highlight some updates from the Chancellor’s email of Dec. 31 regarding the precautions UCR is taking in light...

By Deborah Deas, M.D. | | COVID-19