Calif. budget stalls opening of IE med school


Officials with UCR School of Medicine announced that they're pushing back the opening for at least a year because of what they say is a lack of financial support from the state.

In a statement released Wednesday, the school said the state budget cuts an additional $150 million from the UC system-wide budget, which amounts to a total of $650 million in total cuts for the fiscal year 2011-12.

The medical school was supposed to start with a class of 50 students next August.

The delay means the school cannot accept student applications, but other operations including student pipeline programs and residency training programs are set to continue.

University Chancellor Timothy White said he is disappointed but believes this is a temporary setback and the medical school could open in 2013.

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