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UCR School of Medicine receives $620,000 boost in scholarships from HCA Healthcare

Funding will cover tuition and fees to open doors for five aspiring physicians in the Inland Empire.

The exterior of the School of Medicine Education Building II at the ribbon cutting ceremony on September 26, 2023 (San Lim/UCR).

HCA Healthcare has pledged $620,000 to fund scholarships for five students at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine. This contribution is part of a broader $10 million initiative by HCA to support education in healthcare.

The grant specifies $350,000 for two Dean’s Mission Scholarship – Merit Program awards and $270,000 for three Dean’s Mission Award – Service Program scholarships. These scholarships cover tuition and other university fees not met by existing financial aid.

Tim McManus, president of HCA Healthcare’s National group, said, “We are proud to support UCR through these grants, which will provide more students with access to medical education.” He highlighted the vital role of local educational partnerships in enhancing community healthcare.

Beyond the scholarships, HCA Healthcare will also offer job shadowing, mentorships, and leadership sessions through its Riverside Community Hospital facility, giving medical students practical experience and guidance in their chosen field.

Sherri Neal, chief diversity officer of HCA Healthcare, emphasized the investment’s significance. “It is an honor to invest in the next generation of medicine, creating opportunities for future physicians to serve in their local communities,” Neal said.

UCR’s School of Medicine and Riverside Community Hospital have collaborated since 2015, providing more than 400 clinical rotations annually for medical students. The hospital is one of HCA Healthcare’s largest teaching facilities, currently hosting 230 residents and fellows.

Dr. Daniel Teraguchi, executive associate dean for student affairs at the UCR School of Medicine, expressed gratitude for the donation. “This gift will remove a financial barrier for aspiring physician leaders in Southern California,” he said.