The School of Medicine at UC Irvine is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and practice of medicine through scholarly research, physician education and the provision of high-quality medical care to patients.
The medical school actively nurtures the development of scholars in the clinical and basic sciences and has gained widespread acclaim as one of the nation's most prominent research institutions in the fields of cancer and the neurosciences.
UC Irvine's Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the few facilities in California designated by the National Cancer Institute as a "comprehensive cancer center." This facility is located at UC Irvine Medical Center, the only academic and research hospital in Orange County. A 180-acre University Research Park is adjacent to the School of Medicine for research and development companies to collaborate with UC Irvine faculty and students.
Another key initiative is the Irvine Biomedical Research Center, where UC Irvine faculties are working on new approaches to cancer, genetics, infectious diseases and aging. Therefore, continuing its longstanding tradition of growth and innovation, the UC Irvine School of Medicine offers everything you need to make your vision of becoming a medical practitioner a reality.
About 400 medical students are currently enrolled in the School of Medicine, and more than 100 students are pursuing graduate degrees in the biomedical sciences. The faculty includes more than 800 full-time and 1,900 voluntary members. In addition, the School of Medicine offers a broad range of research, education and clinical affiliations; one of the nation's largest residency programs for primary care disciplines and internal medicine; and some of the most advanced medical equipment available today.
To support students in every way possible, the School of Medicine provides an award-winning array of student support services and incorporates the use of today's most advanced computer-based technology in the medical education curriculum. Students can also gain early exposure to clinical medicine during the first two years of medical college through the innovative Patient-Doctor Series.
The School of Medicine places a high priority on community outreach programs and strives to reach disadvantaged segments of Southern California's population. On campus students can also find a wide variety of recreational and extracurricular activities that help keep overall balance in their lives and discover new outlets for fitness and fun.
Clearly, the innovative spirit that has characterized UC Irvine's School of Medicine since its beginning will continue to infuse its research, teaching and outreach missions as it moves boldly through the 21st century.