The UCI College of Medicine became part of the University of California in 1965. Prior to this time it was known as the California College of Medicine which traces its roots to a private institution founded in 1896.
The UCI College of Medicine is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and practice of medicine for the benefit of society. This mission is achieved through programs of excellence in:
Education: The College of Medicine is committed to provide educational programs of the highest quality to medical students, M.D./Ph.D. students, residents, fellows, allied health, and graduate academic students. Further, the College of Medicine's educational programs are designed to stimulate self-learning and critical inquiry and to exemplify those human values necessary to fulfill the professional commitments of a career in the health sciences.
Research: Excellence in research is an essential feature of the College of Medicine. Therefore, the College is committed to develop and maintain research programs in the health sciences which seek to advance basic scientific knowledge and the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human illness.
Clinical Care: Recognizing its responsibility to meet the educational needs of students and the diverse needs of the patient community, the College of Medicine is committed to programs of clinical excellence across the spectrum of patient care disciplines.
Service to the Public: As a publicly assisted institution, the College of Medicine is committed to serve the community as a vital resource of expertise and knowledge. The College further serves the public through the training of health professionals whose backgrounds reflect California's ethnic and cultural diversity and whose professional careers address California's health care needs.
The medical school facilities comprise a 121-acre site which has been designated the Health Sciences Complex. Twenty-nine acres have been developed to provide space for teaching, research, and patient care as well as offices for departmental administration.
The College's basic science instructional programs are located in modern, well-equipped, medical sciences buildings. These units provide space for first- and second-year classes, lecture halls, offices and laboratories for various basic and clinical departments, and a student center. Other buildings house the College's administration, laboratories, and student center.
In addition, the 40,000-square-foot Plumwood House is devoted to basic research in the fields of neurological disorders, diagnostic systems and reagents, and industrial bioreactors. In this facility, faculty from the Department of Biological Chemistry share laboratory space with corporate researchers.
Comprehensive outpatient services are available on campus through the Louis A. and Helen C. Gottschalk Medical Plaza and the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic. Housing one of the world's leading programs in medical laser technology, the Beckman Laser Clinic offers state-of-the-art treatment for cancer of the head, neck, and female reproductive system, cardiovascular disease, and ophthalmologic procedures.
The Plaza capitalizes upon the broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic programs of the College as well as the extensive clinical expertise of the faculty. The facility offers primary care and specialty services including: obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, dermatology, ophthalmology, cardiology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, and neurology. Special programs in diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and inflammatory bowel diseases also are available. Also located in the Plaza is the Lon V. Smith Eye Clinic, which offers the latest in diagnostic health care for eye diseases, including computerized refraction analysis, glaucoma diagnosis, and ultrasound analysis of eye disorders.
The College of Medicine recently opened a training facility for students and residents. The training center has eight fully functional physical examination rooms equipped with wall-mounted video cameras which feed directly into a main monitoring room. This equipment allows faculty to observe students and residents without being intrusive. The encounters can be recorded and viewed with the faculty member at another time in one of the two faculty development rooms. In addition, the training center also has a skills laboratory in which students learn the proper methods for gowning, giving injections, taking vital signs, and administering CPR.
The training center also houses "HARVEY," a full-sized Cardiology Patient Simulator specifically designed to demonstrate various cardiovascular disease findings. "HARVEY" can be used in conjunction with the UMedic Multimedia Computer Assisted Instruction system which is a self-learning computerized workstation. UCI is proud to be the first school on the west coast to utilize these multimedia systems in their curriculum.
The University of California Irvine Medical Center, located in the City of Orange, is a 462-licensed-bed, comprehensive medical care center. It is the principal clinical facility of the College of Medicine operated by the University. The medical faculty of the College of Medicine, together with the medical resident-physician staff, provide the professional care. Service are provided in medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, family medicine, dermatology, pathology, radiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, ophthalmology, neurology, anesthesiology, orthopedics, geriatrics, oncology, neurosurgery, otolaryngology, and radiation oncology.
UCI Medical Center also has cardiac, pediatric, neonatal, respiratory, burn medical-surgery, and neurosciences intensive care units and more than 90 specialty outpatient clinics. It is the designated countywide Level I tertiary trauma referral center.
The UCI Family Health CenterSanta Ana is a state-of-the-art primary care facility, conveniently located near the Santa Ana Civic Center. The Center has two missions--health care delivery and medical education.
As a community clinic, the Family Health Center's multilingual physicians and staff are committed to providing quality healthcare to patients, including the medically underserved. It provides primary care services to people of all ages including family medicine, preventive care for children and adults, and specialty care in pediatrics and OB/GYN.
As an integral part of the UCI College of Medicine, the Family Health Center provides educational and training opportunities for medical and nurse practitioner students, including the UCI Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training programs.
The UCI Family Health CenterAnaheim provides care for more than 20,000 outpatient visits annually and training programs for resident physicians in primary care, general internal medicine, and general and adolescent pediatrics. There are additional programs in gynecology, dermatology, general surgery, podiatry, neurology, ophthalmology, optometry, orthopedics, psychiatry, and multispecialty faculty practice. The Center provides training for medical students in their primary care, general pediatric, adolescent medicine, and geriatric medicine rotations and electives.
Additional major teaching and research programs of the College of Medicine are conducted at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center and at Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach. Other academic programs are conducted in affiliation with San Bernardino County Medical Center, Fairview Developmental Center (Costa Mesa), Kaiser Foundation Hospital (Anaheim, Bellflower, and Riverside), Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Metropolitan State Hospital (Norwalk), The City of Hope Medical Center (Duarte), Rancho Los Amigos Hospital (Downey), Western Medical Center (Tustin/Santa Ana), the Kern Medical Center (Bakersfield), Clínica Sierra Vista (Lamont), Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian (Newport Beach), Lanterman Developmental Center (Pomona), Fountain Valley Hospital and Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Orange County, Good Samaritan (Los Angeles), and the Orange County Health Care Agency/Public Health Clinic.
Nancy Oelson, Executive Director (714) 824-7155
The UCI College of Medicine is an outgrowth of what began in 1896 as the Pacific College of Osteopathy. The College became part of the UC system when the Irvine campus opened in 1965. The UCI Medical Alumni Association (UCIMAA) represents the nearly 5,000 alumni of the College, and provides many opportunities for student-alumni interaction. Among the programs and services UCIMAA offers for students are: recruiting alumni volunteers to serve as mentors, providing financial support for many student programs throughout the year, and helping students obtain financial and other resources they need for research, educational, networking, and social activities, sponsoring several awards given out each year at Honors Night, and providing short-term emergency loans for students in need. UCIMAA also sponsors continuing medical education programs. These seminars are always open to students at no charge. The College celebrated its one-hundredth anniversary in June 1996.