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UC Merced takes next step toward establishing a Valley Medical Education Program
"I am pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Carlos Martini as Director of San Joaquin Valley Medical Education Planning," said Acting Chancellor Roderic B. Park. "Dr. Martini's expertise and experience will help guide UC Merced in this next and critically important stage of planning for medical education."
Hired on a consultant basis, Martini's scope of work involves developing a written proposal for the UC Merced medical education program, which will ultimately culminate in a UC Merced School of Medicine. The proposal will include identification of prospective partners in the Valley, partnerships with UC medical schools, plans for instructional facilities, and a timetable for development. The economic impact of medical education and a medical school in the Valley also will be evaluated.
“We are enthusiastic about the next phases of planning for medical education in the Valley,” said UC Merced Dean of Natural Sciences Maria Pallavicini, who is leading the effort to bring medical education to the
“We plan to submit a business and economic feasibility plan to the UC Office of the President in June 2007,” Pallavicini added. “Considering Dr. Martini’s track record, I am confident in his ability to build upon the momentum we’ve started.”
Since 2001, Martini has served as medical school project director for Florida International University (FIU). Over the course of five years, he led planning and secured approval of a new public medical school for FIU in south
“I look forward to bringing my experience and knowledge, particularly the insight I have gained over the past five years to UC Merced,” Martini said. “The prospect of developing a medical school in a region where there is a clear need for more physicians is professionally exciting and personally rewarding. I am delighted to be a part of this effort.”
Martini’s background in medical education includes 38 years of academic and research experience – 28 years in the
In addition to
Martini earned his doctor of medicine at the
UC Merced first announced plans to develop health sciences and medical education programs in the Valley in March of this year. To inform and involve community members in the process, the campus held a series of community meetings throughout the Valley during March and April. With broad-based support from the Valley, in June, UC Merced submitted a preliminary plan to the UC Office of the President to establish a medical education program leading to a
When submitted, UC Merced’s proposal must go through customary University – and state – review and approval processes for consideration of all new programs and schools.