During a lunch and Q&A hosted on campus by the UCR Governmental and Community Relations Office on May 31, U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, discussed the expansion of 1,500 graduate medical residency slots through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The extension of a section of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act made the new residency slots available.

In 2014, Rep. Takano was instrumental in authorizing the expanded residencies, and in extending the graduate medical education expansion program last year for another five years. This extension allows the UCR School of Medicine to apply for additional residency slots in the VA health system.

(From left to right): Richard Prather, the associate training director of the UCR Psychiatry Residency Program, Rep. Mark Takano, John Luo, director of the UCR Psychiatry Residency Program, and Kaitlin Chell, the director of federal relations in the UCR Governmental and Community Relations Office. Facing them, their backs to the camera, are two residents in the UCR Psychiatry Residency Program. ross french

At the luncheon, Rep. Takano, who played a major role in securing the School of Medicine residencies at the VA clinics in Corona and Palm Desert, discussed the future of the choice program, how the five-year extension benefits UCR, and the ways in which the VA residents are already making a difference.

Four UCR residents – Toshia Yamaguchi, Karla Lozano, Khai Nguyen, and Nathan Rogers – shared with Rep. Takano their experiences in the UCR Psychiatry Residency Program. The program launched in 2014. John Luo, M.D., the director of the program, and Richard Prather, M.D., the program’s associate training director, also spoke with Takano.

Other details on how the partnership between the UCR School of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will help add more psychiatrists to inland Southern California can be found in this Press-Enterprise article.

UCR Police Department Officers Participate in Special Olympics Torch Run

On Tuesday, June 6, officers from the UC Riverside Police Department participated with other law enforcement agencies in the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run as it made its way through Southern California.

UCR Police Department officers participated in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run on June 6, 2017. Detective Brandon Anderson

Officers took over the torch on University Avenue between the I-60 freeway and West Campus Drive. Runners passed through campus on West Campus Drive to Canyon Crest Drive and then to Central Avenue where they handed off the torch to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) runners.

The runners were escorted by marked police vehicles to ensure their safety, as well as to bring attention to the Special Olympics.

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