Charles R. Drew University

The Partnership

For over 12 years, Tripp Umbach has been an advisor to the Charles R. Drew University Medicine and Biological Sciences in South Los Angeles. Charles R. Drew University (CDU) is a community-founded institution and has a history of more than 25 years in administering pipeline programs to grow and sustain health career pathways as a key strategy for healthy and vibrant communities throughout South Los Angeles. Its mission is cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through outstanding education, research, clinical service, and community engagement.

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science is responding to local needs for more primary-care physicians and national demands for transformation of medical education by evaluating the potential to develop and add a new, independent four-year, allopathic medical degree program within its College of Medicine (COM). CDU’s current medical education program (MEP) is a partnership with UCLA, which holds the accreditation.

The Action

Tripp Umbach’s on-going work includes a recent Business Plan which consisted of a feasibility study, financial model, and economic impact assessment of the proposed independent 4-year medical program at CDU.

The Outcome

Tripp Umbach focused on specific recommendations relative to the optimal model for medical education expansion, the most feasible size and scope of the program, establishment and expansion of clinical clerkships and provider relationships, funding sources, governance, community engagement, and the associated financial model(s).

The study included the evaluation of the impact of expanded medical education on the health care delivery system, the physician workforce, and the economy of the region and state.

Currently, Tripp Umbach is working with CDU to prepare a successful LCME application (i.e., DCI and Self-Study).

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