School of Medicine


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University of California, Irvine, is home to a medical school rich in history and a tradition that spans more than 100 years. The oldest continually operating medical school in the Los Angeles area, the School of Medicine was founded in 1896.

The 1896 Society will further engage and cultivate our alumni, faculty, staff and longtime supporters. The support raised by 1896 Society will provide the School of Medicine with the ability to ignite projects, act swiftly on new opportunities, introduce teaching technologies and create scholarships that help draw the nation’s most promising medical students to UC Irvine. 


The mission of the 1896 Society is to promote an annual source of philanthropic support for the Dean and the UCI School of Medicine.


The 1896 Society will serve to provide annual support to the School of Medicine in order to sustain and fulfill the vision to become a top 20 medical school.


Annual Fund Level Contribution Benefits
Friends of SOM  $50-$499 Dean's Report quarterly newsletter and an invitation to campus Health Affairs events and lectures
Fellows Bronze $500-$1,499 All of the benefits above and an invitation to the dean's quarterly lecture series and special events
Fellows Silver $1,500-$4,999 All of the benefits above, plus an invitation to medical education tours
Fellows Gold $5,000-$9,999 All of the benefits above, plus an invitation to the annual Dean's Update breakfast
Innovators $10,000-$24,999 All of the benefits above, plus an engraved paver at the SOM Medical Education building and an annual dinner with the SOM dean
Visionaries $25,000+ All of the benefits above, plus naming a medical student scholarship and a dinner with the recipient
Founders $100,000+ All of the benefits above, plus two tickets to the SOM gala and an 1896 Founder's pin


(Fair market value: Friends of SOM, $0; Fellows Bronze, $0; Fellows Silver, $0; Fellows Gold, $0; Innovators, $50; Visionaries, $50; Founders, $200)

We believe that leading the way and defining a new model for medical education —a model that includes global and technologically advanced curriculum —will improve our students’ experience and impact the future of medical care. We invite you join us on this journey and support the 1896 Society

Your gift will allow the School of Medicine dean to immediately address the evolving needs and priorities of the medical school.  You may also designate your annual gift specifically for research, medical education or clinical care. 

How to Join

Join the 1896 Society today by designating your annual gift to one of these funds:

For more information, please contact Duane Rohrbacher, Director of Development at 949-824-4774 or