Charles R. Drew University has embarked on one of the most historic and ambitious projects ever attempted in South Los Angeles: the development of a four-year, fully accredited independent medical school dedicated to eradicating local health care disparities. The effort will build on the original McCone Commission Report published in the aftermath of the 1965 Watts Rebellion that called for an aggressive, proactive approach to providing the highest level of local resident health care.
Tripp Umbach, a nationally recognized medical school development consultant team skilled in feasibility and economic impact studies, has been advising the College of Medicine for four years on the IMEP. Architectural design consultant SLAM, with experience building state of the art medical school facilities across the country, has created a variety of renderings that put a visual face on the facility to be erected. CDU recently hired Brakeley Briscoe, a 100-year old project management and fundraising firm, to consult on the IMEP capital campaign.