Back on December 2nd, we were excited to share news about the possibility of a new Nevada medical school in Las Vegas. We are even more excited today to know that decisions have been made and the planning process for the new medical school will begin.
The medical school, which will be a part of the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), was approved by the state board of regents on December 5, 2013. A Review-Journal article noted that:
“The state’s Board of Regents unanimously voted to approve a memorandum of understanding that allows the presidents of UNLV and the University of Nevada, Reno, along with the dean of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, to develop a plan that’s broken down in three steps.”
The planning process is still dependent on funding and more details will need to be determined over time. According to the article, the first step of the process is to develop more residency and fellowship programs around the area. Currently, many medical students leave the state to pursue their residencies as several specializations are not available in Nevada.
Once this step has been achieved, the second stage is to create a new medical campus that will be constructed in Las Vegas.
The medical school in Las Vegas will fill a large gap in the state when it comes to medical education and physicians. Nevada is ranked low in the United States for primary care doctors per capita at 46th.
Opening this medical school in the southern part of the state is considered a necessity by many. However, if the funding question is not answered it could prove to be more difficult to move forward. There are many possible outcomes for this situation. We will be sure to bring you updated news as we have it.
How do you feel about a new medical school in Las Vegas and what it can mean for our state?
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