It has turned out to be a few very exciting months for Nevada medicine!

In November 2013, Roseman University also announced their plan to open up a Southern Nevada medical school following their merger with the Nevada Cancer Institute Foundation. Roseman University’s school would be the first M.D. granting medical school in Southern Nevada.

Due to financial problems, the Nevada Cancer Institute Foundation closed in February of 2013. With it closed 24 research labs and a facility with over 180,000 square feet in Summerlin. Roseman University, a private non-profit university based in Henderson and South Jordan, Utah, already had programs in pharmacy and dentistry. In April of 2013 the school announced plans of beginning the accreditation process for a medical school. It now plans to incorporate the existing Nevada Cancer Institute facilities, as well as hire on some of the research staff, to get a jump-start on the process.

With only two other medical schools in the state–the private Touro University Nevada specializing in osteopathic medicine and University of Nevada, Reno’s program–Roseman officials look forward to the opportunities available in the state for new doctors.

Along with news of a medical school opening at UNLV, Nevada may soon see great growth in its current healthcare climate. As it is now, Nevadans only have access to 200 physicians per 100,000 people, far below the national average of 244. With those figures, it ranks sixth to the lowest within the United States. Officials like those at Roseman University and UNLV hope to alleviate these issues by bringing a flush of new graduates into the state.

Roseman University is planning to open its doors to the first class of 60 medical students by 2017. Subscribe to the Nevada Pain blog now in order to keep up with all of the latest medical news impacting Nevada.

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