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The University of Nevada School of Medicine has announced two strategic partnerships, encompassing both northern and southern Nevada, which together will dramatically increase the number of physicians who train and stay in Nevada. With the enthusiastic endorsement of the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents, these wide-ranging plans with Renown Health in Reno and MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas include expansion of the School of Medicine to a full four-year campus in Reno and new residency (graduate medical education) programs statewide. In Reno, new School of Medicine-Renown joint leadership positions in pediatrics and neurology will enhance capacity for specialized care for children and adults. Equally importantly, community physicians will support full clinical teaching for third- and fourth-year medical students in all specialties. In Las Vegas, MountainView Hospital has committed to becoming a partner in developing new residency and fellowship training programs that significantly will address Nevada's critical need for physicians in both primary and specialty care areas.
- Dean Thomas Schwenk discusses statewide medical education expansion on KUNR-Reno Public Radio's Health Watch
The NSHE Board of Regents (BOR) has just approved major affiliation agreements between the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM) and Renown Health in Reno and MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas. Read the Dean's reflections on what these groundbreaking approvals mean to UNSOM and health in Nevada.
A number of documents are available to provide detail and further background on these historic initiatives that will launch the vision of the University of Nevada School of Medicine to become a full, four-year Reno-based campus with selective undergraduate and graduate medical education partnerships in Las Vegas and a commitment to serve rural Nevada.
An eight-month planning process involving leaders from the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Renown Health, northern Nevada community physicians and community leaders concluded on May 29 with a major announcement. The School of Medicine in partnership with Renown will develop a full four-year campus in Reno, and with the participation of community physicians, will offer full clinical teaching for third-and fourth-year students in all medical specialties. The two organizations will partner to expand pediatric and neurology specialty services available in northern Nevada. To help fund the expansions detailed in a five-year plan, Renown has pledged funding, the School will seek an incremental state appropriation and both groups will seek donor support.
The University of Nevada School of Medicine announced on June 5 an exciting initiative to further its mission to expand the supply of physicians in Nevada with an agreement with MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas. The program would expand graduate medical education (GME) slots from the current 233 positions in southern Nevada to 380 or more, including several medical specialties not currently available in the state. The plan will increase significantly the number of residency positions over a five-year window, beginning as early as July, 2016. All GME positions are open to applicants from any accredited medical school.
From the Spring 2014 issue of the School of Medicine's Synapse Magazine, Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. offers his thoughts on how to achieve better health care for Nevadans, including the discussion of a new medical school in southern Nevada. The dean also discusses the significance of the current legislative debates regarding funding of expanded medical education to "improve health and health care across the state."