To a Statewide Mission of Health
This is an exciting time for the University of Nevada School of Medicine in northern Nevada. The School of Medicine received its full requested appropriation from the 2015 Nevada Legislature and will receive $5.5 million over the next two years to develop and implement an Office of Community Faculty to increase the number of local physicians who will help educate medical students, to support a loan repayment assistance program and much more.
The School of Medicine and Renown Health affiliation agreement was finalized in December, 2014, and Renown has committed its support to assist with clinical teaching for third-and-fourth-year medical students. In addition, a family medicine residency program at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center is being developed. This is positive news for students who typically had to complete clinical training in Las Vegas.
Among the vast number of new programs will be the integration of the Department of Pediatrics with Renown Health Children’s Hospital. In addition, Renown Health Institute of Neurosciences will integrate with the School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology. These new programs pave the way for more primary care and specialized teaching support from community physicians in Reno and to provide more assistance to physician researchers who greatly will be expanding patient-based clinical research.
Las Vegas will continue to be a vital site for the School of Medicine’s educational programs, particularly in specialized areas and in graduate medical education (residencies and fellowships). The School of Medicine’s new partnership with MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas effectively will double the number of residency positions in southern Nevada with up to 250 new primary and specialty care positions.
With this recommitment, the University of Nevada School of Medicine will better be able to address the needs of the State to provide quality primary care and enough physicians to fulfill demands. Strong collaborations internally and in the medical community will ensue from a formidable beginning to a growing University of Nevada School of Medicine.
- Dean Thomas Schwenk discusses statewide medical education expansion on KUNR-Reno Public Radio's Health Watch
- University of Nevada School of Medicine Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., talks with Brent Boynton about expanding medical education statewide on KNPB-Public Television Reno's "A Conversation."
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.
The University of Nevada School of Medicine and Aurora Diagnostics, the nation's leading independent specialized laboratory company focused on anatomic pathology, announced today a new educational and clinical affiliation, effective July 1, 2015.