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Historic day for medical education

Written By:

James Dean Leavitt

medical school stethoscope/book

At the Board of Regents meeting in Elko in September, the Health Sciences System Committee directed the presidents of UNR and UNLV, along with the UNR medical school dean, to develop plans to create full-scale, four-year allopathic campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, ultimately resulting in a separate, independent, freestanding UNLV School of Medicine.

As a result of the directive, a memorandum of understanding was entered into by the Nevada System of Higher Education, UNR, UNLV and the School of Medicine. The memo was discussed Dec. 5 and unanimously endorsed by the full Board of Regents. The memo focuses on designing, financing and building a major facility to create full clinical and basic science teaching and research capacity in both Las Vegas and Reno.

As a result of the unanimous vote, the Health Sciences System Committee directed UNR, UNLV and the School of Medicine to form campus-specific committees with broad stakeholder support to focus on facilities, staffing, time frames, Liaison Committee for Medical Education accreditation, funding (both private and state), operating and capital requirements for each phase of campus development. The committees will also focus on graduate medical education and the partnerships necessary with teaching hospitals and community physicians, as well as increasing the number and quality of residencies and fellowship training. These committees will report back to the Health Science System Committee at our next meeting in March.