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Let's establish a UNLV medical school the right way

Written By:

Kristin McMillan


UNLV needs an allopathic, M.D.-granting medical school. The economic effects and benefits to the health of our community are compelling. So much is riding on a UNLV medical school that we need to take a breath, step back, and make sure we do this right — not just right away.

According to Brookings Mountain West, Las Vegas — with more than 2 million residents — is by far the largest U.S. metropolitan area lacking an allopathic medical school. Reports show Las Vegas maintained the smallest share of health services jobs of any top 100 metropolitan-area economy. Just 7 percent of the region’s workforce is employed in health services, while the average for the top 100 metros exceeds 10 percent. Investing in a UNLV medical school will expand our health care sector, create significant jobs and generate new taxes to support the entire state.

In fact, in a recent report commissioned by The Lincy Institute at UNLV, the consulting firm Tripp-Umbach made a strong economic case for a UNLV-based and fully independent M.D.-granting medical school in Las Vegas. The study found that such a school would add more than $1.1 billion per year in gross metropolitan product and 8,000 new jobs. The economic multiplier from the UNLV medical school would generate sufficient new taxes for Nevada that it could exceed the school’s state-provided operating funds by 2030.


Las Vegas Review-Journal