University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Medicine, is an academic division of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas(UNLV) with 60 students matriculated on July 17, 2017. The students began their education with a 6 week EMT course. The school is the first to grant the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in Southern Nevada. The school uses facilities in the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (UMCSN) clinical building at the Las Vegas Medical District.
The UNLV School of Medicine was officially established on August 22, 2014 when the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents approved funding for the medical school’s start-up costs. The budget was submitted to Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature where it was approved. On June 11, 205 Gov. Sandoval signed Senate Bill 514 into law at the UNLV Student Union. The bill, along with other measures, provides start-up funding for the medical school.
The medical school is in response to the need for more quality health care in Nevada. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), in 2010, Nevada ranked 45th in the country in the number of physicians per 100,000 population. A Brookings-SRI report indicated not having a medical school is one of the largest threats to Southern Nevada’s economic prosperity.
Medical students will attend classes in newly designed learning space at the UNLV School of Medicine Shadow Lane Campus, Building B located at 1001 Shadow Lane, in the heart of the Las Vegas Medical District. The new high-tech facility is designed to enhance student learning with individual learning and small group meeting spaces.
UNLV School of Medicine offers medical students a hands-on, community focused curriculum grounded in technology and innovation. Students are immediately immersed into the medical field with the first phase of the curriculum being a six-week course ending with each student becoming a certified emergency medical technician (EMT).
During the second phase, students will have the opportunity to work in small groups to learn medical Spanish, virtual microscopy and virtual anatomy. UNLV School of medicine is one of the first medical schools to opt for 3-D touchscreen visuals instead of cadavers. Along with UNLV School of Medicine’s virtual anatomy, students benefit from a virtual library. Books, journal articles, videos, and data is available digitally through EZProxy, a cross platform cloud environment which allows students access to the library from anywhere in the world.
Students will receive a full year of outpatient, integrated clerkships. They will work closely with physicians and nurses in the specialties of: Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine. Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery. Along with working with healthcare professionals, students will work with UNLV’s William F. Harrah Hotel College of Hotel Administration learning hospitality techniques, offering a new approach to patient care.
In the third phase of the curriculum, students will begin hospital internships, electives and completion of a scholarly project. In an effort to ease the transition into residency, each student will have an intensive capstone rotation individualized to their field of study.
Hospitals that assist in the instruction of medical students, residents, and fellows from the UNLV School of Medicine include University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, and the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Hospital.