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.
A Look Back
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.
Tripp Umbach, a national consulting firm, involved in the development of numerous medical schools recommended a two-track approach to expand public medical education in Nevada:
- Founding an independent, allopathic-degree granting medical school
- Expanding the University of Nevada School of Medicine
The Tripp Umbach report indicated having a medical school in La Vegas could have a $1.2 billion annual economic impact and add 8,000 jobs to the Souther Nevada economy by 2030.
NSHE, University of Nevada at Reno (UNR), UNLV, and the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop an independent, full-scale, allopathic medical school at UNLV in November 2013.