Department of Internal Medicine

Training in all settings, serving for all needs.

Department Overview

We welcome you to learn more about the most established internal medicine training program in Las Vegas. The former University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Las Vegas Internal Medicine Residency Program started in 1979. The medium size of our program fosters a supportive learning environment with frequent direct interaction with faculty. Collegiality amongst the residents and with the faculty is one of our major strengths.

Current full-time faculty divisions

Current full-time faculty divisions include Gastroenterology, General Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine, and Rheumatology. We partner with physicians at the VA and throughout our community to round out the educational experiences. The residency leadership team is comprised of the program director, Sandhya Wahi-Gururaj, M.D., MPH, an associate program director, Aditi Singh, M.D., residency coordinators, and four chief residents.

Mission Statement

Training in all settings, serving for all needs.

  • Diverse patient population
  • Care of the underserved
  • High value patient care
  • Preparation for any environment — practice of general internal medicine or subspecialty training
  • A culture that trains physicians while promoting the health and well being of the patient and provider
  • Collaboration and camaraderie as keys to success
  • Emotionally competent physicians
  • Coaching for growth

I think the greatest strengths of our program when I did residency was – 1. Being a medium-sized program where everyone knew everyone and the work environment was very friendly. 2. Residents had a strong sub-specialty exposure. 3. Program leadership was very supportive and helped with career advancement. 4. Excellent rapport with co-residents both at work and outside.

Srinath Sundararajan, MD, Class of 2012, Hematology/Oncology, University of Arizona

Training Sites

  • University Medical Center (UMC) is the publicly funded hospital for Clark County and the city of Las Vegas. At UMC, residents have the opportunity to care for a diverse patient population that includes individuals from southern Nevada and all over the world. This clinical experience affords residents the opportunity to manage a wide-array of pathologic conditions.
    • Full-time faculty of the school of medicine staffs the general medicine service.
    • The full-time medical school faculty and adjunct community subspecialty faculty teach the subspecialty rotations.
  • The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VA) offers residents the opportunity to care for the nation's veterans and contribute to the VA's mission of providing exceptional health care that improves veterans' health and well-being.
    • Residents will rotate on the inpatient general medicine service and have the opportunity to rotate through subspecialty rotations at the VA.
  • Community Partnerships
  • Southern Nevada Health District
    • All categorical residents rotate at the health district so they may further understand how public health departments impact their role as providers and population health.

Training in the state of the art simulation center enhances the resident experience by practicing procedures and participating in simulated codes using a high-fidelity simulator. We also incorporate the use of standardized patients to advance communication skills.

We were accredited for 10 years by the ACGME at our most recent site visit.

Las Vegas is truly a fabulous city with more depth than one imagines based on first impressions. In addition to a robust restaurant and entertainment scene, residents are able to enjoy the great outdoors in a growing medical environment. Read more about living in Las Vegas.


UNLV Faculty