A Welcome from the Program Director
On behalf of the Internal Medicine Residency program, I would like to extend to you a very warm welcome. Formerly the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Las Vegas Internal Medicine Residency, our program was established in 1979. We transitioned to the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV in 2017 with the opening of our medical school. We are a medium-sized program composed of 74 residents. Many of our graduates stay in Las Vegas to continue to serve our community. Our program is incredibly proud of our graduates. Training at our program prepares our residents well for their career choice. Our residents have many options after graduation. Some of our graduates opt to pursue primary care or hospitalist careers, while others have pursued various subspecialties.
Our Internal Medicine program brings together the best of both academics and community practice. We partner with the University Medical Center (UMC), where residents care for a diverse patient population including the underserved as well as tourists from all over the world. Our residents care for patients at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System. Additionally, we partner with multiple community practices, including the Southern Nevada Health District. These community experiences complement the academic practices to allow for a wide array of experiences. Residents are able to benefit from both aspects, allowing them to appreciate different settings in medicine.
As mentioned in our mission statement, our program takes pride in our patient care, academic focus, and scholarly activity. Our residents have presented their hard work at local, regional, and national meetings. Our program emphasizes the importance of mentorship, pairing all interns to an academic advisor early during their training.
One of the strengths of our program is our incredible collegiality. Although we are a medium-sized program, our residents are an incredibly close-knit group. Our program fosters an inclusive family dynamic. All graduates comment on and appreciate this about our program. Resident wellness is important to our program, and we prioritize it from the start. We have a robust wellness curriculum and an active wellness committee.
There are so many benefits to training in Las Vegas. Las Vegas is so much more than “The Strip.” Our community has amazing opportunities for outdoor activities and family life. Options include the variety of trails, Red Rock, Mt. Charleston, Lake Mead, Springs Preserve, Wetlands Preserve, and many many more. Residents are often surprised at the options available to them and their families. Additionally, the culinary cuisine in Las Vegas is unparalleled, with options for all. Las Vegas is also a quick drive or flight away from many national parks and beaches. Whether you join our program alone or with your family, our program and our community have much to offer!
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our program. I look forward to personally meeting you. Please explore our website to gain some insight into our residency program and the sense of camaraderie our residents experience. We hope to see you on the interview trail!