Our core philosophy is to train competent, compassionate, and committed residents to become the best physicians they can be. The block schedule, courses, conferences, and didactic sessions have been created with care to ensure the best possible learning environment. While we practice graduated autonomy, we also believe in giving residents significant experience and responsibility early in their training. Interns will be expected to respond to consultations and emergencies on their first day of residency (with proper guidance and oversight), as well as be expected to participate in surgical procedures. By the end of their three months on the Orthopaedic Trauma rotation, they will be proficient at many of the basic skills required to manage the acutely injured patient. During the PGY II year, our residents participate in a night float system. They will learn to make autonomous decisions, manage care, and prepare patients for surgery. By the time residents have reached their third year, they are ready to progress in their surgical skills and have many opportunities to be in the operative theater. By the time residents reach their chief year, they will be ready to be leaders of a team and act as junior attending surgeons in the operating room. We fully anticipate that our residents will be well prepared to enter practice and stand as leaders in their community.
In addition to top-notch training, there are many reasons to love life in Las Vegas as a UNLV Orthopaedic Resident. We believe we have struck the ideal work-life balance, and our happy residents will attest to that fact. The night float system, for example, has been very popular because it decreases the amount of call taken during the rest of residency and it eliminates the need for cross coverage. Another unique feature of training is that our faculty span both academic and private practice, so our residents get to see both aspects of practice. They are immersed in academic medicine at the county hospital, and learn the business of medicine in private clinics and surgery centers. Outside the hospital, the city of Las Vegas offers world-class dining, shopping, and entertainment, and is sure to attract many friends and relatives for visits. The warm climate allows for year-round recreational activities and exploration of the surrounding natural wonderlands such as Red Rock Canyon, Mount Charleston, Lake Mead, and Zion National Park. A four-hour drive to the beach, or an international airport make travel away from the city easy and affordable. Because there is no state income tax, most residents are able to purchase homes if they choose. Cost of living is low, making Las Vegas an easy place to live on a resident’s salary. Many of our residents have families and children, and have found that Las Vegas is a great place for raising a family. Come see why our residents are some of the happiest in the country!