Medical MOU Signed

Nov. 8, 2013

Dear Campus Community,

Today is an incredibly important day for UNLV and for Southern Nevada. I am pleased to share news about a new partnership that will formally begin the process of establishing an independent allopathic medical school campus at UNLV. 

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on November 6 by NSHE, UNR, UNLV and the University of Nevada School of Medicine to develop a full-scale medical school in Southern Nevada. The MOU outlines a vision to move toward two medical school campuses under the accreditation and management of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, and eventually toward two full-scale, financially sustainable medical schools, affiliated with UNLV and UNR, respectively.

The MOU will be presented to the Nevada Board of Regents for approval at their December 5-6 meeting at UNLV where next steps will be discussed. Developmental phases and substantial incremental funding by the state will be required. However, as the recent report by Tripp Umbach indicates, such a school in Las Vegas could have a $1.2 billion annual economic impact and add 8,000 jobs to the Southern Nevada economy by 2030.

It is imperative that we build the healthcare capacity of our region as Nevada continues to face a shortage of physicians. This partnership is an important step forward and offers a path that effectively utilizes the resources of two great institutions to address our region’s critical needs in health care.

There is much work to be done in developing and implementing a plan to best serve the health care needs of our state. I look forward to working with our campus and other partners on designing, financing, and building a major facility to create full clinical and basic science teaching and research capacity at UNLV.

We have needed a medical school in Southern Nevada for a long time. This represents a major milestone in the evolution of our campus and our community, and I hope you find this news as much cause for celebration as I do.  Attached below is the signed MOU which memorializes this significant step forward.

Neal J. Smatresk