Academic Health Center Milestones

Milestone Progress

Donors have pledged $155 M for a medical education building at UNLV. This building is part of a citywide effort to create a state-of-the-art Medical District. The 214-acre medical district is located just North of the city center — West Charleston Boulevard and the 1-15 corridor. The proposed building will be located at 625 Shadow Lane on nine acres, near two major hospitals — the University Medical Center, our major teaching hospital with the only Level 1 trauma center in Nevada, and Valley Hospital. Also nearby is the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Construction is anticipated to begin November 2020 with a two year planned construction timeline. During 2015-16, the Clark County Commission approved a transfer of nine acres at Shadow Lane to UNLV, with the site to be used for Academic Health buildings.

Academic Health Sciences Deans have been working together as they developed a strategic plan to guide the initial formation of an Academic Health Center. They are currently engaged in efforts to further evaluate their progress, seek input, and continue to chart a path forward.

AHC rendering of lobby.

Rendering of Academic Health Center lobby

Major Accomplishments

School of Dental Medicine

2019-20

Education
  • During COVID-19 pandemic was able to successfully graduate all members of 2020 class (100% graduation rate).
  • Continuity of education with the classes of 2021-2023 in midst of the pandemic (all students progressed to the next academic year).
  • Pass rates:
  • First time pass rates for National Boards Part I = 94% (100% pass rate at time of matriculation to DS3 class.
  • First time pass rates for National Boards Part II = 94% (100% pass rate at graduation).
  • Matriculated >75% of the class of 2024 Nevada residents or with strong ties to Nevada.
UNLV Dental Clinic Metrics
  • Including the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SDM clinics $2,781,476 in free and reduced care to Nevada residents (July 2019 to June 30, 2019).
  • UNLV Dental screened over 2, 200 and treated 1,400 emergency patients during the height of the pandemic (March 2020-June 2020), keeping them out of the emergency rooms.
Research Grants
  • Amount of grants for July 2019 to June 2020 = $517,295. Total overall $15,359,685.

2018-19

  • National Dental Board Examination - In 2019, 100% of students passed the Part I of the National Dental Board Examination (NBDE), with a first time pass rate of 91%.
  • National Dental Board Examination - In 2019, 100% of students passed the Part II of the National Dental Board Examination (NBDE), with a first time pass rate of 95%.
  • The school hosted its second Benefit for Smiles Gala December 7, attracting nearly 250 attendees, 14 industry and community sponsors, and raised nearly $50,000 for patient care.
  • The SDM was honored at the 8th annual Philanthropy Leaders’ Summit on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019; received the Nevada Medical Center’s Eric M. Hilton Healthcare Collaboration Prize for the Saturday Community Clinics (Sgt. Ferrin Veteran’s Clinic; Women’s Clinic; Children’s Clinic; and the Homeless Clinic).
  • The SDM student doctors reach beyond the main student clinics. In 2018 through June 30, 2019, student doctors have completed over 70,737 procedures in the amount of $1,210,569.00 in free care. This care is in addition to the four (4) community-based SDM clinics which completed 4,608 procedures adding an additional $488,943.34 in free care, totaling $1,699,512.34 in free care.
  • With the addition of the student clinics at the school and at SDM on Main, the clinics (from January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 completed 108,472 patients visits totally in a savings in reduced care to citizens of Nevada of $8,030,431.00. This brings the total of free and/or reduced care to $9,739,943.34 during this time period.
  • HRSA Award: Dental Faculty Loan Repayment in the amount of $999,664 (over 5 years).
  • In 2019, SDM had 25 student presentations at the SDM Dean Symposium Research Day, with 23 of those being accepted at the International Association of Dental Research in Vancouver, BC, Canada (June 19-22, 2019).

2017-18

  • The graduation rate for the School of Dental Medicine Class of 2018 was greater than 96%.
  • The School has 81 collaborative publications and presentations during calendar year 2017, and 56 in the first part of calendar year 2018.
  • There were 72,214 patient visits in the pre-doctoral and graduate/advanced program clinics.
  • The School provided $1,226,589.34 of free care to Nevadans in 2017*
  • $5,071,914 of reduced-fee clinic care was provided by the School to Nevadans in 2017**

*Estimated value is calculated using Usual & Customary (U&C) fees for services

**Savings to Nevada citizens is estimated at the difference between U&C fees minus reduced charges

Integrated Health Sciences

2019-20

  • The School of Integrated Health Sciences has raised $7,000,000 in philanthropy including two endowed chairs (Chambers-Grundy endowed Professorship and Chambers-Grundy endowed Chair in Brain Health), significant funds for the UNLV Food Pantry and an endowment honoring Larry Golding, a former faculty member in the School.
  • Increased first year retention rates from 69% to 80% in August 2020.
  • The first class for the degree of Occupational Therapy Doctoral Degree is now ready to begin.  Accomplishments include having hired a director, a corpus of faculty to instruct in the program and the collection of various clinical agreements throughout the community.  Student enrollment has reached maximum capacity.
  • The School conferred 386 degrees as of July 2020, an increase of over 30% from the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • The School has secured six National Institutes of Health grant awards or subcontract awards making the School one of the largest recipients of National Institutes of Health funding of all of the Colleges and Schools in the University.
  • The School developed an online peer-mentorship program to assist with academic and social supports in negotiating the undergraduate experience in the School as well as in the other Health Sciences.

2018-19

  • Official name change from the School of Allied Health Sciences to the School of Integrated Health Sciences.
  • Complete change of promotion and tenure guidelines for the School that is in accord with the Top Tier goals of the University.
  • The doctoral program in Occupational Therapy has commenced and has been launched.
  • There is a new department in the School (Department of Brain Health) which is devoted to the study of neurodegenerative disorders. Several key faculty have been recruited for the Department including Jeffrey Cumming, MD, Jeffrey Kinney, PhD, Samantha John, PhD and Donna Costa, PhD.
  • There have been a number of significant philanthropic gifts to the School including a recent gift from Tiger Woods.

2017-18

  • UNLV, Department of Physical Therapy is one of the highest ranked programs within the University. The program was ranked as 79 of 236 physical therapy programs in the nation. The program has improved by 42 slots from the ranking received in 2012 (#121).
  • The Doctor of Medical Physics (DMP) program received full (5-year) accreditation. It is one of only 4 doctoral program in medical physics in the nation.
  • One of our faculty attained over 1,500 citations for past publications in 2017 with a cumulative total of 16,000 citations.
  • The School of Allied Health Sciences now has four major grant awards from the National Institutes of Health including two R01 awards, an R15 award and a K01 award. Total funded grant support in 2017 was $5,555,155. in 2017 compared to $4,454,202. in 2016.
  • The School has established a public-private partnership with Lake Las Vegas whereby the School received a $25,000 gift.
  • The Board of Regents approved the Doctor of Occupational Therapy degrees program which will begin in 2020 adding 36 additional doctoral students to the Graduate College.

School of Medicine

2019-20

  • The School of Integrated Health Sciences has raised $7,000,000 in philanthropy including two endowed chairs (Chambers-Grundy endowed Professorship and Chambers-Grundy endowed Chair in Brain Health), significant funds for the UNLV Food Pantry and an endowment honoring Larry Golding, a former faculty member in the School.
  • Increased first year retention rates from 69% to 80% in August 2020.
  • The first class for the degree of Occupational Therapy Doctoral Degree is now ready to begin.  Accomplishments include having hired a director, a corpus of faculty to instruct in the program and the collection of various clinical agreements throughout the community.  Student enrollment has reached maximum capacity.
  • The School conferred 386 degrees as of July 2020, an increase of over 30% from the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • The School has secured six National Institutes of Health grant awards or subcontract awards making the School one of the largest recipients of National Institutes of Health funding of all of the Colleges and Schools in the University.
  • The School developed an online peer-mentorship program to assist with academic and social supports in negotiating the undergraduate experience in the School as well as in the other Health Sciences.

2018-19

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded UNLV Internal Medicine Assistant Professor Dr. Ji Won Yoo, who specializes in Geriatrics, a $3.7 million dollar, 5-year workforce grant to develop a program that will help transform Nevada into a dementia friendly system with aging friendly communities. The funding will help UNLV’s colleges of medicine, nursing, dental, engineering, and communications collaborate to improve the treatment outcomes, understanding and awareness of those showing signs of early and advanced dementia.
  • Professor of Surgery Dr. Deborah Kuhls was awarded $1.1 million in grant funding by the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety for her research studying traffic related injuries.
  • The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV is establishing Nevada’s first fellowship program in forensic psychiatry, and the Governor's GME Task Force has awarded a grant of $521K to help in its development.
  • After 10 members of the SOM charter class were accepted into prestigious summer research programs at institutions like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and John Hopkins School of Medicine, many are being called upon to present their research at state and regional medical conferences – which is uncommon for students at newer medical schools. Their performance in research and more recently delivering presentations at professional conferences has been outstanding.
  • Vice Dean of Clinical Research Dr. Parvesh Kumar helped secure the renewal of the largest federally funded grant at UNLV. The CTR-IN is a 5-year $20.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. It expands the clinical research capacity of UNLV and partner institutions across seven western states.
  • The school of medicine welcomed its third class of students July 15th, 2019. The class of 2023 boasts an average GPA of 3.7 and 510 MCAT. More than 1,950 completed applications were received for 60 slots.
  • July 2018 – Second class of 60 Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV students, most with Nevada connections, begins. Donors provide 40 full scholarships and 20 partial scholarships.
  • August 2018 – Dr. Parvesh Kumar, Vice Dean of Clinical Research, secures renewal of $20 million research grant from National Institutes of Health, the largest grant at UNLV.
  • August 2018 – Statistics show Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV among most diverse — 25 percent of students come from populations traditionally underrepresented in medical school.

2017-18

  • July 2017 – Inaugural class of 60 Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV students, all with Nevada connections and receiving fully funded $100,000 scholarships over four years (totaling $6 million)
  • Faculty physicians treat wounded from the 1 October mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip – President Trump calls their work “incredible."
  • Following the 1 October event, UNLV surgeons spoke to trauma doctors in dozens of countries.
  • Medical school salutes first Fulbright Award winner, Dr. Katherine Hertlein. (February 2018)

2016-17

  • Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV - increased base funding by $13 million
  • $50 million for Medical Education Building
  • Successfully transferred approximately 750 employees from the UNR practice plan to UNLV

2015-16

  • Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV preliminary accreditation, 10/18/16
  • Ackerman Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Solutions established
  • Clark County Commission approved transfer of nine acres at Shadow Lane – site to be used for Academic Health buildings

School of Nursing

2019-20

  • The School of Nursing is designated by the National League for Nursing as a Center for Excellence for providing an environment that promotes student success.
  • Nursing online graduate programs are ranked #11 nationally by US News & World Report.
  • The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) are ranked #40 nationally by US News & World Report.
  • The school increased undergraduate enrollment (66%) with a program graduation/retention/program completion rate of 93% and increasing MSN enrollment (10%).
  • Three students were elected to national offices in the National Student Nurses Association.
  • The School completed the first successful Nurse Camp for rising high school juniors and seniors with media attention on every local news station and all three newspapers.
  • The School increased alumni engagement and increased alumni donations.

2018-19

  • Increased grant funding from $268K to $1.4M
  • Re-establishing the SON alumni chapter
  • Faculty receiving awards, fellowships and other distinctions in the nursing profession
  • Developing initiatives to enhance the diversity and success of SON students (chapter of Men in Nursing and Hispanic Nurses Association)
  • Increased undergraduate enrollment by 14%
  • Building new academic tracks: RN to BSN, and MSN – Emergency Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

2017-18

  • For the fourth year in a row, US News and World Report ranked the online graduate program in the top 10% of online nursing programs.
  • Barbara St. Pierre-Schneider was accepted for fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing. She is being recognized for the impact of her research program on the effects of hypobaria (reduced atmospheric pressure) on skeletal muscle inflammation and regeneration after injury and hemorrhagic shock. This brings the total number of fellows to five.
    • US News and World Report considers the percentage of faculty with important academic achievements in the nursing field. Currently of our 308 faculty, eight hold important academic achievement credentials, 5 are fellows in the American Academy of Nursing (Amar, Dingley, Ekroos, Schneider, and Yucha), 2 Fellows in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (Miller and VanBeuge), and 1 fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education (Amar).
  • Research funding has increased slightly during 2017-18 to $2 million as compared to $1.8 million in 2016-2017.
  • $60,000 in funding was received from the prestigious Jonas Foundation to support four doctoral students. The foundation’s goals include increasing the number of nurses with advanced training filling leadership roles as faculty, clinical leaders, and researchers.
  • $197,000 from Health Resources and Services Administration was awarded to the School in order to provide financial support to nurse practitioner graduate students.

School of Public Health

2019-20

  • In 2019, the UNLV School of Public Health acquired over $5 million in research grants and extramural funding.
  • U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome M. Adams personally visited the School of Public Health in April 2019. He held a presentation and Q&A for 120+ faculty, staff, and students and spent time with leadership to hear about progress being made at our school and the university. 
  • The School has created the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
  • The School is leading COVID-19 Contract tracing effort.   A grant for 3.4 Million was received from the State and the first 60 employees (all students) were hired to manage this effort. 
  • The Nevada Minority Health and Equity Coalition returned to the School.
  • The School received approval from CEPH providing them with 3 more years as a fully accredited School of Public Health, with no interim reporting requirements.
  • The School’s faculty and staff published 113 peer reviewed journal articles in 2019.

2018-19

  • The UNLV School of Public Health (known as the School of Community Health Sciences until Nov. 2018) became the first and only accredited School of Public Health in Nevada by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). It is currently one of 66 schools in the world with this distinction.
  • The school acquired accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Management Education (CAHME) for its Master and Executive Master in Health Care Administration programs. Additionally, our Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration and Policy program renewed its accreditation with the Association of University Programs in Health Care Administration (AUPHA).
  • The School of Public Health celebrated several milestones in 2019, including its 15-year anniversary of leading public health education, research, and service in Nevada. The Nevada Institute for Children's Research & Policy (NICRP), housed in the School of Public Health, also celebrated its 20th anniversary.
  • In 2018, the School of Public Health acquired over $7 million in research grants and extramural funding.
  • In April 2019, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams paid a special visit to the School of Public Health where he held a presentation and Q&A for more than 120 faculty, staff, and students and spent time with leadership to learn about the progress at UNLV regarding public health.
  • Many faculty and students were recognized for their hard work and achievements on campus and in public health in 2018-2019.

2017-18

As part of our mission to advance the science of public health, improve the health and quality of life of people in our communities, and work to eliminate health disparities in Nevada, the nation, and the world by providing leadership in quality education, research, and service, we highlight the following achievements:

  • The School’s Department of Health Care Administration and Policy’s Master of Health Care Administration Program (MHA) received CAHME accreditation, and is the only program in the state.
  • The School had approximately 5.5 million in extramural funding during FY18.
  • 65 peer reviewed journal articles were published.
  • A self study and site visit was completed as the School works towards becoming an accredited School of Public Health.