Press Release
Reno, Nevada - Nov. 7, 2013 
// The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) has announced a new partnership that will formally begin the process of establishing full four-year tracks of medical education in Reno and Las Vegas, which will lead to an independent allopathic medical school campus at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on November 6 by NSHE, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM) to develop a full-scale medical school in Southern Nevada.


"Increasing the medical education and health care options for Nevadans has always been a top priority for the Nevada System of Higher Education," said Chancellor Dan Klaich. "I'm proud of the collaboration between our two universities and their efforts to bring these long-discussed plans from the drawing board to reality."


Currently, the University of Nevada, Reno operates the University of Nevada School of Medicine where students complete their core classes in Reno and can complete their clinical training in Reno and Las Vegas. 


The collaboration will lead to the development of two medical school campuses, in Las Vegas and Reno, initially operating under UNSOM's accreditation, and which will lead to two full, four-year medical schools, affiliated with UNLV and UNR, respectively.


"This Memorandum of Understanding is in concert with our vision to expand the medical education campus and graduate medical education in Southern Nevada," said UNR President Marc Johnson. "It affirms the shared commitment to collaborate across the institutions of the Nevada System of Higher Education and clarifies the sequential goals to be met. The ultimate goal is to best apply our resources and steward the investment placed in our organizations to result in improved medical care, health care services and quality of life for Nevadans."


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.


"We've known for a long time that it is imperative that we build the health care capacity of Southern Nevada," said UNLV President Neal Smatresk. "This collaborative agreement is a substantial step forward and offers a path that effectively utilizes the resources of two great institutions to address our critical needs in health care."

"I am enthused about the potential for this agreement, which could be described as historic, to guide public medical education's contributions to the health and health care of Nevada and its residents," said Thomas L. Schwenk, dean of the University of Nevada School of Medicine.  "The quality of life and economic development of the state are dependent on our ability to educate more medical students, train more residents and fellows in more specialties and subspecialties, and improve the quality of care through clinical research. This agreement is a huge step forward in accomplishing those goals."

About the Nevada System of
Higher Education
The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of the nation's fastest growing state. The NSHE provides educational opportunities to nearly 106,000 students and is governed by the Nevada Board of Regents.
About the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of more than 27,000 students and 2,900 faculty and staff. Founded in 1957, the university offers more than 220 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs. UNLV is located on a 332-acre campus in dynamic Southern Nevada and is classified in the category of Research Universities (high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
About the University of Nevada, Reno  
Founded in 1874 as Nevada's land-grant university, the University of Nevada, Reno ranks in the top tier of best national universities. With nearly 19,000 students, the university is driven to contribute a culture of student success, world-improving research and outreach that enhances communities and business. With outreach and education programs in all Nevada counties and home to one of the largest study-abroad consortiums, the university extends across the state and around the world. For more information, visit www.unr.edu.
About the University of Nevada
School of Medicine 
The University of Nevada School of Medicine, a research-intensive, community-based, statewide medical school, has served Nevada for more than 40 years as its only public medical school. Our mission is improving the health of Nevada's diverse population through world-class biomedical research, an innovative curriculum integrating basic and clinical sciences, and highly competitive residency and fellowship programs that complement a statewide network of urban and rural clinical facilities. Through targeted growth and investment in research, clinical services and education, the School of Medicine is a resource for improving health care regionally and across the country.
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University of Nevada, Las Vegas 
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University of Nevada, Reno 
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