The University of Nevada School of Medicine has close to 70 people graduating on May 15, 2015, however, only seven of those graduates are expected to stay behind and practice their profession in Nevada. Past statistics have shown that 90% of graduates seek opportunities elsewhere and do not plan to ever return to the Silver State.
The state is currently grappling with a pressing need for additional medical doctors- it’s the largest area in the country without teaching residency institutions and only one public medical school that caters to its students that area spread across an area of 400 miles. Many studies show that doctors and hospital administrators usually practice in the same state they graduated from, which helps increate the quality care and the numbers of practitioners for that specific state. However, this trend is not as easily transferable to Nevada and its public medical school. This indicates the importance and urgency of developing independent medical teaching schools around the state of Nevada as well as continuously increasing the overall quality of education.
Mark Doubrava, an official with the Nevada System of Higher Education, believes that residency programs have to be linked to strong medical schools. This is the only way to create a system that fully supports students in all stages of their education and beyond. State officials are also working along side lawmakers to develop excellent medical campuses across the state that are meant to attract new students and tenured faculty who are willing to establish a prominent medical culture.
The State Medical Association of Nevada has expressed that they will need thousands of doctors and nurses in the upcoming decades, and this is the time to start thinking of new strategies to build the infrastructure to house these new additions. With already aging practicing physicians, these needs are even more relevant.