School of Medicine to expand at UNLV and UNR
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The University of Nevada School of Medicine is on its way to having two full campuses. A new agreement between UNLV and UNR looks to grow the school in both areas of the state.
But Dean of Medicine Thomas Schwenk says the growth of the medical school in Las Vegas in no way jeopardizes the school in Reno.
"This absolutely cannot be a zero sum game; it cannot be a win-lose game. The entire state loses if that's the case."
Schwenk says the newly signed memorandum of understanding between the two schools stipulates the need to expand in both the north and the south.
That will be a funding issue for the legislature in the coming years. Schwenk says they can't afford to get two schools for the price of one.
"We basically have had a two plus two school of medicine, with two years in Reno and much of the third and fourth years in Las Vegas. We're very short on residency and fellowship training. Now, we have an explicit, powerful statement by both involved parties that we're going to grow up both campuses."
Schwenk says in many ways it makes sense to have two separate schools, given the distance from each other and the two different populations they serve.
"I think, in general, Reno will tend to be more primary care oriented. I think Las Vegas will tend to be more for urban [populations], surgical specialities, trauma, medical sub-specialities. It will be a different model and somewhat reflect the resources available there."
In the foreseeable future, graduates will still be receiving their diploma from the University of Nevada School of Medicine, although in the long term there may very well be two different schools.