UNLV School of Medicine


Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), is an academic division of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) with 60 students matriculated on July 17, 2017.[1][2] The students began their education with a 6 week EMT course.[2] The school is the first to grant the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in Southern Nevada. The school uses facilities in the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (UMCSN) clinical building at the Las Vegas Medical District.

Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV
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EstablishedAugust 22, 2014; 7 years ago (2014-08-22)
Parent institution
DeanMarc J. Kahn, MD, MBA, MACP, FRCP
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Barbara Atkinson was hired by UNLV as the Planning Dean on May 19, 2014.[3] The school was officially founded on August 22, 2014 when the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents approved a two year budget,[4] and the school submitted its accreditation application to the LCME on September 29, 2014.[5] A joint legislative budget subcommittee approved an initial $1.2 million for FY2016 and $7.1 million for FY2017 to fund development on May 7, 2015.[6] An additional $5.9 million for FY2016 and $12.5 million for FY2017 were added from the General Fund upon final adoption of SB514 on June 11, 2015.[7][8] Barbara Atkinson was promoted from Planning Dean to Founding Dean on November 10, 2015.[9] The LCME transitioned the school from applicant to candidate status on February 11, 2016[10] and the school received preliminary accreditation by the LCME on October 18, 2016.[11] In August 2016, the ACGME approved the transfer to UNLV of all Las Vegas based residencies and fellowships previously associated with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, effective July 1, 2017.[12][2] The first White Coat Ceremony was conducted on August 25, 2017.[2]

The Clark County Commission approved a 3 year lease of the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (UMCSN) clinical building at 1524 Pinto Lane, in the Las Vegas Medical District, on September 10, 2015.[13] The Clark County Commission then approved the transfer of 9 acres of land at 625 Shadow Lane to the school on June 21, 2016, on which the school plans to build a new 170,000 square feet building for about $100 million.[14]

As of July 24, 2019, Atkinson announced she will transition from dean into an advisory leadership role with the school, effective Sept. 1, 2019 citing personal reasons for the change after leading the school during its crucial formative years.[15] In April 2020, Dr. Marc J. Kahn began his tenure as Dean of the School


In April 2015, UNLV committed to paying the entire 4-year medical school tuition for its initial class of 60 students.[16] A $10 million donation from the Engelstad Family Foundation announced in June 2015 exceeded this goal, providing 100 students, 25 in each class over the first 4 years, with full tuition.[17]

Anthony Marlon, a Las Vegas cardiologist and founder of Sierra Health Services, donated $2 million in September 2015 to help form the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.[18]

The United Health Foundation donated $3 million in April 2016 to develop community clinics and educational programs.[19]

An anonymous donation of $25 million matched $25 million in new legislative funding, authorized by the Nevada Legislature on June 5, 2017.[20]


UNLV School of Medicine offers medical students a hands-on, community focused curriculum grounded in technology and innovation. Students are immediately immersed into the medical field with the first phase of the curriculum being a six-week course ending with each student becoming a certified emergency medical technician (EMT).

During the second phase, students will have the opportunity to work in small groups to learn medical Spanish, virtual microscopy and virtual anatomy. UNLV School of medicine is one of the first medical schools to opt for 3-D touchscreen visuals instead of cadavers. Along with UNLV School of Medicine’s virtual anatomy, students benefit from a virtual library. Books, journal articles, videos, and data is available digitally through EZProxy, a cross platform cloud environment which allows students access to the library from anywhere in the world.

Students will receive a full year of outpatient, integrated clerkships. They will work closely with physicians and nurses in the specialties of: Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery. Along with working with healthcare professionals, students will work with UNLV’s William F. Harrah Hotel College of Hotel Administration learning hospitality techniques, offering a new approach to patient care.

In the third phase of the curriculum, students will begin hospital internships, electives and completion of a scholarly project. In an effort to ease the transition into residency, each student will have an intensive capstone rotation individualized to their field of study.

Affiliated hospitalsEdit

Hospitals that assist in the instruction of medical students, residents, and fellows from the UNLV School of Medicine include University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, and the Mike O'Callaghan Federal Hospital.

Graduate medical educationEdit

The residencies and fellowships of the UNLV School of Medicine, as of July 1, 2017:


Program Length Accreditation
Emergency Medicine 3 years ACGME
Family Medicine 3 years ACGME
Family Medicine-Rural 3 years ACGME
General Surgery 5 years ACGME
Internal Medicine 3 years ACGME
Obstetrics and Gynecology 4 years ACGME
Orthopedic Surgery 5 years ACGME
Otolaryngology 5 years ACGME
Pediatrics 3 years ACGME
Plastic Surgery 6 years ACGME
Psychiatry 4 years ACGME


Program Department Length Accreditation
Obstetrics Family Medicine 1 year
Sports Medicine Family Medicine 1 year ACGME
Urgent Care Fellowship Family Medicine 1 year
Colon and Rectal Surgery General Surgery 1 year
Acute Care Surgery General Surgery 2 years ACGME / AAST
Cardiovascular Medicine Internal Medicine 3 years ACGME
Gastroenterology and Hepatology Internal Medicine 3 years ACGME
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Internal Medicine 3 years ACGME
Hand and Microsurgery Plastic Surgery 1 year
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Psychiatry 2 years ACGME
Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery General Surgery 1 year


  1. ^ "The UNLV School of Medicine Accreditation Timeline". UNLV School of Medicine. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Bruzda, Natalie (June 10, 2017). "First UNLV Medical School Class Full of Enthusiasm". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Allen, Tony (May 7, 2014). "Barbara Atkinson Appointed Planning Dean for UNLV School of Medicine". UNLV News Center.
  4. ^ Nordli, Brian (August 22, 2014). "Regents' OK is 'huge step' toward UNLV getting medical school". Las Vegas Sun.
  5. ^ Allen, Tony (September 29, 2014). "UNLV Formally Begins Accreditation Process for School of Medicine". UNLV News Center.
  6. ^ Whaley, Sean (May 7, 2015). "Legislature approves slow start for UNLV medical school". Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  7. ^ "AN ACT relating to state financial administration; making appropriations from the State General Fund and the State Highway Fund for the support of the civil government of the State of Nevada for the 2015-2017 biennium; providing for the use of the money so appropriated; making various other changes relating to the financial administration of the State; repealing the prospective expiration of certain provisions relating to the Nevada Supreme Court; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.". Bill of June 11, 2015. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  8. ^ Piercall, Kim; Rindels, Michelle (June 11, 2015). "Sandoval signs bill sending $27 million to UNLV medical school". Las Vegas Sun.
  9. ^ Ley, Ana (November 10, 2015). "UNLV promotes medical school dean to jump-start new program". Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  10. ^ Usufzy, Pashtana (February 11, 2016). "UNLV medical school clears key hurdle". Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  11. ^ "Accredited U.S. Programs". LCME. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Milestones Accomplished". UNLV School of Medicine. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  13. ^ Botkin, Ben (September 15, 2015). "County approves expanded lease for UNLV School of Medicine". Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  14. ^ Ley, Ana (June 21, 2016). "Clark County commissioners OK site for UNLV's new medical school". Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  15. ^ Miranda Willson (2019-07-24). "UNLV med school Dean Barbara Atkinson taking new role Sept. 1 - Las Vegas Sun Newspaper". lasvegassun.com. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  16. ^ Whitaker, Ian (April 7, 2015). "UNLV planning full scholarships for new medical school's inaugural class". Las Vegas Sun.
  17. ^ Whitaker, Ian (June 17, 2015). "Campaign to fund scholarships for UNLV medical school raises twice its goal". Las Vegas Sun.
  18. ^ Whitaker, Ian (September 3, 2015). "Another triumph for UNLV medical school: Marlon donates $2 million". Las Vegas Sun.
  19. ^ Usufzy, Pashtana (April 5, 2016). "United Health Foundation pledges $3 million toward new UNLV medical school". Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  20. ^ Whaley, Sean (June 5, 2017). "Nevada Legislature adds $25 million for UNLV med school funding - VIDEO". Las Vegas Review-Journal.

External linksEdit

  • Official website

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