The University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM) is a community based medical school which defines us as not owning or controlling our own clinical facilities but rather integrating with existing clinical facilities to carry out our mission of medical student education. Created as a two-year school in the 1970’s, it transitioned to a four-year school, graduating its first class in 1980. As a statewide school, the school’s administration is based in Reno, NV on the University of Nevada Reno (UNR) campus, which houses the basic science departments of UNSOM.
The Clinical Departments in the north and south are independent entities with their own residency programs. The Department of Pediatrics in Las Vegas provides the third year clerkship for 50% of the medical students including a number of fourth year electives and a sub internship. We currently have 42 residents and two chief residents.
The clinical training of medical students is at University Medical Center. The name reflects that it is the training site for UNSOM.
The Department of Pediatrics was started in Las Vegas in 1986, focusing on medical student education and clinical training. The ACGME accredited residency program was established in 1997 utilizing two hospitals, University Medical Center and Sunrise Hospital. Residents spend 50% of their time at each facility. Both institutions equally support funding of the residency program and both hospitals have designated part of their facilities as Children’s Hospitals i.e. Children’s Hospital of Nevada/UMC and Sunrise Children’s Hospital (SCH). The clinical rotations are duplicated rotations i.e. inpatient general pediatric wards, NICUs, PICUs, EDs. Outpatient clinics are at UMC and our own department’s Kids HealthCare Clinic. Subspecialty rotations are primarily in the community within physician’s offices.
A simulation center, developed in 2009-10, provides a training resource for our residents learning procedural skills as well as experiencing a variety of clinical scenarios.
The department has 126 faculty of which 43 are considered academic fulltime or part time. The remaining eighty plus are clinical faculty (volunteer). Resident supervision at SCH is exclusively by clinical faculty. At UMC a combination of clinical and academic faculty provide the supervision. The NICU, PICU, ED are clinical faculty. The academic faculty supervise residents on the in-patient ward unit and the UMC Lied General Pediatric Clinic as well as the department’s The Kids Health Care Clinic, an ambulatory clinic for our primary care faculty and subspecialists.
The department has fulltime academic faculty in the areas of behavioral developmental, endocrinology, general pediatrics, genetics, gastroenterology, hematology, hospitalists, infectious disease and pulmonology