Dr. Thomas Hunt, Family Medicine Department Chair in the College of Medicine at Roseman University, announced a 100% match through the National Resident Matching Program with 10 new resident physicians slated to begin this summer. This graduate medical education program, provides additional training opportunities, introductions to a network of referring physicians and future patients for residents who may choose to remain in southern Nevada to practice medicine. This program, a cooperative effort of several healthcare entities, was created to address the medical shortages of both Nevada and the U.S.
“This residency program is a collaborative partnership between our College of Medicine and The Valley Health System. The design of this partnership underscores how a community-based medical school works with a local hospital system to accomplish great things to benefit our community. It is truly remarkable to match all first year openings in the first year of operation in a residency program. I congratulate the College of Medicine and The Valley Health System in this joint endeavor,” states Mark A. Penn, MD, founding Dean of the College of Medicine.
Creating a strategic partnership with The Valley Health System, the College of Medicine is sharing resources to make the Family Medicine residency a reality. In addition to being a Chair in the College of Medicine, Dr. Hunt is also the Program Director of The Valley Health System Family Medicine program. “According to the Association of American Medical Colleges 2017 State Physician Workforce Data Report, Nevada ranks 48th in the country for active Primary Care Physicians per 100,000 population. The Valley Health System’s newly accredited Family Medicine Residency Program was created to address this disparity and increases Nevada’s Family Physician residency training slots by 33%,” states Dr. Hunt.
Of the 10 first-year Family Medicine residents, 4 consider Las Vegas home. The three-year program focuses on primary care and preventive medicine and will include training in both outpatient clinics and hospitals.
Hunt adds, “More Americans depend on family physicians than on any other medical specialty. The newly accredited Family Medicine Residency Program, when fully operational, will train 30 physicians per year. The program will help alleviate the family physician shortage in Nevada and has been designed to retain these doctors in our community.”
Through this collaborative effort, residents will rotate through Roseman Medical Group, Southwest Medical outpatient clinics and the Spring Valley and Summerlin Hospitals. The standard first day of clinical work for all resident physicians in the United States is July 1.
“We at The Valley Health System are excited for our collaboration with Roseman University College of Medicine and the school’s engagement with our Family Medicine Residency Program. We’re very fortunate to be able to call on the experience and expertise of Dr. Tom Hunt as our Program Director. His record of accomplishments in Nevada and his enthusiasm for resident education will be keys to our program’s continued success,” says Andrew Eisen, MD, Chief Academic Officer for all of Valley Health System’s residency programs.
“The Values of our College of Medicine place patients at the center of all of our education, research, and patient activities. This partnership with Valley Health will greatly benefit the patients from our community,” says Dean Penn.
About the Roseman University College of Medicine
Roseman University began building the foundation for its MD-granting College of Medicine in 2010. On December 13, 2013, the Board of Trustees of Roseman University unanimously approved the university’s plan to develop an allopathic medical school in Southern Nevada. The College of Medicine currently is creating essential community and clinical connections and raising the funding needed to become accredited with the LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education). The two major initiatives include, expanding philanthropic outreach, and growing a medical practice, under the Roseman Medical Group (RMG). The clinical practice began in January 2018 and is a multidisciplinary medical practice which currently includes family medicine, neurology, and pediatric nephrology. As required by the LCME, the practice will expand into other medical specialties. The College of Medicine is housed at Roseman University’s Summerlin campus.
About Roseman University of Health Sciences
Founded in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a private, non-profit institution of higher learning with campuses in Henderson, Nevada, Summerlin Las Vegas, Nevada, and South Jordan, Utah. The university is comprised of the College of Dental Medicine, offering an Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA residency and Doctor of Dental Medicine program; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and an MBA program. The university is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and is an equal opportunity institution. For more information, visit www.roseman.edu.
About The Valley Health System
The Valley Health System (VHS), the Official Health System of The Vegas Golden Knights, cares for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding communities. Accredited by The Joint Commission, VHS hospitals provide a comprehensive array of medical services including cardiovascular, neurosciences, maternity and women’s health, emergency and surgical care, along with specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, pediatrics, orthopedics, diabetes, wound care, surgical weight loss/bariatrics, geropsychiatric services and acute inpatient rehabilitation units. For more information, visit www.valleyhealthsystemlv.com.
Updated information about The Valley Health System and its affiliated medical school can be found on:
Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center
Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center
Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center
Summerlin Hospital Medical Center
Valley Hospital Las Vegas