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May 27, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Las Vegas needs its own medical school

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I think Dr. Mark Doubrava’s suggestion to build a public medical school in Las Vegas is a relevant and good idea. There are examples throughout the country of similar problems with feasible and cost-efficient solutions.

Texas Tech opened a separate medical school in El Paso in the past five years which is independent and successful.

The University of Kansas converted its clinical Wichita campus into a full four-year program with its own dean.

Kansas has just opened another independent school in Salina.

A first step for Nevada would be to create a separate vice chancellor for health sciences in the chancellor’s office that both medical school deans would report to.

A new Las Vegas medical school would also facilitate the creation and accreditation of new residency training programs.

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