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May 16, 2021

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Letter to the editor:

It’s about time for a med school here

Regarding “UNLV, UNR close to plan that would create medical school in Southern Nevada,” the Nov. 5 article on lasvegassun.com:

I am delighted to read of long overdue efforts to develop a medical school for Southern Nevada that would be ultimately run by UNLV.

Las Vegas is the largest city in Nevada and, with more than 2 million souls, deserves its own medical school that will train the next generation of doctors to serve this large and economically vibrant community. Also, as aging baby boomers retire, many of them will take up residence in attractive Las Vegas and will need medical care in the coming decades.

It should seem obvious that this region would greatly benefit from an accredited medical school and from all of the additional economic benefits that would be generated by developing this important intellectual engine.

On top of that, giving UNLV a medical school would significantly help the university as it seeks to achieve Tier 1 status.

The writer is an associate professor of physics and a member of the UNLV Faculty Senate.

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