While we have made strides in our community, we have more work to do. Our community needs more locally-based, talented, compassionate, and highly qualified medical partners to join the medical community that currently exists. Roseman University’s College of Medicine is part of the solution to addressing this need.
The facts tell the story –
- According to the Tripp Umbach independent report, Nevada’s growing and aging population requires more doctors, specifically to serve culturally diverse populations. In addition:
- Data from recent academic years shows that the number of medical schools in the state (three currently) is not sufficient to support the number of qualified applicants, with an average four to five percent matriculation rate. Nevada and the Mountain West are growing at rate that far exceeds current medical training and education capabilities.
- Nevada’s physician shortage is even more severe than in most states, with only three states having fewer physicians per capita. · Our state’s ranking for physicians in all specialties is also low, and it will get worse as physicians retire. Currently, one out of four doctors in Nevada is age 60 or over. There is a need for practically every physician specialty in Southern Nevada.
- There is also a need for more Graduate Medical Education (also called residency training). Nevada is far behind in the number of residency positions per 100,000. When medical students in a state attend a residency program within that same state, the possibility those students will practice medicine following residency in the state is approximately 67%.