Campaign for the College of Medicine
The need is now, and Roseman University is the right institution to make this happen. Founded in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences has been quietly laying a foundation of excellence and achieving its vision to be a “best in class” institution of higher learning.
Roseman University’s College of Medicine (COM) will help meet that need by using its truly innovative and unique Six-Point Mastery Learning Model® which has become the basis for the University’s degree-granting programs. This model provides a private medical school education to students who will be required to demonstrate no less than 90% competency on each examination and assessment in the curriculum. As Roseman University College of Medicine graduates, they will be physicians who will, in turn, contribute to a healthier Nevada, Utah and nation.
The College of Medicine’s mission is to expand and diversify the physician workforce in Southern Nevada and the Intermountain West Region and to develop research and healthcare delivery programs that will improve the health of underserved populations in the region.
The Roseman COM will achieve its mission to improve the health of the communities in Southern Nevada and the Intermountain West by:
- Educating competent, caring, and ethical physicians from diverse backgrounds, with a focus on primary care and other needed specialties;
- Conducting biomedical, translational, and clinical research that advances solutions to the healthcare needs of the communities that Roseman serves; and
- Providing quality patient-centered care, education, and service to partner communities.
Roseman will develop clinical practices, offering inter-professional opportunities for our medical, pharmacy, nursing, and dental students. Medical students may also serve at healthcare delivery sites throughout the region that treat all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. Partnerships with nonprofit organizations, healthcare providers and primary care physicians will further enable Roseman medical students to serve the community and residents in need. This component of our curriculum will emphasize the importance of our community in the learning of our medical students.
A 21st Century College of Medicine
Building. Forming. Creating. An extraordinary chance to build a 21st century curriculum for tomorrow’s physicians, to make a lasting imprint on a community and to impact the healthcare landscape. Patients are always at the center of it all.
While lecturing at Harvard Medical School in the fall of 1926, Dr. Francis Weld Peabody (1881-1927) stated, “one of the essential qualities of the clinician is interest in humanity, for the secret of the care of the patient is caring for the patient.” Nearly a century later, those words are no less true.
Roseman University’s College of Medicine students will be taught the importance of caring for each patient to ensure optimal health outcomes for each individual and for the communities they serve as a whole.
The Need for Physicians
In 2019, the population of Nevada topped 3 million people, and by 2035, that number is expected to grow by another 500,000. Moreover, by 2060, nearly one in four Americans will be considered an “older adult,” age 65 and older, a population that already accounts for over 15% of Nevada residents. With advancing age comes increased risk for diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, and mental health issues.
Yet, right now – even if no one else ever moved to our state, aged a day, or developed a chronic condition – there are not enough doctors here to care for everyone.
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, in 2017, Nevada ranked 47th in the country in the number of physicians per 100,000 people and 48th in the number of primary care physicians per 100,000 people. The percentage of medical school graduates from Nevada who practice primary care here is in the bottom half of the national rankings.
The number of “Health Professional Shortage Areas” peaks at over 7,000 in the state, and all 17 counties in Nevada report some type of shortage designation. Right now, there are only 1,428 primary care physicians practicing in the state. To meet the needs of the growing population, an additional 1,113 will be needed by 2030.