December 2016
On October 18, UNLV School of Medicine Founding Dean Barbara Atkinson, MD, received the most anticipated phone call in her two and a half years as Dean of the new medical school from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) informing her the school had received preliminary accreditation and could begin accepting applications for its charter class.

To celebrate this landmark milestone, Dean Atkinson and UNLV President Len Jessup recently gathered with more than 120 special guests to thank everyone for the important roles they each contributed to the medical school's success to date. At the gracious invitation of our hosts and donors, Sandra and Steven Hardie, community advisory board members, civic and government leaders, donors and faculty celebrated at the Hardies' home in Summerlin. President Jessup and Dean Atkinson expressed their gratitude for the countless hours, energy and resources everyone had invested to secure the school's preliminary accreditation allowing the school to receive its first class of students in 2017.

      UNLV President Jessup with Dr. Atkinson                  Preliminary Accreditation Celebration


Sandra and Steven Hardie recently created the Sandra Wells Hardie and Steven Robert Hardie Fund to provide flexible resources to the dean of the UNLV School of Medicine to invest in the medical school's educational, clinical, research and community service missions. The Hardies' gift will provide key resources to the medical school during its early start-up phase. More importantly, their investment will help ensure the UNLV School of Medicine trains more physicians for our community, builds an environment of high quality academic medicine, where physicians continually hone their skills while teaching the next generation of physicians, and patients benefit from better access and better care. 

UNLV President Jessup with Sandra and Steven Hardie

Thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Joan B. Lapan, the UNLV School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics will have more resources to ensure excellence in educating future generations of pediatricians for Southern Nevada. In memory of her late husband's lifelong commitment to children's health, Mrs. Lapan has chosen to create a permanent tribute in his memory by establishing the Joan and Dr. Joe Lapan Pediatric Endowment. In doing so, Joan has created the very first endowment to benefit the UNLV School of Medicine. Read more.

                                                          Joan and Dr. Joe Lapan                                                               

As 2016 draws to a close, please consider making a charitable gift in support of the UNLV School of Medicine. 

Top Giving Priority: UNLV School of Medicine Fund for Excellence 

The UNLV School of Medicine Fund For Excellence provides flexible resources to the UNLV School of Medicine dean to invest in the medical school's priorities and overall development. Such flexible resources are essential to the medical school, particularly as we prepare for the arrival of our charter class in July 2017.

Join the UNLV School of Medicine Dean's Circle by making a gift of $1,000 or more in 2016 to the UNLV School of Medicine Fund For Excellence or to the medical school fund of your choice. A gift of any size would be appreciated. 

Dean's Circle members will be invited to periodic Dean's Roundtable Updates with founding dean, Dr. Barbara Atkinson, and to the annual Dean's Circle reception. Our next Dean's Roundtables Updates will be held in February, so join the Dean's Circle today!

Online gifts: You can make a secure, online gift by clicking here.

Checks: You can also print out a Gift Form by clicking here and mail your gift and form to the following address:

Attention: Ms. Jeffrie L. Jones
Director of Development  UNLV School of Medicine
4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 453070
Las Vegas, NV 89154-3070

Please make checks payable to: UNLV Foundation

For Assistance: Jeffrie Jones, at 702-895-0483 or  email Jeffrie Jones 

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