Issue 47 - May 31, 2016
Making the Rounds with Founding Dean Dr. Barbara Atkinson

Clark County Commission meeting
Friends and Colleagues,    

Earlier this month, we announced that the Clark County Commission unanimously adopted a resolution of intent to transfer ownership of the property at 625 Shadow Lane to the UNLV School of Medicine. The agreement now goes before the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents at its June 9-10 meeting for approval, then back to the Clark County Commissioners on June 21 for final approval.
 
This is a huge milestone as it sets the foundation for our medical school's future home and partnership with the University Medical Center; and helps to cement the transformation of the Las Vegas Medical District (LVMD). It's estimated the combined economic impact of the LVMD, along with the UNLV School of Medicine, could generate an annual economic impact of $3.6 billion and add more than 24,000 jobs to the region by 2030.
 
Our Next Steps
 
Complete the site plan: Our architect Tate, Snyder, Kimsey (TSK) of Henderson will complete a site plan for the new nine-acre parcel. The site plan will connect the nine acres to the current UNLV Shadow Lane campus that currently houses the UNLV School of Dental Medicine and the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. In the future, the two campuses may house all of UNLV's health sciences programs, with the Schools of Nursing (which already has a presence with the Simulation Center), Allied Health Sciences, and Community Health Sciences joining the medical and dental schools.
 
Build an interim medical school facility:
UNLV currently is renovating 20,000 sq. ft. on the second floor of the UNLV Dental School at its Shadow Lane campus for the medical school. It's a perfect space for our medical students until our medical education building is completed. The space consists of classrooms, laboratory rooms for virtual anatomy and histopathology, a health sciences library and computer room, student lounge, and small group study rooms.
 
Fund the new medical building : We plan to honor our first $100 million donor by naming the school after them. In addition, we continue to meet with donor(s) who share our vision to create a world-class, innovative and visionary medical school. We think the building will be between 100,000 to 150,000 sq. ft. and will cost around $100 million to build.
 
Design the new education building: Together with TSK, we selected a specialty architect, CO Architects of Los Angeles to help design our medical school's premier building. CO Architects has a lot of experience designing medical education and health sciences buildings. You can see some of their work here. We are looking forward to having the building designs so we can share them with you.
 
This is all so exciting and possible thanks to the support and work of many of you. Thank you!
 
Best wishes,
 
Barbara
Stephen Dahlem, MD PBL
Stephen Dahlem, MD, Director Case-Based Learning, UNLV School of Medicine
Problem-Based Learning at the School of Medicine
By Ed Ort
 
Forget the big lecture halls - UNLV's future doctors will begin their studies by working in groups to treat (paper) patients

Set aside those visions of medical students furiously taking notes as a professor gives an in-depth lecture on the biology and chemistry of the human body. Instead, students will learn by playing the role of doctors.  Read more .
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