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L to R: Dean Mark Penn, Roseman College of Medicine, Sen. Harry Reid and Dean Barbara Atkinson, UNLV School of Medicine at Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce
Issue 8 - August 18, 2015
Making the Rounds with Planning Dean Barbara Atkinson
Friends and Colleagues,                 

Today as I continue the discussion of the various aspects of building a new medical school, I'd like to tell you about  medical school faculty grants that support scientific research, and grants from foundations that support new programs, which generate new knowledge.
 
Medical school faculty typically apply for research grants that relate to understanding and treating human diseases from the National Institute of Health (NIH). Research faculty with established laboratories that delve into cutting-edge research submit grant applications to various branches of the NIH, including cancer research supported by the National Cancer Institute, heart research supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and several others. These applications are reviewed by groups of peer scientists and about 5 to 15 percent of these applications are funded. 
 
Although we have not yet recruited research faculty who would apply for these types of grants, we are honing in on the areas of research where we want to focus our attention. Over the next decade, we intend to build research programs in mental health, neuroscience, cancer, cardiology and orthopedics.
 
Last Friday, with help from Caleen Johnson and her team at the UNLV Foundation, we submitted a grant for $3 million to the United Health Foundation to build three new education and clinical programs: population health, bioethics and hospitality in health care. These three programs will become part of our outpatient clerkship where our faculty will supervise third year medical students and residents as they learn how to provide the best care possible to our patients.
 
Population health , an important new area, is designed to better understand how to treat large populations with diseases like diabetes, in an outpatient setting.  By reviewing patient data, we can see which methods have yielded the best results and use this learning to determine the best treatment for individual patients. Using population data to determine best practices for individual treatment is relatively new because the analysis of these large databases hasn't been available until recently. 
 
Bioethics, another area in which we requested support, will enable us to ethically analyze treatment issues, like when to begin end-of-life care and other difficult patient decisions. We are fortunate to be working with the William S. Boyd School of Law on this one. 
 
Lastly, we are working with the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration to incorporate hospitality in health care. We believe this will lead to increased patient satisfaction under our care. This is a critically important topic now for hospitals and practices as some insurance providers pay bonuses for those who have good patient satisfaction while deducting for patient dissatisfaction. It's in our best interest, both financially and philosophically, to get this right.
 
We see these three new programs as indicative of our commitment to build a cutting edge medical school today that ensures quality health care in our community for generations to come. We also intend to share our story -- the methods, results and patient outcomes -- with others. We want our work to nurture a discussion about what we collectively need to do to create and maintain exemplary medical schools and well trained, compassionate physicians.
 
Best wishes,
 
 
Barbara
Community Advisory Board Spotlight
 
Douglas (Doug) T. Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS is a successful entrepreneur, especially in the health care, technology and employment industries. Doug currently is focusing his efforts improving Southern Nevada's health care infrastructure and positioning Las Vegas to become the most globally recognized health and wellness destination. "The new UNLV School of Medicine embraces all these," says Doug. "It's going to be a world-class medical center that transforms our current health care system using the most current technology and education. It's exciting for everyone - physicians, business hospital systems, business and civic leaders, and higher education." 
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