July Community Advisory Board meeting
Issue 5 - July 27, 2015
Making the Rounds with Planning Dean Barbara Atkinson

Friends and Colleagues,                 


I n my column in the first newsletter, I talked about the three former medical school deans who were providing consulting services, Deans   Phillip Pizzo, MD , Stanford University, Arthur Rubenstein, MBBCh, University of Pennsylvania, Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine, and Thomas Lawley, MD, Emory School of Medicine. They spent three days in late June at UNLV examining our program. This week, we received their insightful 24-page report with nine concrete recommendations for a path forward.

One key recommendation was to reexamine our mission in the community. They believe we have an important role, an experienced and excellent team, and an innovative curriculum but our mission statement doesn't adequately convey our compelling story. Is it aspirational?  


Here is our statement:

"To develop a world-class center for medical education, patient care, and research that prepares Nevada's doctors with the most innovative and technologically advanced forms of medical training while servicing the health care needs of a diverse and urban population through community partnerships."


Bold?  Compelling? Aspirational?


To help us, the deans suggested we look at the statement of the new Dell Medical School at The University of Texas, Austin. It reads:

"Revolutionize how people get and stay healthy by educating leaders who transform health care; evolving new models of person-centered, multidisciplinary care that reward value; advancing innovation from discovery to outcomes; improving health in our community as a model for the nation; and redesigning the academic health environment to better serve society."


I personally think it's a bit long and complicated but I want your feedback. What do you consider bold? Compelling? Aspirational?


We'll be working on this for the next two weeks. I am interested in hearing your suggestions. Please email your ideas to pam.udall@unlv.edu.


Best wishes,


Community Advisory Board Spotlight


Meet Michael C. Edwards, MD, FACS, a Las Vegas plastic and reconstructive surgeon in group practice with Anson, Edwards and Higgins Plastic Surgery Associates. He is the Immediate Past President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and Immediate Past President of the Clark County Medical Society. Dr. Edwards has been involved in UNLV Medicine since its inception. He's excited about the medical school. "It will help elevate medical care in this region by creating much needed graduate medical education (residencies). We [physicians] are educators at heart. UNLV Medicine will help to inspire and involve us in the teaching of young physicians who we hope will stay In Southern Nevada after their training," said Dr. Edwards.

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