LAS VEGAS (AP) – The University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine has been fully accredited in the United States. The administrators of the campus and state universities were announced on Friday.
Recognition by the Medical Education Liaison Committee completed a process that began in 2016 before the student charter class arrived at the school in July 2017. These students are expected to graduate in May.
Keith Whitfield, President of UNLV, called the accreditation a testament to faculty, staff and “exceptional future physicians who work to improve health care in Southern Nevada.”
Mark Doubrava, chairman of the regents’ committee of the Nevada System of Higher Education, cited the efforts of the school’s first deans – doctors Barbara Atkinson, John Fildes, and Marc Kahn – to gain accreditation during times that Doubrava found challenging.
Accreditation means that the school has been determined to meet or exceed the standards for structure, function and performance. The Medical Education Liaison Committee accredits approximately 175 schools in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
The school at UNLV currently has 240 students, 150 faculty doctors, and more than 300 medical residents and fellows.
A five-story medical education building developed in partnership with Nevada Health and Bioscience Corp. is expected to be completed near downtown Las Vegas in 2022.