Thursday, March 8, 2012

Medical School

Foot dragging in the financial support of the medical school, including its refusal for so many years to expand its graduating class to be 62 in two years from the tiny 50 it has enrolled for many years, to at least 125 graduates a year like Arizona, Utah and New Mexico, has left the Nevada higher education system in a peculiar situation.  The cost of operating its medical school compared to the cost of operating the remaining eight institutions is disproportionately high, especially when one considers the limitations of the medical school. 
A plan must be adopted that makes the University of Nevada Medical School competitive with Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.  The Nevada medical school must immediately grow to graduate at least 125 but preferably 150 doctors per year.  There are many fixed costs in the operation of a medical school that will not need to expand in proportion to the number of medical students enrolled.
A second-class medical school is not good enough for anyone when those who are qualified are able to go to medical schools that give broader and better medical education.

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