Monday, May 20, 2013

Medical School

Medical education in Nevada has been a contentious issue for forty years.  People are constantly choosing up sides to see which area of the state or which group or groups in those areas are best suited to develop Nevada’s medical education system.  The discussions have all been pre-mature, and in no way relevant to develop and reach a plan that works.  Before any structural program can be developed, the sources for funding those programs must be examined.  Medical schools cost a fortune to build and a fortune to operate.  At the moment Nevada has neither.  Medical schools are built from the top down.  Without a major donor, the possibility of a medical school becoming a major medical education provider is impossible.  I give you the following examples of the individual gifts to medical schools that were essential to build the schools.  The donations to the University of Nevada medical school for more than $1,000,000 have been few and far between.  You can count them on one hand.  We better take first things first.  Where do we get the money?

Weill Medical College of Cornell U. (NY)                                                $250 million
Univ. of Pennsylvania, Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Med.    $225 million
Mount Sinai School of Medicine (NY)                                                      $150 million
Brown U., Warren Alpert Foundation (Providence, R.I.)                          $100 million
Univ. of Calif., Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine                $100 million
Univ. of Calif., San Francisco Children’s Hospital                                    $100 million
Univ. of Texas Southwestern Med. Ctr., Southwestern Med. Fdn.            $100 million
Western Michigan U. (Kalamazoo)                                                           $100 million
Georgetown University (Washington D.C.)                                                 $87 million
Univ. of Calif., San Diego                                                                            $75 million

1 comment:

  1. Put out a call for the folks who raised the funds at the schools listed. Make them an offer they can't refuse, have specific goals and let them go to work.