Saturday, November 1, 2014

Roseman University Plans College of Medicine in Summerlin

Henderson-based Roseman University of Health Sciences has bold plans for Summerlin. To address the region’s ongoing physician shortage and to enhance the quality of health care throughout Southern Nevada, Roseman is developing a medical school to be housed at the Ralph & Betty Engelstad Research Building on the site of the former Nevada Cancer Institute, now Roseman University’s Summerlin Campus. Roseman’s College of Medicine will be an allopathic school, meaning it will offer the M.D. degree.

“We are very proud of what we’re creating in Summerlin,” said Roseman President Renee Coffman. “We have been conducting groundbreaking medical research in the building for several years to lay the foundation for Roseman’s College of Medicine and now, in collaboration with our partners throughout the valley, we are well on our way to reaching our goal of enrolling our first class of medical students in fall 2017.”

Under the leadership of Founding Dean Mark Penn, MD, MBA, the College of Medicine is currently hiring administrators and faculty and solidifying clinical training opportunities for students as it works through the accreditation process with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting body for U.S. medical schools.

“We envision creating a College of Medicine that is recognized for excellence in education, research and patient care,” said Penn. “It is a tremendous endeavor to ensure we have the right plan, hire the best people, and to make sure each and every brick of the foundation is laid correctly. Focusing on outcomes, and being responsive and accountable, are all part of what it will take to make it a success, and Roseman University is fully committed.”

Success in creating high-demand, high-quality programs to train health professionals is not new for the private, non-profit university. Roseman was founded in 1999 as the Nevada College of Pharmacy, the first and only pharmacy program in the state. Over the past 15 years, the university has experienced sustained growth, expanding beyond pharmacy and adding programs in nursing, pre- and post-doctoral dental medicine, health care business and research.

“As a non-profit institution that doesn’t rely on state funding, Roseman University is extremely thoughtful in how we plan and invest in future programs by examining the needs of our community and carefully analyzing resources and sustainability,” said Coffman. “The College of Medicine has the potential to transform Southern Nevada, positively impacting the quality of life and economic vitality of our region.”

For more information about Roseman University of Health Sciences and the College of Medicine, visit