LAS VEGAS, NV JULY 5, 2016 — MountainView Hospital today honored its inaugural class of resident
physicians with a white coat ceremony.
The MountainView Hospital / University of Nevada School of Medicine residency
program welcomed its first class of residents in Internal Medicine and
General Surgery today.
MountainView’s inaugural class includes 52 residents, comprised of
38 internal medicine residents and 14 general surgery residents. They
were selected after the GME team conducted hundreds of interviews of medical
students from around the country.
The white coat ceremony is a tradition to welcome new residents to the
facility and present them with their first physician’s coat. The
symbol of the white coat is a promise that its wearer has made each and
every patient whom he or she encounters: the promise to heal and to care.
“This is an exciting time at MountainView Hospital, as we welcome
our first class of residents,” said Chris Mowan, MountainView Chief
Executive Officer. “This has been a tremendous journey over the
past several years, from an idea to the building of an accredited graduate
medical education program.”
MountainView’s accredited Graduate Medical Education programs include
Internal Medicine, General Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology, for
a total of 104 residency positions. Internal Medicine and General Surgery
residents began July 1, 2016, with interviews for OBGYN positions beginning
“The white coat ceremony is a symbolic event that really stands for
the transformational change MountainView Hospital and the Las Vegas healthcare
community are undertaking,” said Internal Medicine Residency Program
Director Dr. Ali Rahimi. “The growth of medical education in Southern
Nevada will serve to benefit our patients and the larger community long-term.”
“MountainView has some of the highest qualified surgeons in the state
in a wide variety of specialties. It is exciting that we are now helping
to train the next generation of surgeons,” said General Surgery
Residency Program Director Dr. Paul W. Nelson. “We will be offering
an exceptional training environment that prepares surgical residents to
practice using the highest standards.”
Nevada currently ranks 48th in the nation in the number of physicians per
capita, at 218 physicians per 100,000 of the population, according to
a 2012 study by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The national
average is 307. Historically there have not been enough residency programs
to meet the demand of medical students graduating from Nevada’s
medical schools. Providing residency programs to retain and attract new
physicians is integral to increasing the physician base in the state.