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MountainView Hospital Celebrates Inaugural Class of Resident Physicians with White Coat Ceremony


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 fall 2016.

“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.

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