Gov. Steve Sisolak on Tuesday announced funding for five programs that offer graduate medical residency education.
The $8.55 million will fund the creation of 20 residencies each year.
Sisolak said at present, Nevada produces more physicians than it has residency spaces to put them in. As a result, too many of these medical students must go out of state to complete their medical education and become licensed doctors.
He said most of those who go out of state practice where they complete their education rather than returning to Nevada. As a result, he said Nevada has just 234 licensed physicians per 100,000 residents. The national average is 285 per 100,000.
He said within six years, this graduate medical education grant funding will, “assist the state in attracting, educating and retaining more doctors for Nevada.”
The program, he said, will focus on training in high-demand specialties including pediatrics, internal medicine and oncology.
The UNR School of Medicine will receive $870,433 in funding for its pediatrics program.
The other four grants go to graduate medical education programs in Southern Nevada including more than $4.5 million to the UNLV School of Medicine for training in rheumatology and hematology/oncology.
The remaining $3 million will go to two Dignity Health programs in family and internal medicine. Dignity Health is a non-profit aligned with St. Rose Dominican and operates in Las Vegas and Henderson.