Christopher DeVargas Trainees from the charter class, 2021, of the UNLV School of Medicine recite the class oath, led by Dr. Johan Bester, throughout the White Coat Event at Artemus Ham Mall, Friday Aug. 25, 2017.
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UNLV School of Medicine’s Charter Class White Coat Event Release slideshow”UNLV School of Medication’s charter class of 60 students got their white physician
coats and took their formal oath, marking their official induction to the medical occupation. Former Sen. Harry Reid, UNLV President Len Jessup and the school’s acting dean,
Shawn Gerstenberger, were on hand Friday at Artemus W. Ham Hall on the UNLV school to mark the occasion. A surprise guest made a look at the ceremony, as the medical school’s dean, Dr. Barbara Atkinson, attended to the crowd from a wheelchair onstage in an unannounced visit.”I get to see them (the trainees)develop as part of the student body, “Atkinson stated.”It’s incredible to see them growing and I’m actually delighted to be part of it. Thank you a lot for all that you do.” Atkinson missed out on the stethoscope ceremony the school had last month due to being hospitalized with unspecified medical issues. That caused the appointment of acting dean Gerstenberger. A UNLV spokesperson stated there was no timetable to when Atkinson would go back to her helm of the school of medicine. Landing a medical school at UNLV has actually been discussed for years and Reid praised all included for finally seeing it come to life. “It’s long overdue,”Reid said
.”We have a scarcity of physicians here and all the trainees are residents here, so you’ll work in areas you’re interested in and you’ll stay here
when you’re ended up. “Is this the Camelot? Is this the impossible dream? Most likely.”The primary structure of the UNLV School of Medication, prepared for West Charleston Boulevard throughout from University Medical Center
, is still a couple of years far from coming to fruition. To start the first stage, Jessup stated the school needs $111 million to $125 million, which he stated they might secure prior to completion of the year. The medical school addition will function as an important action to UNLV’s goal of attaining Tier 1 university status. Of those in attendance happy to see Atkinson onstage, none were happier than the trainees themselves, who welcomed her with a class T-shirt, which all 60 had signed. “We acknowledge that none of this would be possible without the hard
work and dedication of Dean Barbara Atkinson, “said Liz Groesbeck, president of the class of 2021. “We can all remember the time when we went to ask individuals for donations …
let’s take a moment to remember how incredibly awkward those minutes were.”Dean Atkinson did simply that however on a statewide level … None of us would be here today without Dean Atkinson. We won’t let you down.”