Roseman University Physician Doing the Work to Improve Access to Health Care

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Wade Vandervort

I sat side-by-side with my now 99-year-old grandmother in her recliner listening to her regale stories of patients she cared for during World War II and beyond as a naval nurse,” says Dr. Christine Quartuccio-Carran. “Her relationships, experiences and empathy are some things that still inspire me today.”

In October, the Valley Health System was accredited for a family medicine residency program, and in July, its first two 10 residents will begin their training in it as the state works toward reducing the shortage of primary care physicians serving Nevada’s growing population. Dr. Christine Quartuccio-Carran, an assistant professor at Roseman University of Medicine, is the associate program director.

Describe your medical specialty and what makes it vital for our community.

Family physicians provide comprehensive, coordinated and continuous care to patients in all life stages. We provide preventive care services, in addition to the management of acute conditions and complex disease processes. With 1 in 5 of all office visits being conducted by family physicians and practice sites more evenly distributed across the U.S. than any other specialty, we often serve as the first contact for patients accessing medical care.

When did you know you wanted to be a doctor?

As long as I can remember. I sat side-by-side with my now 99-year-old grandmother in her recliner listening to her regale stories of patients she cared for during World War II and beyond as a naval nurse. Her relationships, experiences and empathy are some things that still inspire me today.

What prompted you to stay in Las Vegas in lieu of moving out-of-state?

Knowing how underserved medicine, and primary care in particular, is here, I knew that staying in Nevada was where I could have the biggest impact. Through four years of medical school and three years of residency training, I became connected with various medical organizations and groups that have allowed me to become more rooted in our medical community and understand the issues affecting both patients and providers locally and nationally.

Nevada has a one of the highest shortages of doctors and nurses nationwide. What can be done to cure the shortfall?

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, Nevada is projected to need an increase in our primary care workforce by 77% (or 1,113 physicians) by 2030, compared with other states needing an average increase of 25.2%. One way to bridge the gap between primary care physician shortages and increasing access within our underserved community is through the expansion of graduate medical education funding for both medical schools and residencies in Nevada, which is 48th in the nation for primary care physicians per 100,000 population.

How might an overhaul of health care at the federal level affect local health care?

As with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, changes on a federal level can have both positive and negative effects locally. Some of the major issues at the forefront include access to care in the right setting and at the right time; affordability for the patient to receive high-quality, comprehensive care; and payment reform that incorporates the provider’s time, training, expertise and quality of care administered.

What is the most important part of your job?

The patient. Pursuing a career in the medical field was a way to combine my love of science and desire to help others. Through the practice of medicine, seeing the person behind the patient and knowing that I have been entrusted with a great responsibility of service, trust, advocacy and care for each person is what keeps me focused, dedicated and passionate about what I do.

What’s the best professional advice you’ve received?

Read. Read. Read. Then read some more. Keeping up to date in medicine is so important, as the medical landscape is constantly changing with new advancements.

What is the key for work-life balance?

There has been a lot of talk among the medical community about physician burnout. My personal combat for this is making sure to take time for myself, my family and my friends, in addition to pursuing professional paths I am passionate about. My greatest commodity, outside of health or other basic necessities, is my time. I make a conscious effort daily to divide my time in ways that I am fulfilled.

Do you think the role of a doctor has changed over the years?

As society changes, so must we. We are becoming more tech savvy, more informed, and as such, providers are seeing patients armed with more knowledge than ever. It is our role as providers to interpret that knowledge and the patient’s presentation, with our role transforming into one more of collaboration.

Whom do you admire?

The person whom I admire the most is also the person who inspired me to pursue a career in medicine, my 99-year-old grandmother. I was recently asked by my 4-year-old daughter why I work. I told her that being a doctor is one of the ways I use my talent, knowledge and passion to help others. I am reminded of that old saying, “Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.” My grandmother embodied this and now I strive to model this.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Apathy. One of the things I love most about being a physician is being an advocate. Advocating for my patients, my colleagues and my community is one way in which I try to make a difference. We all have some sort of talent that we can use to better ourselves and the lives of those around us — use it.

What is something that people might not know about you?

I love planning a great party for friends and family. I love putting all of the pieces together — good food, good company, good ambiance — and then relaxing and enjoying.

Do you have any advice for aspiring physicians?

See the person behind the patient. One of the greatest rewards in family medicine is the continuity of care we have with our patients. Getting to know our patients through the years, addressing barriers to care, understanding each person’s background reinforces the “why” behind what we do and helps us to better connect and provide better care for our patients.

Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Nursing Now Accepting Applications for New Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner Program

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The College of Nursing at Roseman University of Health Sciences has expanded its nursing degree offerings with the creation of a Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. The MSN/FNP is a 23-month, full-time asynchronous online program that prepares students to sit for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) certification exam required for licensure. Applications are now being accepted for enrollment in the inaugural class, slated to start in January 2020.

“Roseman University’s new MSN/FNP program is designed specifically for nurses who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and are ready to fill the growing need for highly skilled advanced practice nurses,” said Brian Oxhorn, BS, MS, PhD, Dean of the College of Nursing. “The program will offer working nurses the opportunity to work full-time, attend class online, the potential to complete clinical hours where they live, and finish their master’s degree in just under two years.”

Roseman University’s MSN/FNP program focuses on preparing nurses to deliver comprehensive healthcare for families and family members across all ages, body systems and diseases and to deliver a range of acute, chronic and preventive healthcare services. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, MSN/FNP students learn to perform advanced patient care with key job functions that include delivering immunizations, screening and diagnostic testing, prescribing appropriate medications as part of a treatment plan, as well as offering personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Roseman University College of Nursing teaches students using its Six-Point Mastery Learning Model, an education system that promotes high levels of achievement, with a focus on mastery of content. A block curriculum allows students to study full-time while maintaining a full-time job as a nurse, and incorporates evidence-based research, theory and practice with local clinical hours.

Information about the Roseman University College of Nursing’s MSN/FNP program can be found online at In addition to the new MSN/FNP program, the college offers an on-campus, 18-month Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a hybrid, online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program that can be completed in 16 to 17 months. Roseman University College of Nursing BSN and ABSN programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The College of Nursing intends to pursue initial accreditation for the MSN/FNP program through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Second Annual Roseman University Symposium Gives Public Opportunity To Learn About Local Scientific Research

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HENDERSON, Nev. – February 23, 2016 – Roseman University of Health Sciences will hold its second annual Research Symposium from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2 at its campus located at 11 Sunset Way in Henderson.

Open to the public, the event will showcase more than 50 research projects by students, residents, research fellows and faculty from Roseman’s Colleges of Pharmacy, Medicine, Dental Medicine and Nursing. The symposium will also feature research projects from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Touro University Nevada.

Research projects will be presented in poster and podium formats, covering basic sciences in areas of psychiatric drug discovery, cancer, immunology, microbiology and education research, as well as clinical sciences in areas of ambulatory care, nephrology, epidemiology, dental, and public health and surveillance research. A panel of Roseman faculty will also examine the role that inter-professional research plays in improving medical care.

“Roseman University’s Research Symposium offers the public an opportunity to learn about the amazing variety of research endeavors happening in Southern Nevada,” said Dr. Jeffery Talbot, director of Roseman University’s Research Center for Substance Abuse and Depression. “It also offers students and faculty researchers from different healthcare professions the opportunity showcase and share ideas in a celebration of collaboration in scientific discovery. Student presenters will also have the chance to win awards for the top research projects, as judged by a panel of internal and external judges.”

The event will feature a keynote presentation on translational research by Dr. Melanie Nicol, assistant professor, Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Nicol will highlight clinical pharmacology approaches to understanding the effectiveness of novel medications used to prevent HIV transmission, particularly among many vulnerable populations.

While the event is free and open to the public, registration is preferred. Visit for event information, schedule and registration.

About Roseman University of Health Sciences
Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a non-profit, private institution of higher learning training the next generation of undergraduate and graduate level health care professionals that serve, collaborate and set new standards in their communities and within their professions. With campuses in Henderson, Summerlin and South Jordan, Utah, the University is comprised of the College of Dental Medicine, offering an Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA residency and Doctor of Dental Medicine program; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing and RN to Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing; and an MBA program. Roseman University of Health Sciences will also offer a Doctor of Medicine through its College of Medicine, with the first incoming class starting in 2017. More than 2,500 Roseman graduates are caring for patients, conducting research, and engaged in public health and policy in Nevada, Utah and across the country. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.