MountainView Hospital Obstetrics & Gynecology Program Receives Accreditation

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Las Vegas, NV
April 25, 2016 — MountainView Hospital announced today it received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to start an Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN) Residency Program, a four-year residency program for 16 residents.

The MountainView Hospital / University of Nevada School of Medicine OB-GYN Residency Program will have four positions available the first year. Interviews for OB-GYN residents, post-graduate year 1 (PGY-1) will begin October 2016, with the first OB-GYN residents beginning July 2017. This accreditation brings the total number of residency positions available at the hospital, among its accredited graduate programs, to 104 positions.

The start of the OB-GYN residents coincides with the expansion of MountainView Hospital’s Women’s Services Department, as part of a larger $90 million, multi-phase campus expansion. The Women’s Services Department expansion will increase the number of Labor & Delivery beds to 12 and increase the number of Post-Partum beds to 32. With the expansion, MountainView will open a 24-bed Level III NICU to serve the community and our youngest patients.

“We have seen tremendous growth in our Women’s Services Department as women are choosing MountainView for their delivery and specialty care,” Chris Mowan, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer said. “With the recent launch of our Laborist Program, which provides 24-hour in-patient coverage, practicing the latest in evidence-based medicine, coupled with the establishment of an OB-GYN residency program, we continue to raise the level of care given to our patients.”

“MountainView has a robust Women’s Service department, offering a wide variety of services and procedures,” said Dr. Siri Kjos, OB-GYN Program Director. “By establishing an OB-GYN residency program, we will be helping to train the next generation of physicians.”

ACGME is a private, non-profit organization that evaluates and accredits graduate medical education (GME) programs. Specialized training in OB-GYN GME residency programs takes place over a four-year period. ResidencyMountainView-dusk is the final phase of a long educational process, required for a physician to practice medicine, and is most influential in determining where a physician eventually practices.

The OB-GYN Residency Program accreditation marks another important milestone for MountainView Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education department and is the third accreditation for a residency program received by the hospital. MountainView Hospital announced in early April that it received accreditation for its General Surgery Residency program, accredited for 28 positions, with residents starting summer 2016.

MountainView also received accreditation for its Internal Medicine Residency program and 60 Internal Medicine resident positions. MountainView recently announced the inaugural class of 20 PGY-1 and 20 PGY-2 (post-graduate year 2) Internal Medicine Residents to begin July 2016.

As part of the Graduate Medical Education program, a Clinical Research Department is being established to support the GME programs and bring in the most recent clinical research to the Las Vegas community.

About MountainView Hospital:
MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas, one of the fastest growing areas in the Valley. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital (MVH) is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996. MountainView is also committed to training the next generation of physicians through its Graduate Medical Education program. MountainView is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery, urgent care and diagnostic imaging centers offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services. @MountainViewLV

MountainView Hospital
3100 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128



Nevada’s Graduating Medical Students Matched To Residency Programs

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Kaleb Wartgow was one of the nearly 30,000 medical students in the U.S. matched to residency programs at hospitals around the country.

But Wartgow, 28, from the 2016 graduating class of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, is likely just one of a few absolutely sure he wants to someday practice family medicine in rural Nevada.

Read more in the Reno Gazette-Journal.

UMC, School Of Medicine Awarded Prestigious Surgical Robot Grant

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Robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery significantly improves outcomes for patients

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – University Medical Center and the University of Nevada School of Medicine’s Departments of Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology were recently awarded a simulator grant by Intuitive Surgical for the advancement of robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery.

Surgical robotic technology allows patients to have shorter recovery times, less scarring and improved outcomes over more traditional procedures. UMC is one of the only hospitals in Nevada with this breakthrough surgical technology.

The School of Medicine’s Shawn Tsuda, M.D. and Heidi Ryan, M.D. (Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery), Nadia Gomez, M.D. (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology), Ovunc Bardiocioglu, M.D. (Division of Colorectal Surgery), and Randy St. Hill, M.D. (Division of Surgical Oncology) submitted three distinct research proposals that will utilize the da Vinci Xi surgical console, the “command center” of a robotic surgical system.

The da Vinci co-pilot robotic console and simulator will be housed inside UMC’s operating suites. UMC was the first hospital in Nevada to acquire the da Vinci Xi surgical robot, the most advanced robotic surgical system available today.

“UMC’s new surgical robotic technology builds on our reputation of providing the highest level of care in Nevada. The da Vinci xi offers broad capabilities and can benefit urology, gynecology and general surgery patients,” said Mason VanHouweling, UMC CEO. “As the premier academic medical center in Nevada, this grant will allow School of Medicine residents the opportunity to train directly alongside world renowned surgeons.”

More than 50 academic institutions applied for the grant, of which only five were selected by a rigorous, multi-step process by researchers in the field of virtual reality simulation and training.

“This was an extremely competitive process, with many top institutions choosing to participate,” said Myriam Curet, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer at Intuitive Surgical. “Through these grants, we are positively impacting surgical robotics training and offering surgical residents and community surgeons the opportunity to hone their robotic-assisted surgical skills.”

The virtual reality Skills Simulator™ will improve the training of residents in a safe environment, much as is done in aviation with co-piloting and sophisticated computerized simulations.

“As the da Vinci Surgical Systems emerge on the forefront of minimally invasive surgery, validation of safe training curricula for residents, fellows, and practicing surgeons will have to be sought with careful, scientific rigor,” said Tsuda, associate professor of surgery at the School of Medicine. “This grant enables forward-looking programs to develop best-practices for integrating robotics into surgical training.”

“Research suggests that surgeons who train using virtual-reality simulation technology improve their skills and efficiency,” continued Curet. “The goal of this program is for the skills surgeons develop during simulation practice to translate to actual surgery and improved patient outcomes in robotic-assisted surgery.”

Media is welcome to tour UMC’s surgical robotic suite to observe how this state-of-the-art technology raises the bar of traditional procedures allowing for new technology to improve outcomes.

Read more at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Estate Gift To Help Medical Students For Years

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In appreciation for his daughter’s education at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, the late George H. Bourget made provisions in his estate to establish the George H. Bourget Endowed Scholarship for Medical Students through a $2.9 million planned gift.  Bourget’s daughter, Judy Bourget, M.D.’90, is a School of Medicine graduate and maintains a practice in Southern California. She too benefited from the generosity of medical school philanthropists.

Read more at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.