Touro University Nevada Makes History with First College of Osteopathic Medicine Graduation

Date: May 18, 2008
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Spring Commencement Includes Largest Medical School Graduating Class in State History.

Henderson, Nevada - Touro University Nevada made health care history, as the largest medical school graduating class in Nevada history took center stage at spring commencement on Sunday, May 18. The ceremony, which took place at Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, included the university’s first-ever class of osteopathic medical school graduates, as well as master’s degree graduates in education, nursing, occupational therapy and physician assistant studies. Nevada Senator and osteopathic physician Joseph J. Heck delivered a special keynote address.

The 76 students graduating with Doctor of Osteopathy degrees from the College of Osteopathic Medicine began their studies when Touro University Nevada was established in 2004, and have seen the university grow from an empty, open warehouse structure to a thriving, state-of-the-art campus. Eighteen members of the class will remain in the state for their medical residencies – twelve at Valley Hospital, in a program developed in conjunction with Touro; and six at University Medical Center (UMC) and Sunrise Hospital as part of the University of Nevada School of Medicine’s residency programs.

“We are extremely proud of all our students, many of whom will be going on to wonderful residency programs around the country,” said Dr. Mitchell Forman, dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. “But the fact that so many outstanding new physicians will stay in state is terrific news for Nevada.”

“Nevada has consistently ranked near the bottom nationally in its ratio of physicians to population,” he continued. “It’s been well-established that a very high percentage of doctors end up practicing in the communities where they do their residencies. And even as residents, these physicians will help to address many of the health care shortages in our state.”

Touro’s spring 2008 graduating class also includes 58 students who have earned a master’s degree in education, nursing, occupational therapy or physician assistant studies. The majority of these graduates will practice in Nevada, helping to address critical needs in health care and education.

Since opening its Henderson campus in 2004, Touro University Nevada has grown into a premier Center for Health Sciences and Education, focused on serving the state by addressing professional needs and working as a community resource and partner. Touro is a private, non-profit institution.