Touro Day at the Nevada Legislature
Touro University students advocate at the Nevada state capitol.
Student and administrators from Touro University Nevada traveled to the Nevada state capitol for two days of meetings with members of the Nevada Legislature. The goal of the meetings was to discuss ways to improve Nevada’s healthcare system, which ranks in the bottom of nearly every list for patient care, education, and research.
A main focus of the discussions had to do with the need to increase residency programs in Nevada. Touro currently has a partnership with Valley Hospital Medical Center which offers 83 residency positions, but Nevada ranks among the lowest in the country for residency positions per 100,000 population. National data shows that 70% of physicians establish their medical practice within 50 miles of where they complete their residency. Therefore, by increasing the number of residencies in Nevada we will be able to increase the number of medical students who stay in the state to practice.
In addition to more than 20 individual meetings with legislators, Touro also hosted a reception for legislators and students participated in the floor sessions of the Senate and Assembly. A highlight of the trip was when the Nevada State Senate presented a formal Proclamation to Dr. Michael Harter and his wife Dr. Carol Harter, to recognize their long-standing commitment to improving higher education in Nevada.