UNLV School of Medicine Students reflect after first year of classes

(UNLV Medical School Class of 2021 Stethoscope Ceremony July 18, 2017, Courtesy of UNLV)

The inaugural class of the UNLV School of Medicine can breathe a sigh of relief now that their first year is over as of Monday.

The UNLV School of Medicine opened its doors in 2017 after building its program for many years prior. Students who were accepted into this first class were given a scholarship to attend the UNLV School of Medicine for free as long as they agreed to work in Nevada for six years afterward.

After an intricate admission process, those 60 students were selected and started class in July 2017. One of those students is Lauren Hollifield, who said she had a lot of highlights from this year.

“There’s a lot [favorite moments]… The White Coat Ceremony was one of my favorite moments. It was kind of the commencement of our career in the medical field. Also, the opportunity to volunteer with churches and things like that and then even just this past weekend was a great experience for me. I went to John Hopkins where I’ll be spending the summer, so there was a lot of great experiences.”

Another student who completed their first year is Alex Ma. Ma said he has a passion for Las Vegas and is glad he chose UNLV.
“I’m very interested in the future of this city I’ve lived here all my life,” Ma said. “I think that the school is doing some very innovative things, very new things with the curriculum and the community outreach is just unparalleled to any other school that I’ve been to.”