US-based MountainView Hospital and the University of Nevada School of Medicine are set to work together on the development of an expanded Graduate Medical Education (GME) programme.
The programme aims to increase the local supply of physicians in southern Nevada and improve patient care access for the Las Vegas community.
At MountainView Hospital, the first residency programme could begin in July 2016. A final agreement on the programme is expected before the end of 2014.
The GME programme will focus on critically needed primary care areas of internal medicine, family medicine and geriatrics, as well as general surgery, urology, neurology and selected medical and surgical subspecialities.
The partnership will work on increasing the existing GME positions in southern Nevada, from the current 233 to 380 or more, in several primary care and speciality disciplines.
The total programme size of 150 additional resident positions will be developed over a period of five years.
MountainView Hospital CEO Chris Mowan said that the hospital wants to enhance the pipeline of new physicians in the Las Vegas community.
"Offering medical students more options for their residency will keep more physicians in Nevada and assist as we continue to elevate patient care in our community," Mowan added.
The University of Nevada School of Medicine Dean Dr Thomas L. Schwenk said that the partnership is particularly notable as private hospitals have not traditionally affiliated with medical schools for large residency training programmes.
"This affiliation could lead to 50 to 60 residency and fellowship graduates each year who have a high likelihood of staying in southern Nevada and enhancing its health and health care," Schwenk added.