College of Medicine’s Big Week

On October 12, more than 100 business and community leaders joined Roseman University of Health Sciences and Governor Brian Sandoval on Monday for a ribbon cutting and rededication of the Flagship Building of the university’s Summerlin campus.

Governor Sandoval acknowledged Roseman’s contributions to Nevada and expressed support for the development of its College of Medicine. “Roseman University, 16 years young, saw the need for critical health care educational programs. They created a solution by providing a healthcare education infrastructure that demanded quality, compassion, and innovation. To get to this day, many sacrificed long hours, hard work, and imagination of a dream to build something great,” said Sandoval. “Not only will this campus buoy the local and regional economy with establishment of jobs, a hub of activity for learning, research and discovery, but it will continue to set Nevada on a course to improve overall health care indicators in this state. With the creation of the College of Medicine, on its path to accreditation, Roseman will provide empathic, community based physicians whose training is rooted in innovation, patient service and collaboration with other health care providers to give the patient the best possible opportunity for positive outcomes.” 

Roseman University President Renee Coffman thanked university employees and supporters for their efforts that have helped Roseman University grow and prosper. “We are proud and grateful for the hard work of many people standing here today who have worked tirelessly to make the Roseman University dream a reality. Thank you to each one of you here today who have contributed to our success to date,” she said.


The following day, Roseman University’s College of Medicine learned that it has been approved as a candidate for accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), authorizing an LCME survey visit for consideration to receive preliminary accreditation status.

“The decision by the LCME to grant Roseman’s College of Medicine a survey visit is a major step forward in the development of a non-profit, private, LCME-accredited medical school in Southern Nevada,” said Renee Coffman, PhD, president of Roseman University of Health Sciences. “I’m very proud of the hard work of the College of Medicine and Roseman University administration, faculty and staff, for preparing a solid and actionable plan that demonstrated to the LCME our readiness, thoughtfulness and preparation for the next steps in the accreditation process.”

Coffman added that the College of Medicine’s effort toward accreditation will only intensify. “We must now prepare extremely hard for the preliminary accreditation survey visit so that we validate that we can and will deliver on everything contained in our plan,” Coffman said.

Mark A. Penn, MD, MBA, founding dean of the College of Medicine, said Roseman is now another step closer to its vision to serve the community as a premier private, MD-granting medical college preparing the next generation of physicians to meet the demands and special needs of today’s patients. “Our mission is to educate competent, caring and ethical physicians from diverse backgrounds who will dedicate themselves to improving the health of communities in Southern Nevada and throughout the Intermountain West,” said Penn. “Our medical students will be prepared through Roseman’s innovative educational model focused on mastery learning, an unwavering commitment to the concept of lifelong colleagues, and values that place patients first.”

Dates for the survey visit have not yet been scheduled; however the visit is expected to take place in early 2016. The College of Medicine will be notified of the decision regarding preliminary accreditation after the June 2016 meeting of the LCME. After the College of Medicine achieves preliminary accreditation status, it will be allowed to recruit its charter class for fall 2017.

The LCME accredits complete and independent medical education programs whose students are geographically located in the United States or Canada for their education, and which are offered by universities or medical schools that are chartered and operated in the United States or Canada.  Currently, there are 144 LCME-accredited medical schools, with an additional nine working towards accreditation in the coming years. The LCME is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the authority for the accreditation of programs of medical education leading to the MD degree.