Living in Las Vegas

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Internal medicine residents enjoy a day of hiking at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area located only 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. Red Rock Canyon features more than 30 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas and breathtaking scenery. Other state and national parks within easy reach from Las Vegas include Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, which offers skiing and snowboarding during winter months.

The cost of living in Las Vegas is very reasonable, and the absence of state or city tax, very welcome. Many residents have purchased homes here in town, but rent is likewise very affordable. In fact, in recent years many of the program's graduates have chosen to stay and make Las Vegas their homes.

There are apartment complexes available within a 10-15 minute walk from University Medical Center (UMC) hospital, though most residents choose to make their home either west of UMC in Summerlin, or in Henderson, NV to the east. Las Vegas also has an excellent public library system.


Contrary to popular belief, Las Vegas enjoys mild to moderate climates for three-quarters of the year, culminating in winter months that are warmer than in most states. It will, of course, get hot in Las Vegas during the summer. Humidity is at a minimum, however, allowing for dry heat to which you will readily acclimatize. Rest assured that all our training locations and facilities are adequately climate controlled at all times. Rainfall is uncommon, with approximately only four to five inches annually as the norm.