Spring 2011
Facts and Figures

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Laura Rosenfield performs surgery with Jon Hazen

Third-year obstetrics and gynecology resident Laura Rosenfield, M.D., performs a surgical procedure at University Medical Center in Las Vegas under the supervision of Jon Hazen, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology and residency program director at the School of Medicine. Photo by Edgar Antonio Nunez

Center for Education and Health Services Outreach

For the past seven years, the School of Medicine's Center for Education and Health Services Outreach has conducted an annual survey of physicians completing the school's residency and fellowship programs to shed light on the future plans of exiting residents and fellows.

Key findings of the 2010 Resident Exit Survey include:

  • Overall, 58.1 percent of physicians completing School of Medicine residencies and fellowships will remain in Nevada to begin clinical practice or continue additional subspecialty training.
  • Of those beginning clinical or patient care activities, 63.7 percent will remain in the state of Nevada.
  • 81.4 percent of physicians who complete residency training in Nevada carry educational debt, while less than 19 percent have no debt.
  • The average debt of exiting resident and fellows is $128,242.
  • Although only 12.2 percent of physicians completing School of Medicine residencies and fellowships grew up in and/or graduated from Nevada high schools, more than 60 percent of those completing residency and fellowship programs remain in Nevada to practice.
  • 100 percent of native Nevadans plan to remain in Nevada to practice medicine, continue additional subspecialty training, or return to Nevada upon completion of additional residency or fellowship training in another state.
  • The estimated starting salary for primary care physicians is $168,928 compared to $202,777 for those entering medical or surgical specialties.
  • The average age of those completing School of Medicine residencies and fellowship programs is 33.7 years. Slightly more than 67 percent are male, while 32.4 percent are female.

These data suggest that despite the current economic recession, Nevada remains an attractive practice environment for physicians beginning clinical practice and patient care careers.

Source: University of Nevada School of Medicine Exiting Medical Residents 2010 Annual Survey