Roseman focuses on community health


Roseman University, Roseman Medical Group and Roseman Dental are continuing their mission to advance the health and wellness of the community they serve by educating current and future generations of health professionals and providing medical and dental care.

“Roseman, being a not-for-profit institution for health care, we not only have licensed health professionals in pharmacy, nursing and medicine on-site but also students being trained in that way,” said Roseman University President Dr. Renee Coffman. “What lends itself to community service is being able to support the health care needs of the communities that we serve through our students. They end up being an army who go out under the auspices of our licensed health professionals (faculty) and contribute in several ways in helping the community, either with free services or services that have discounted fees.”

The pharmacy and nursing students are out at health fairs almost every weekend and sometimes during the week where they’re taking blood pressure and blood glucose readings, Coffman said. They provide health information and support to refer a patient to a health care professional because they may have been undiagnosed as a diabetic or with hypertension, Coffman said.

During the pandemic, Roseman played a key role in providing COVID-19 vaccination services at their sites in Summerlin and Henderson. The students also went out to several vaccination sites throughout the valley to help supplement the work force of Roseman partners, Coffman said.

“Roseman University runs clinics and when we launch our medical school our medical students will rotate through to provide care to patients in the valley,” Coffman said. “It’s one of those scenarios with an educational institution in which students get educated, but also provide care to the community in a very cost-effective manner. That’s a win-win-win all the way around that patients have access to medical advice, care and treatment that they may not have had.”

Roseman Medical Group, a practice that has two primary care nurse practitioners and two neurologists, is part of developing Roseman’s medical school, said Dr. Karin Esposito, a professor and senior executive dean for Academic and Student Affairs and the interim chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences for the College of Medicine.

Established in 2018, Roseman Medical Group is currently treating primary care and neurology patients with plans to expand as Roseman’s medical school develops.

“The goal is for the practice to serve as the anchor clinical practice for the medical school when we start recruiting teaching faculty and physicians,” Esposito said. “They will have that as a site to practice and deliver care and train our students in the primary care setting. We anticipate a lot of growth there and opportunities for other sites in Las Vegas. We’re really looking to deliver excellent primary care with a patient-centered model.”

Esposito said one of their priorities is to work with the community and help patients with social determinants of health. What causes people to have issues with their health or prevent them from being able to get resilience and wellness isn’t just a medical problem, she added.

“It’s also social issues they might be dealing with, whether it’s unemployment, a lack of education, a lack of transportation and a lack of finances to afford medication or even food,” Esposito said. “It’s helping people to access resources to deal with those things in addition to the medical problems that can be critical to get back to health.”

Esposito said they hope to launch an accreditation application for the medical school later this year. It’s going to be several years, however, before they’re able to recruit students, she said.

“We’re looking forward to doing that and getting started,” Esposito said. “We have a great team. Our dean, Dr. Joe Greer has a lot of experience in community-based health and addressing social determinants of health and providing household-centered care, as well as care in the clinic setting. All of those will be important to our medical education program. We have a household-centered program that’s launching called Genesis, and we’re going to start recruiting, along with partners in the community, families both in need of health care and social services.”

Dr. L. Kris Munk, associate dean for Graduate Education for the College of Dental Medicine, said Roseman has both general dentistry and orthodontic residency programs providing patient care in Southern Nevada.

In the Advanced Education in General Dentistry, Roseman has two residents each year that have graduated from dental school and are seeking one additional year of advanced education in different dental techniques. This is the fourth year of the program.

“Technology-wise, this clinic is very up to date and creates a clean welcoming environment for patients and a great place for education for our residents as well,” Munk said. “We provide a full scope of dentistry to the patients that come to us at a reduced rate. We try to provide care to underserved populations that don’t have access to dental care.”

The orthodontic residency is a three-year program with 10 residents added each year to keep a total of 30, making it one of the largest programs in the U.S., Munk said.

“One of the things this residency does that very few do is provide care for babies born with a cleft palate,” Munk said. “We’re proud of that.”

Roseman also has a new pediatric dental clinic in Summerlin that’s designed to provide care for patients for the Cure 4 The Kids Foundation childhood cancer initiative

“One of the things we discovered in our partnership when one of their children gets diagnosed with cancer, life stops and then starts to revolve on that child getting well,” Munk said. “That has stopped families’ access to dental care, and we’re trying to fill that niche by providing it right next to Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, so those cancer patients and their families have access to dental care.”

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