Las Vegas, NV — The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium based at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center, welcomed its new class of residents June 24th. The GME program at Southern Hills continues to grow, last year Southern Hills added a psychiatry residency and gastroenterology fellowship, this year the hospital added a neurology residency.

“We know there is a shortage of physicians here in Nevada,” said Alexis Mussi Chief Executive Officer of Southern Hills and Medical Center. “At Southern Hills we believe in creating an environment that not only prepares our residents for a future in medicine, but a future in medicine right here in our state.”

Of the 31 new residents based at Southern Hills, three will partake in the inaugural neurology residency, eight will be part of the family medicine program, 13 will be joining the transitional year program, and four will be a part of the psychiatry residency. Three additional residents will being in August for the gastroenterology fellowship.

Wednesday, all the new residents with the exception of the gastroenterology fellowship, received their white coat. The white coat ceremony is a tradition to welcome new residents to the facility and present them with their first long physician’s coat. The symbol of the white coat is a promise that its wearer has made to each and every patient whom he or she encounters: the promise to heal and to care.

The neurology, family medicine, psychiatry and transitional year residents will officially begin in July. The Gastroenterology fellowship will start in August.