Inaugural UNLV Medical School students kick off first week of classes

Historic Las Vegas Moment: Inaugural class of UNLV School of Medicine receiving ceremonial stethoscopes. 1st day of class! 7/17/17 (Gerard Ramalho | KSNV)

A historic event took place on the campus of UNLV as the inaugural class of the new School of Medicine kicked off its first week of studies.

The 60 students who were chosen among 900 applicants, were honored with ceremonial stethoscopes that serve both symbolic and practical purposes.

UNLV President Len Jessup commented, "So many people have worked so hard for so many years to get to this day. It's unbelievable."

The medical school has been a work in progress since 2014.

Student Sierra Kraemer-Hope said she would like to stay in Las Vegas to practice because this is home.

"I would like to stay in Las Vegas to practice. This is home. This is where I grew up," she said.

All 60 students received full scholarships worth $100,000 each.

A new campus facility is currently in its design phase, and will eventually be built across from UMC. Completion is expected within a couple years.

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