Nellis Air Force Base Family Medicine Residency Personal Statement

Fast Facts

Location: Nellis AFB is located in Clark County Nevada, approximately 8 miles northeast from downtown Las Vegas. "Home of the Fighter Pilot," Nellis Air Force Base is home to the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, the largest and most demanding advanced air combat training mission in the world. Nellis AFB homepage.

Cost of Living: Compared to the rest of the country, Las Vegas's cost of living is 104.50. An amount above 100 means Las Vegas is more expensive than average. The biggest factor in the cost of living difference in Las Vegas is housing. The median home price is $270,000 while the median rental price is $1,460. To check your BAH rates, please click HERE for the current BAH Calculator. The zip code for Nellis AFB is 89191.

Base Operator: 702-652-1110 or DSN 312-682-1110.

Population: There are approximately 11,000 military and 3,700 civilians who work at Nellis. In addition, 14,000 family members are stationed here. On average there are over 1,200 temporary duty (TDY) personnel each day at Nellis, and over 8,000 official visitors annually.

Area Population: Las Vegas: 587,699; Las Vegas-Paradise Metro Area: 1,954,773, North Las Vegas, NV 215,762

Child Development Centers (CDC): Three centers on base provide care for children six weeks through five years of age. Programs include full-day and hourly child care for children in both Child Development Centers. In addition, Before and After-School Kindergarten care and a Part-Day Preschool Enrichment Program are available. For more information call CDC I (702) 652-4241, CDC II (702) 652-1114 and CDC III (702) 652-5885.

Licensed Family Child Care homes are available. Call the Family Child Care office at (702) 652-4400.

Schools: Elementary school on base is run by Clark County School District. Approximately one-third of the district's elementary and middle schools operate on a year-round calendar. In addition to a comprehensive education program for kindergarten through grade 12, the district offers magnet programs geared to those students with unique interests, skills and abilities. The School Liaison Officer (SLO) is available at 702-652-3327 to assist with questions and concerns.

Youth Programs: Nellis' Youth Program offers a spectrum of services and activities for youth six to 18 years of age. The Youth Center complex provides space for sporting events. A wide variety of off-site and center-based youth and teen programs are available, as well as a complete array of youth sports and fitness activities. In addition, space for a variety of classes, social activities, child care and sporting events is available. Programs utilize curriculum from 4-H Cooperative Extension as well as Boys and Girls Club. Call 702-652-9307.

Airman and Family Readiness Center:Airman and Family Readiness Center, 702-652-3327

Housing: Visit the Air Force Housing website to find your new home with the Air Force. This website serves as a one-stop shop for Airmen and their families to obtain information about the housing options and support services available to them at Air Force bases world-wide. On Nellis AFB, Family Housing is operated by Hunt Communities.

Employment: Employment opportunities in the Las Vegas area are better than the national average as a rule. Our largest employers are in the gaming industry (hotels/casinos). Second largest area of employment is in retail sales. Clark County School District is a large employer also. For job opportunities on base, visit NAFJobs or USA Jobs. The unemployment rate in Las Vegas is 5.2%. The median household income is $54,384.

Base Services:

  • Force Support Squadron: Recreation at Nellis AFB includes arts and crafts, recreation center, golf, fitness center, tennis, swimming, outdoor activities, fishing, and stables.
  • Commissaries: 1 commissary on base, 702-632-5500
  • Exchange System: 1 large exchange, 1 mall, 1 shoppette; 702-643-3526
  • Financial Institutions on base: Armed Forces Bank, N.A. and One Nevada Credit Union
  • Nellis AFB Airman & Family Readiness Center

Medical Services: Mike O'Callaghan Military Medical Center is a 50-bed Air Force medical center providing medical care and support to maintain the combat readiness of Nellis and Creech AFB personnel. Nellis boats the Air Force’s second largest TRICARE Prime enrollment population. The facility undergoes a comprehensive survey by the Joint Commission (TJC) and is pleased to hold full accreditation status. The last TJC accreditation survey was successfully conducted in January 2018.

Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP)

FVAP.gov ensures Service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens have the tools and resources to register to vote and request an absentee ballot, regardless of their state of residence. The Voting Assistance Guide (VAG) is a reference guide for everything you need to know about absentee voting in all 50 States, territories and the District of Columbia.

Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) The Voting Assistance Guide is available at: www.fvap.gov/vao/vag. Select your state to find your local election office’s contact information.

Voting forms are available at: www.fvap.gov/eo/overview/materials/forms.

Special Messages:

You can make your own arrangements for temporary lodging by calling the Lodging Office, 702-652-2711 or DSN 312-682-2711.

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

Dorm Residents

If you have not been contacted by a sponsor within 45 days of your estimated arrival date with a dorm room assignment, please contact Nellis AFB Dorm Management at 702-652-4974 to start the process to ensure you will have a dorm room assigned upon your arrival to Nellis AFB.

Privately owned weapon registration is required for all residents of Nellis Family Housing, Fam-Camp, base dormitories, lodging facilities and government owned or operated facilities. Firearms registration is accomplished by completing an AF IMT 1314, Firearms Registration, and delivering that form to the 99th Security Forces Armory. All firearms registered to owners residing in the dormitories are required to be stored in the 99th Security Forces Armory immediately upon purchase of the firearm. When entering the installation while transporting firearms, your firearm must be unloaded, separate from the ammunition, and out of reach of any occupants.  You may transport firearms directly from your off base residence to a firing range on base, from your on base residence directly off base or to a firing range on base, from the armory directly off base or to a firing range.  You may not stop at any other location on base (i.e. BX, Shoppette, gas station, etc.) while transporting your firearm. 

If you possess a Nevada Concealed Weapon Permit or a permit from any state that Nevada recognizes, you may transport your concealed firearm on base and keep it in your vehicle for a period of not more than 24 hours so long as you go directly to your workplace parking lot, unload it, double lock it, and place it out of site from public view.  "Double locked" requires your vehicle doors to be locked and windows up, and the firearm must be locked in a compartment or with a gun lock.  You may not carry your concealed weapon on your person while on Nellis.

Special Messages:

Nellis AFB has a mandatory hands-free cell phone driving policy on base. Phones placed on speaker phone are NOT considered hands-free.


Child Care for PCS Program -- a free child care program funded by Air Force Aid Society offers up to 20 hours of free child care in on base licensed child care provider homes. Families can take advantage of this program up to 60 days inbound and also 60 days prior to outprocessing. Please contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 702-652-3327 for a free voucher and a list of child care providers.

Explore the links to the left for in-depth information.

Valley Health System to Add Eight Residency Programs

Andrew Eisen, MD, FAAP, Named Chief Academic Officer for Program
Valley Hospital has had residency program since 2006

The Valley Health System is expanding its role in Southern Nevada graduate medical education by adding eight residency programs among four hospitals. The programs include:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • and the transitional /internship year

Overseeing the addition of these programs will be Andrew Eisen, MD, FAAP, who has been named Chief Academic Officer for The Valley Health System. Dr. Eisen will begin on January 4, 2016. Karla Perez, Regional Vice President, said:

“The Valley Health System has been involved in graduate medical education since 2006, when we began our program at Valley Hospital. We have maintained a focus on primary care physicians, along with some highly-needed specialists to meet the ongoing needs of Southern Nevada residents. With the guidance of Dr. Eisen as our Chief Academic Officer, we plan to have residents in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and General Surgery ready to join us on July 1, 2017.”

The residents will be based at four other Valley Health System hospitals, including Centennial Hills, Desert Springs, Spring Valley and Summerlin hospitals. Perez said:

“It’s an exciting time to have two new medical schools opening in Southern Nevada. However, once they finish medical school, they need to continue their post-graduate training in hospitals. Our goal is to be the continuum which trains future doctors, and then recruits them to remain in the area.”

About Andrew Eisen, MD, FAAP

Dr. Eisen served as the Associate Dean for Clinical Education at Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine since 2006, after nine years teaching with the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He is currently the medical director for Touro University Nevada Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and has published and presented on a variety of topics since becoming a board-certified pediatrician in 1997.

Dr. Eisen is currently the president of the Clark County Medical Society, and served as a state assemblyman from 2012 to 2014. He was also awarded the Nicholas J. Horn Award for Public Service by the Nevada State Medical Association in 2014.

A native of Southern Nevada, Dr. Eisen graduated from Chaparral High School before earning a Bachelor of Science in Medicine and a Doctor of Medicine from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. He completed his Pediatric residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Maricopa Medical Center, and served as Chief Resident in his final year.

About Valley Hospital Graduate Medical Education

Valley Hospital established its graduate medical education program in 2006. It currently offers residencies in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Neurology and Orthopedic Surgery, and fellowships in Gastroenterology, and Pulmonary/Critical Care. In July 2015, 28 residents and fellows began their new programs. Since the GME program began in 2006, 142 residents and fellows will have graduated by September 30, 2015. Fifty-three percent opted to practice in Nevada. After leaving the program, the physicians have served in private practice, as hospitalists, in the military, or have furthered their physician education.

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