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What makes us special: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., discusses what distinguishes School of Medicine physicians as medical doctors who offer excellent patient care while educating the next generation of physicians.

I am pleased to welcome you to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Whether you visit our campus in person or virtually through our website, we hope you leave with a better appreciation of our outstanding faculty and staff members and our dedication to the mission of improving health and health care in Nevada. We want to share with you our enthusiasm, commitment to excellence and sense of adventure that influence our work every day.

Our School of Medicine is proud to offer an exceptional educational value. We are ranked at the very top of all medical schools in our graduates' rating of the quality of their educational experiences, at 96.9 percent overall satisfaction. We also rank at the top for student experiences in our primary care clinical clerkships, while maintaining average debt loads among the lowest of all medical students in the U.S. We are highly ranked nationally in educating primary care physicians and in the diversity of our students and trainees.

We are pleased to have attracted some of the nation's most accomplished educators, clinicians and investigators who are advancing medical teaching and learning as well as health care in Nevada and beyond.

We place among much larger institutions in NIH awards per faculty member. The School of Medicine's Statewide Initiatives office is home to technology-enhanced outreach such as Project ECHO Nevada and the Nevada Geriatric Education Center. Our community outreach is making a real difference in the lives of patients who otherwise would not have access to health care services.

The practice of medicine is possibly unique in its integration of the highest levels of both science and humanitarian aspirations. Academic medicine adds the additional challenges and satisfactions of scientific investigation and training the next generation of physicians. We share those satisfactions and embrace the challenges. I invite you to learn about us and our work in serving the great state of Nevada!

Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.
Professor of Family Medicine
Dean, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Vice-president, Division of Health Sciences