Office of Admissions and Student Affairs

Medical Student Handbook: Administrative Offices and Functions

The Office of Admissions and Student Affairs (ASA) is a statewide office under the direction of the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs, with locations in Reno and Las Vegas. The responsibilities of this office include all applicant and student-related activities from recruitment to graduation.

Contact Information

Cherie A. Singer, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs
Associate Professor of Pharmacology
1664 N. Virginia Street, MS 0357
Reno, NV 89557-0357
Reno: (775) 784-6063
Las Vegas: (702) 671-2202
Fax: (775) 784-6194

Office of Admissions

Coordinates processing of applications for admission to the first year medical school class and applications for transfer. The School of Medicine utilizes the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), the centralized application service of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The office compiles and maintains data regarding applications and acceptances to the School of Medicine. Advising for interested students is provided by the faculty and staff of the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs.

Student Affairs/Services

Assists medical students in professional and personal development as they become physicians. The office offers numerous activities, including new student orientation and the White Coat Ceremony; registration and verification services; the Wellness Program; career development; enrollment and coordination of a comprehensive health, disability, and life insurance programs; counseling and referral for a wide-range of emotional and physical issues; financial assistance; assistance with residency applications and conducts Medical Student Performance Evaluations (MSPEs); the National Residency Match Program; student committee support; and, graduation week activities that include the School of Medicine Academic Hooding Ceremony. The office maintains student files documenting their progress, including contain grades and evaluations. Students are encouraged to review their files regularly.

Recruitment and Educational Outreach

The Office of Recruitment and Student Affairs provides educational outreach programs beginning in elementary school and continuing through college statewide. Programs include partnerships with Nevada high schools, including School of Medicine Tours. In addition, undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in our Pre-Med Preview, an evening program designed to help undergraduates decide if a career in medicine is right for them; Pre-Med Conference and Tour, a day-long program where students can learn more about the School of Medicine; Physician Shadow Program, an opportunity for serious pre-meds to shadow a faculty or community physician in the Reno or Las Vegas area; Science Partners Course, a hands-on, inquiry-based program in partnership with local elementary schools to keep kids excited about science.

Contact Information

Ashley Sylvester
Coordinator of Undergraduate Education and Outreach Programs
1701 W. Charleston Blvd., #130
Las Vegas, NV 89102
P: (702) 671-2393
F: (702) 671-6414

Megan Almansoori M.A.
Outreach Education Coordinator
1664 N. Virginia Street, MS 0357
Reno, NV 89557-0357
Reno: (775) 682-8354
Fax: (775) 784-6194

Financial Planning

Provides guidance and support to medical students seeking financial assistance. Approximately ninety percent of the students enrolled at the School of Medicine receive some type of financial aid, including scholarships, grants and low interest loans from institutional, state and federal funds. Budgeting, application, awarding, and disbursement information is provided to students throughout the academic year. Financial aid services are provided by Leonard Walker, Assistant Director of Financial Aid. Students are asked to contact the School of Medicine office with any questions before they contact the University of Nevada, Reno's main financial aid office. Students are responsible for applying for financial aid, and should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each January.

Contact Information

Leonard Walker, M. Ed.
Assistant Director, Financial Aid
1664 N. Virginia Street, MS 0357
Reno, NV 89557-0357
P: (775) 682-8358
F: (775) 784-6194

Admissions and Student Affairs Committees

Admissions Executive Committee

This committee is responsible for decisions regarding acceptance to the School of Medicine. The committee includes medical students, medical school basic science and clinical faculty, statewide community physicians, and faculty members from UNR and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Subcommittees for delayed matriculation, early decision, and transfer admissions are appointed as needed. Consultation and staff support are provided by the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs.

Student Promotion and Conduct Committee (SPCC)

This committee is charged with overseeing the personal and professional development of the medical students at the School of Medicine. It is advisory to the Dean, the Assistant/Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs, the faculty and the students.

  • The committee shall include faculty members elected by the faculty-at-large and shall serve staggered three year terms. The faculty membership shall consist of nine faculty who are active in undergraduate medical education. Four of the faculty members shall be from basic science departments and four from the clinical departments. The ninth member may be from either the academic or administrative faculty ranks. No member shall serve more than two terms in succession. A chairperson shall be appointed by the Dean from the faculty members on the committee.
  • The Assistant/Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs, who is appointed by the Dean, shall serve as a non-voting member and shall be responsible for presenting to the committee relevant information concerning all medical students whose performance requires review.
  • The committee shall meet at the discretion of the chairperson, but no less than six times a year, and shall establish its own policies and procedures and document such in the student handbook. These are subject to approval by the Dean. The presence of a simple majority of the faculty membership constitutes a quorum.
  • The committee shall periodically review the criteria for student promotion and graduation, and shall recommend any desired changes to the faculty for approval.
  • The committee shall evaluate student progress and performance relative to these criteria and make recommendations concerning student probation, suspension, dismissal, reinstatement and related academic matters to the Dean for final approval. In making such recommendations the committee shall consider both academic and nonacademic criteria, including the subjective impression of the faculty concerning the student's ultimate ability to become a good physician. At the end of each year, this committee shall recommend to the Dean a list of students to be promoted or graduated.
  • Medical students with issues that will be discussed by the Student Promotion and Conduct Committee will be notified of the committee meeting prior to the meeting date. The notification will come from the Assistant/Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs, and will include information about the committee agenda and process.