Fall 2015
News and Notes

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Japanese delegation

Delegation Visits to Explore Collaboration

The University of Nevada School of Medicine hosted a delegation from Tokyo Medical and Dental University for visits to the Reno and Las Vegas campuses this May with the purpose of exploring the potential collaboration in research and training between the two schools.

The delegation was hosted by Melissa Piasecki, M.D., executive associate dean and Hidenobu Shigemitsu, M.D., chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine. Photo by David O. Perez.


Students Tour Sim Center, UMC

The School of Medicine hosted two tours at the Simulation Center this spring for students from East Career and Technical Academy and Northwest Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas. Approximately 40 students, seniors in high school and part of the biomedical magnet program at their respective schools, attended each tour, where the overall purpose was to see technology used to teach and train nurses, physicians and residents.

Resident Research Days Winners

Congratulations to the following residents for their placements at the annual Resident Research Days competitions. In Las Vegas: Megumi Akayama, M.D., took first place in the research category; Rachel Weber, M.D., took second place; and Paul Chestovich, M.D., took third place. In the clinical vignette category, Alessandra Correnti-Guiner, M.D., placed first; Pannaga Malalur, M.D., placed second; and Simran Kaur Matta, M.D., placed third. In Reno, the research award went to Matt Larsen, D.O., while Vladislav Afanasevich, M.D., took first place in the clinical vignette category and Darren Lucas, M.D., took second.

Scientists Promote Partnerships

Researchers from throughout the western U.S. gathered at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in June to explore health issues unique to the west at the second annual meeting of the Mountain West IDeA Clinical and Translational Research-Infrastructure Network. The network is a result of a five-year, $20 million grant supported by the National Institutes of Health through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The School of Medicine and UNLV are among the 13 partner universities in the Mountain West Research Consortium that are participating in the scientific presentations and sessions at the annual meeting with the goal of accelerating scientific discovery through successful grant applications to fund discoveries that improve health in the region.

AHEC Moves in Reno; is Established in Las Vegas

The High Sierra Health Education Center has moved to its new location, at 1301 Cordone Avenue, Suite LL40 in Reno. The new office is conveniently located within a non-profit/local business co-op coalition consisting of National Hispanic Services, Sierra Association of Foster Families, Foods for Kids, Inc., Friends of Washoe County, Communities in Schools, Love Speak and Rise Academy for Adult Achievement. The School of Medicine partnered with Vegas PBS to launch the Desert Meadows Area Health Education Center to recruit and retrain health care providers and promote health and wellness. Cary Huddleston is the workforce training and economic development coordinator.

New Equipment May Accelerate Research Discovery

Iain L. O. Buxton, Pharm.D., pharmacology chair, has been awarded one of several Acquisition of Institutional and Research Equipment grants by the University of Nevada, Reno to support the vision of therapeutic discovery on campus. With the $80,000 grant, Buxton purchased certified equipment that was installed in the Mick Hitchcock, Ph.D. Nevada Proteomics Center this spring. Buxton expects that the new equipment, which is available to scientists on- and off-campus, will help promote translational research discovery in northern Nevada.

Faculty Development Launches at MountainView

Under an agreement signed last December, MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas and the medical school are collaborating to establish new graduate medical education residency programs at the hospital. MountainView Hospital leadership asked the School of Medicine to provide an initial faculty development series targeted to the core MountainView Hospital faculty who will teach internal medicine and surgery residents in the new programs being developed. School of Medicine leaders Jennifer Hagen, M.D.'93, and Miriam Bar-on, M.D., created a four-part, Phase I faculty development program on foundational principles of graduate medical education and adult education that was presented this spring and summer. Topics covered included a definition of graduate medical education, how it is regulated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education with education and patient safety as the core principles, adult learning, effective teaching, providing feedback, milestones and learning objectives of graduate medical education.

Las Vegas Medical Library Relocates

The School of Medicine's Las Vegas campus library is open at its new location at 1701 West Charleston Boulevard on the first floor. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The new location boasts large study areas, two group study rooms, a computer lab and an area for quiet study.