Fall 2016
Briefs

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Max Coppes addresses the crowd at his welcome reception

Max Coppes, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, addresses the crowd at his welcome reception. Photo by James Rutter.

New Peds Chair Welcomed

The School of Medicine and Renown Health welcomed Max Coppes, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, as the Nell J. Redfield Chair of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief, Renown Children's Hospital at a reception on June 15 in the John & Sue Dermody Children's Healing Garden at Renown Regional Medical Center.

This new position was made possible through generous philanthropic support from the Nell J. Redfield Foundation along with investments by Renown Health and the School of Medicine. The appointment represents another step in fulfilling a 2014 partnership agreement between the School of Medicine and Renown Health born from the need to significantly increase the number of physicians who train and practice in Nevada.

State's Medical Education Strengthened With Agreement

The Nevada System of Higher Education, the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas finalized an agreement this summer that will ensure Nevada's two public medical schools each has its own faculty as well as thriving clinical practices. These elements will assure high quality medical education opportunities for students statewide and also will expand patient care across the state. Nevada legislators made a significant investment in 2015 to expand the state's medical education system by providing start-up funds for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine (UNLV Medicine), additional funds for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) and $10 million toward building new graduate medical education programs.

By July 1, 2017, UNR Med's education and clinical operation will be enhanced in Reno through partnerships in order to accommodate all or most students in Reno for all four years of their medical education; previously, it was necessary for most students to go to Las Vegas to complete clinical rotations in their third and fourth years.

At the same time, UNLV Medicine is creating its own comprehensive faculty practice plan in Las Vegas and is transitioning Las Vegas-based faculty physicians, residents and fellowships to its clinical enterprise.

Continuous Institutional Assessment Office Opens

The School of Medicine's Office of Academic Affairs opened the Office of Continuous Institutional Assessment this summer to provide institution-wide data collection, assessments and reports to guide its missions. Specific projects for the office are assessment and reporting of strategic plan initiatives and specific goals, LCME accreditation monitoring and site surveys.

Following national searches, two highly qualified faculty were hired to develop this new office: Amy Smith, Ph.D., as the director of Office of Continuous Institutional Assessment and Krystle Oates, Ph.D., as the accreditation coordinator. Carolyn Brayko, strategic planning coordinator, also works in this office.