Fall 2016
News and Notes

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Humboldt General Hospital resident clinic opening

From left, rural resident Samaan Sattarzadeh, M.D.; Elissa Palmer, M.D., family medicine chair in Las Vegas; Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., UNR Med dean and Jim Parrish, chief executive officer, Humboldt General Hospital cut the ribbon for the residents' clinic. Photo by Anne McMillin.

Rural Health Day Celebrated with Grand Opening

The School of Medicine celebrated Nevada Rural Health Day with the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new residents' clinic at Humboldt General Hospital in Winnemucca, Nevada late last year.

The School of Medicine Las Vegas Family Medicine Residency Program offers physicians the chance to complete the last two years of their residency training at Humboldt General Hospital while offering them the opportunity to provide primary care to underserved communities. Residents on the rural track believe practicing family medicine is a great means to community outreach and promoting a healthy Nevada.


Yan Named Foundation Professor

Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D., professor of physiology and cell biology, whose research addresses the molecular mechanism of reproduction and fertility control, was one of three professors University-wide named as a 2016 University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professor this spring.

Established in 1983 to recognize and salute University professors for their exemplary achievements, recipients are nominated by their deans and selected by a committee comprised of faculty peers and University of Nevada, Reno Foundation board members. They receive an annual stipend for three years, provided by the Foundation, to further their professional endeavors.

Internal Medicine Joins Renown Medical Group

The School of Medicine's internal medicine multispecialty clinic office at 1500 E. Second Street, Suite 302 in Reno, previously part of the school's clinical practice group, has joined Renown Medical Group. The change, effective May 1, 2016, follows the partnership agreement between the School of Medicine and Renown Health as the two organizations partner to improve the health and health care of northern Nevadans.

Residents Honored as Teachers

Congratulations to the 2016 resident recipients of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards.

To be eligible for selection for the award, residents had to be on the Resident Teaching Honor Roll two consecutive times. Cherie Singer, Ph.D., associate dean for admissions and student affairs, and Miriam Bar-on, M.D., associate dean for graduate medical education, read the student comments written about all of the eligible residents. Those residents with comments that focus on their humanism as teachers and physicians were selected.

Reno residents honored were Benjamin Hansen and Travis Walker, both with family and community medicine and in Las Vegas; Lannah Lua, obstetrics and gynecology; Lucy Won, psychiatry, and Hasanali Z. Khashwji and Krystle Tuano, both with surgery.

OB/GYN Clerkship Launches in Reno

The much-anticipated OB/GYN clerkship has arrived in Reno, offering medical students the opportunity to learn from some of the area's top physicians in the specialty, including the alumni-based medical group, Ob-Gyn Associates.

Renown Regional Medical Center is one of the program sites, providing significant teaching through Renown Medical Group - Women's Health physicians. Charles Johnson, M.D., has been named OB/GYN clerkship director.

In addition to OB/GYN, the clerkships now offered in Reno include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery.

Student Outreach Clinic Appreciation Dinner Held

The Class of 2018 board of directors for the Student Outreach Clinic held an appreciation dinner last March to thank community faculty, faculty preceptors and donors for their support of the clinic over the past year and for the previous two decades.

The Student Outreach Clinic celebrates 20 years of serving the underserved of northern Nevada this year.

Shawnice Kraeber, Class of 2018, served as physician relations officer for the clinic this year and emcee for the event held at the Wild River Grille in downtown Reno.