Message from the Chair

Department of Internal Medicine

The internal medicine department is an integral part of the Reno community which also reaches out to rural Nevada, by seeing patients and teaching medical students, residents and fellows. The department has strong ties and a new vision with Renown Health and the Renown Medical Group as our partners in education and patient care. The Reno Veterans Administration Hospital has been an academic partner for more than 30 years, providing invaluable training and education. The department has a strong foundation in general internal medicine with specialty services that are critical to our community. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine has a strong basic science department with increasing opportunity for collaboration in areas of research. In addition, local community physicians provide a wealth of educational opportunities for our learners. Our goal is to bring all of these elements together and collaborate towards a healthy Nevada by providing excellent patient care and by training the future physicians of our state.

The Future

The internal medicine department plans to expand the number of its general medicine faculty members by increasing educational and research opportunities for the residents. The department is addressing Nevada's physician shortage by training primary care physicians to provide care in our communities.There are particular health care needs from the community and northern Nevada that are being met by endocrinology, wellness and weight loss, but expansion of services is still crucial in working to reach our goals. Project ECHO is one example of a great program that has tremendous potential for expansion in meeting the needs of Northern Nevada physicians and patients. The development of a first class partnership of full-time faculty members with community faculty members will provide an outstanding educational opportunity for residents and students and will always be at the forefront of our goals.

Dr. John Westhoff, M.D.
Acting Chair, Internal Medicine