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University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

A New Oath: Caring for Our Patients—and Ourselves

 • Each May, the hooding ceremony marks the completion of four years of medical education for students at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med), and institutions across the country. As they cross the threshold to becoming physicians, graduating medical students take an oath and join generations of doctors who have recited these words upon their graduation.

UNR Med Ranks In Top 100 For NIH Research Funds For 2021

 • The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine ranked in the top 100 schools based on research funding received by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2021. In addition, the departments of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Microbiology all ranked in the top 100 of their respective fields.

Thomas Graf, M.D., Appointed Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs

 • Thomas R. Graf, M.D., FAAFP, a founding member of the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations and former senior vice president of Ascension Medical Group, is the new senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

UNR Med announces free Outreach Clinics for the region’s medically uninsured

 • Northern Nevadans who are uninsured, underinsured or without a social security number can receive free medical care at upcoming University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Student Outreach Clinics, December 2021 through March 2022, at its new clinical location on Moana Lane in Reno.Rural Outreach Clinics will also be offered in Yerington, Lovelock, and Silver Springs, Nevada. UNR Med offers the free clinics in a continuing effort to assist the region's medically uninsured with needed health care services.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine 2021 State of the School

 • UNR Med Acting Dean, Melissa Piasecki, M.D., delivers a video message that highlights the School of Medicine achievements, innovations and faculty accomplishments over the past year and a look ahead, which includes a national search for a new dean. She introduces faculty, staff and learners who are among the many people at UNR Med advancing the school’s mission of improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in medical education, research, diversity, equity and inclusion, and clinical care through UNR Med’s affiliation with Renown Health. Additionally, the School of Medicine’s COVID-19 state and community response and outreach are featured.

UNR Med announces free Outreach Clinics for the region’s medically uninsured

 • Northern Nevadans who are uninsured, underinsured or without a social security number can receive free medical care at upcoming University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Student Outreach Clinics at a new clinical location on Moana Lane in Reno.Two rural Outreach Clinics will be offered in Lovelock and Silver Springs, Nevada in November and December. UNR Med offers the free clinics in a continuing effort to assist the region's medically uninsured with needed health care services.

Melissa Piasecki, M.D., longtime executive associate dean, named as acting dean for University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

 • University of Nevada, Reno President Brian Sandoval announced that Melissa Piasecki, M.D., a longtime member of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) senior leadership team and professor of psychiatry, was recruited to the role of acting dean at UNR Med. With this appointment, she will also serve as the Chief Academic Officer for Renown Health under the recently-formalized affiliation agreement between UNR Med and Renown, effective September 1, 2021. As acting dean, Piasecki will provide leadership continuity following the retirement of Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., who served as dean for 10 years before stepping down on August 31.

UNR Med Announces Free Outreach Clinics

 • Northern Nevadans who are uninsured, underinsured or without a social security number can receive free medical care at upcoming University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Student Outreach Clinics and Rural Outreach Clinics, in Lovelock and Yerington, Nevada. UNR Med offers the free clinics in a continuing effort to assist the region's medically uninsured with needed health care services.

Rural health care perspectives from a graduating PA student

 • The rural town of Winnemucca, Nevada is located 165 miles northeast of Reno, nestled next to the Humboldt River. Known as Nevada's "friendliest town," Winnemucca's primary employers include the mines and the school district. You can't go far without noticing the area's Basque influence or the beauty of the cowboy lifestyle. The main road is full of quaint shops and family-run businesses; it has that quintessential small town charm, where everyone knows everybody else, and they genuinely care about their community and its residents.

Anthem Funds Initiative to Address Nevada’s Physician Shortage, Support Nevada’s Diverse Pre-Med Students and Promote Health Equity

 • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Nevada's Medicaid health plan has committed $75,000 to fund a new University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) initiative called See It To Be It. This initiative will connect aspiring physicians from populations that are underrepresented in medicine and from medically underserved communities with medical students and physicians from similar backgrounds. By supporting pre-med students as they navigate the medical school admissions process, the program will support UNR Med and Anthem's shared commitment to preparing a diverse workforce of physicians. In turn, a more diverse medical workforce will be positioned to deliver more equitable health care services to multicultural and socioeconomically diverse populations, as well as to medically underserved communities.

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