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University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

A match made in medical school

 • Medical school forges a bond of commonality where relationships are often a natural outgrowth for many medical students. For two med students in particular, volunteering at University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Student Outreach Clinics brought them closer than they ever could have imagined.

Project Medical Education

 • Medical schools like the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR Med) are classified as community-based. That label doesn’t come close to describing the critical importance we place on being fully-engaged with our community, and finding many different approaches to support that engagement. One of those approaches is Project Medical Education (PME).

Nevada elected officials and community leaders are medical students for a day at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine  

 • State legislators, city officials, CEOs and community leaders learned firsthand today what it takes to become a doctor when they experienced four years of medical school in one day! From a human heart dissection, to learning how to suture, participating in medical simulation labs and research meetings, the group had a full-on immersion into a day in the life of a medical student.

Reflections from the Dean: Understanding the important work of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory

 • Most of you probably know little about the work of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory (NSPHL). You should, because the lab scientists and technicians are literally working around the clock to protect you and all Nevadans from a wide range of potential infections, food-borne illness, and unsafe water, as well as providing emergency response to biological and chemical terrorism, and testing every Nevada baby for more than 30 hereditary diseases.

A tribute to our Nevada Medicine Weekly editor, colleague and friend, Roseann Langlois

 • On December 26, our beloved UNR Med Advancement and Engagement Content Marketing Manager, Roseann Langlois, suffered a brain aneurysm and passed away unexpectedly.It is a tragedy to be writing these words. For Roseann, our colleague and teammate, and for me, our jobs revolve around words. A million words cannot bring her back. Words seem so feeble in moments like these. The passing of one of our most lively and fit colleagues is illogical. It is a tragedy, but also an honor to share this tribute to Roseann - our colleague and friend, a mother, daughter, sister, fitness teacher, healthy lifestyle advocate, LGBTQIA ally, public relations student mentor, shelter volunteer, and so much more.

Reflections from the Dean: A toast to the next 50 years of UNR Med!

 • As 2019 comes to a close, the memories still linger of so many milestones and markers of success for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. We celebrated our 50th anniversary, the unveiling of our clinical practice plan University Health, the continued growth of our educational programs, successful competition for several major research and training grants and the expansion of our clinical footprint. All of these examples contribute to the community’s growing need for health care, the expansion of medical education and our training pipeline and new community partnerships.

University Health Internal Medicine Multispecialty Care opens its doors

 • Residents, physicians, faculty, administrators, medical assistants and staff gathered at 8 a.m., Monday, Nov. 25, to witness UNR Med history in the making: the grand opening of University Health Internal Medicine Multispecialty Care at 6130 Plumas St., in Reno.

Reflections from the Dean: Announcing University Health

 • Welcome to a new era and a new strategic priority for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. I am proud to announce the launch of University Health, the clinical arm of UNR Med. While we have always managed small clinical practices in support of our teaching mission, we are now developing a higher profile as a community-based source of primary care, with a new brand, new offices and a new commitment to outstanding patient-centered care.

UNR Med announces University Health as new name of clinical practice

 • The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) is expanding its clinical enterprise to improve access to quality care for Nevadans while enhancing medical education. As part of its clinical expansion into the northern Nevada community, UNR Med has launched a new clinical practice under the name, University Health. The practice was formerly known as Integrated Clinical Services (ICS) Practice Plan.

New York Times best-selling author, Adam Alter keynotes the 2019 University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Healthy Nevada Speaker Series

 • More than 700 northern Nevadans heard how our dependency on our devices is literally consuming much of our lives from New York Times best-selling author Adam Alter, Ph.D. Alter, a psychologist and researcher, was the featured keynote speaker at tonight's University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine 2019 Healthy Nevada Speaker Series.

Rural Health Day addresses challenges, solutions for rural access to care

 • The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Office of Statewide Initiatives, Nevada State Office of Rural Health and Nevada Rural Hospital Partners hosted CEOs and clinicians from nearly 15 rural Nevada communities at a Rural Health Day event today to address the challenges and solutions to the statewide shortage of primary care doctors and specialists. The health care leaders discussed ways to reduce the disparities in rural access to care.

Addictive tech is taking over our lives. Here’s how to push back

 • Ten years ago, the average person could look at a photo and concentrate for 12 seconds. Today, our attention span has dropped to eight seconds. A goldfish can focus for nine. What gives? Professor, researcher and New York Times bestselling author Adam Alter, Ph.D., attributes our shrinking attention span to the advent of so-called addictive tech items like the iPhone and iPad (items that are-not coincidentally-prohibited in the homes of the same innovators who brought them to market).

Researchers pose for photo from two UNR Med laboratories who are University’s first to participate in program that helps deliver discoveries to the marketplace.

Cell lines and antibody commercialized through reagent licensing program

 • The University of Nevada, Reno has partnered with the Boston-based reagent company Kerafast to help scientists worldwide gain access to the research tools developed in the University’s laboratories. The program streamlines the process of transferring biomaterials among different research institutions, furthering the materials’ contribution to scientific progress.

Dr. Lorrel Toft named to cardiovascular clinical faculty appointments in partnership between UNR Med and Carson Tahoe Health

 • Following a collaborative recruitment between the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Carson Tahoe Health, Lorrel Toft, M.D., F.A.C.C., a cardiovascular critical care physician and researcher, has been recruited as an associate professor for UNR Med’s Department of Internal Medicine as well as a cardiologist on staff with Carson Tahoe Health.

Reflections from the Dean: The regenerative power of teacher-learner relationships

 • We have a crisis in medicine and medical education. We see seemingly daily reports on the deteriorating state of the mental health and well-being of medical students, residents and physicians. There is much we don't know, and much we could criticize about the general state of research in this field, but the data are clear that something serious is threatening the fundamental values of the medical profession.

UNR Med receives $7 million NIH grant award to fund new National Center for Translational Research in Reproduction and Infertility

 • A research team at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med), under the direction of Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D., AAAS Fellow, department of physiology and cell biology, received a $7 million grant award from the Fertility and Infertility Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The grant will fund a new National Center for Translational Research in Reproduction and Infertility (NCTRI), making UNR Med one of only eight centers in the country and the first such center to focus on sperm epigenomics.

What is unaddressed trauma and how does it affect us?

 • Most people have had traumatic experiences that impact who they are and how they respond to their lives. And, most people do fine in life without addressing these traumas with professionals. Losses due to death or relationships ending for any reason, natural disasters, betrayals, assaults, murders, shootings, intentional and accidental traumas all are impactful and shape who we are as people.

UNR Med announces Rural Outreach Clinic

 • Northern Nevadans who are uninsured, underinsured or without a social security number can receive free medical care this Saturday, September 21 at an upcoming University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Rural Outreach Clinic in Yerington, Nevada. UNR Med offers free clinics in a continuing effort to assist the region's medically uninsured with needed health care services.

UNR Med’s Sanford Center for Aging launches ICECAP Nevada to build capacity in geriatrics care

 • The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Sanford Center for Aging received a five-year, $3.2 million federal grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, to provide primary care professionals training and other resources to assist with addressing the complex needs of older Nevadans.

Reflections from the Dean: 2019 State of the School Address

 • By the time you read this, I will have had the privilege of delivering my 9th State of the School Address on Sept. 9 at the Basin Street Club in Mackay Stadium. The achievements I highlighted that night—and the programs to which we have committed for our future—represent our past, present and future choices.

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