School of Medicine receives monetary donations from community organization, estates

Gifts to be used in support of programs and scholarships

RENO, Nev. — The University of Nevada School of Medicine has received several generous gifts from the community in the last several months to support various programs and departments on campus.

The School of Medicine's Student Outreach Clinic recently received a $40,000 gift from the Redfield Foundation to help with clinic operations.

Second-year student Hong Fa Yang spearheaded the successful effort to seek additional funding for the clinic which provides free monthly medical services to the area's underserved populations while providing valuable clinical experience for medical students.

The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology received a bequest from the estate of Bill Richards, a former patient at its clinic. Tom Watterson, Ph.D., chair of the department, had treated Mr. Richards many years ago, and kept in touch with him since, but didn't know that the speech pathology and audiology program would receive this $180,000 unrestricted gift. The gift will be used to support operating and research expenses and to establish an endowed scholarship fund in Mr. Richards' name.

School of Medicine alumnus Joseph Bayless, M.D. '81, recently facilitated a gift from the estate of his friend, Kirk Fay, to benefit future medical students. The Kirk Addison Fay medical scholarship endowment, in the amount of $200,000, was established to help provide resources for medical students at the University of Nevada.

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.