School of Medicine announces results from annual ‘Residents Research Days’

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RENO/ LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Medical residents from the University of Nevada School of Medicine showcased their research prowess during the school's annual Resident Research Days in Reno and Las Vegas on June 3 and 5, respectively.

Prizes were awarded to residents in the following categories:

Las Vegas

  • Best Basic Science Research: Ross Stutman, M.D., first place and Laura Boomer, M.D., second place.
  • Best Clinical Science Research: J.C. Collazos, M.D., first place; Mark Burdick, D.O, second place; and Farhan Malik, M.D., third place.
  • Best Clinical Case Presented as a Poster: Wright A. Jones, M.D., first place; Angie Weiner, M.D., second place; Kimberly Dixon, M.D., third place.


  • Best Clinical Case Presented as a Poster: Vanessa Walker, D.O., first place; Khine W. Phyu, M.D., second place; and Reed W. Dopf, M.D., third place.

Residents from most of the school's clinical departments in both Reno and Las Vegas presented their research findings to a panel of judges comprised of medical school faculty members and physicians from the offices of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Thirteen presentations were made in Reno and more than two dozen were presented in Las Vegas.

All medical residents were encouraged to participate in the school's annual Resident Research Days which were developed in response to residents who requested a venue for showcasing their non-curricular research work as well as to meet a requirement to demonstrate scholarly activity. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education evaluates and accredits all residency training programs in the United States. The council's main purpose is to improve health care by assessing and advancing the quality of resident physicians' education through accreditation. ACGME has become increasingly more interested in encouraging resident research and other types of scholarly activities.

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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.