2012 News Articles

News & Events

Reflections from the Dean

 • Looking ahead to 2013 while reviewing the past year's long list of achievements

Reflections from the Dean

 • Using national data from the Association of American Medical Colleges, a business website recently published a ranking of states according to number of physicians per capita. Nevada, not unexpectedly, ranks poorly, 43rd to be specific.

Reflections from the Dean

 • The Board of Directors of Integrated Clinical Services (ICS), the clinical practice of all School of Medicine physician faculty members, voted at its July meeting to change the name of the clinical practice, the name that is used for signage and marketing, from University Health System back to the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

School of Medicine adds pulmonary critical care division

 • The University of Nevada School of Medicine has established a new pulmonary critical care division within the internal medicine department in Las Vegas to help meet the growing needs of the community.

School of Medicine helps address Nevada's HIV needs

 • The Nevada AIDS Education and Training Center, directed by Patty Charles, DrPH, conducted an extensive statewide needs assessment and identified issues from updating State AIDS Policy regarding the need to prepare more practitioners in the clinical care of HIV.

Student scholarship support increases dramatically

 • The William N. Pennington Foundation continued its generous support of the School of Medicine by recently surprising its 12 current student scholarship recipients with an immediate four-fold increase in support.

Yan earns NIH grant

 • Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of physiology and cell biology, has been awarded a $246,545 grant by the National Institute of Health for his study on the potential contributions of sperm-borne small noncoding RNAs to fertilization and early embryonic development.

BS-MD: Diploma to doctor in seven years

 • The School of Medicine's BS-MD program provides undergraduates at the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who set an early goal of becoming a physician, the opportunity to achieve that goal in just seven years.

Partnership cements Health Science Academy

 • Hug High School in Reno and the University of Nevada School of Medicine continue their 20-year educational partnership when Hug's Health Science Academy opened this fall.

Reflections from the Dean

 • The community, racial, ethnic, cultural, demographic and economic context in which medical care is delivered has always been important, but never more so than now.

Scientist gets funding to refine new test for bacterial infection

 • A new rapid test to diagnose melioidosis, a difficult infection to treat—and classified as a biothreat by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—is being optimized and tested by University of Nevada School of Medicine researcher David AuCoin.

A passion for neurology

 • As a movement disorders internist at the University of Nevada School of Medicine's Las Vegas campus, Eric Farbman, M.D. knows firsthand the complexities of working with difficult medical conditions such as Parkinson's disease, Tourette's syndrome and Huntington's disease.

Reflections from the Dean

 • The fundamental change in health care that will define our work for the foreseeable future is a profound shift in how health care is purchased—from paying for physicians and hospitals to do things, to paying for quality and outcomes.

Students aid rural Nicaragua

 • Thirteen University of Nevada medical students, along with the non-profit group Bridges to Community, served a two-week medical mission to Nicaragua this spring.

Gifts to medical school jump-start clinical research

 • In an effort to address the state's most pressing needs, including health care, Phil and Jennifer Satre announced a $5 million gift to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation from the Satre Family Fund.

Medical students reach out to high schools

 • The University of Nevada School of Medicine continues its partnership with two Las Vegas high schools that focus on a medical professions track for their young students.

New ENT residency begins in Las Vegas

 • The School of Medicine began Nevada's first residency training program for otolaryngology this month and earned a three-year accreditation cycle for the program from the American Council on Graduate Medical Education.

Partnership leads to opportunity for graduating student

 • A newly-graduated University of Nevada School of Medicine student participated in a medical mission to Panama later this spring thanks to the generosity of the pediatric cardiologists of Children's Heart Center of Nevada.

Reflections from the Dean

 • It has been a great year, thanks to all of you, and I look forward to many more.

Researcher leads the way in muscular dystrophy therapy

 • The nation's leading scientists and clinicians exploring treatment breakthroughs for congenital muscular dystrophy met April 22-24 on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno, where research by School of Medicine associate professor Dean Burkin has led to a potential therapy.