2015 News Articles

News & Events

Renown Health, School of Medicine open Office for Community Faculty

 • The School of Medicine opened its Office for Community Faculty with a ribbon cutting event on Dec. 15 in the Sierra Tower of Renown Regional Medical Center, and introduced the office’s founding director, April Heiselt, to those in attendance.

Renown Health, School of Medicine to open Office for Community Faculty

 • Members of the media are invited to attend the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the School of Medicine’s Office for Community Faculty, located in the Sierra Tower of Renown Health, on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. and to meet founding director, April Heiselt, Ph.D.

Reflections Dec. 2015

 • This time of great change for public medical education in Nevada offers many opportunities and challenges for every member of the University of Nevada School of Medicine family, our friends and supporters.

Reflections - Nov. 2015

 • I have turned this column over to Dr. Piasecki so she can describe the next steps in this exciting project…

School of Medicine announces free November clinic dates

 • With the goal of providing more services for the medically uninsured in Washoe County, the University of Nevada School of Medicine has scheduled Student Outreach Clinics for the following dates in November.

Reflections - Oct. 2015

 • In my recent State of the School Address, I asked a fundamental question: “What do we need to be?”

School of Medicine announces free October clinic dates

 • With the goal of providing more services for the medically uninsured in Washoe County, the University of Nevada School of Medicine’s has scheduled Student Outreach Clinics for the following dates.

Reflections - Sept. 2015

 • We have an extraordinary opportunity to think in new ways about who we are, where we want to go, and how we are going to get there.

AuCoin appointed as microbiology chair

 • David AuCoin, Ph.D., associate professor, has been announced as the new chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

School of Medicine sets free September clinic dates

 • With the goal of providing more services for the medically uninsured in Washoe County, the University of Nevada School of Medicine’s has increased the number of free Student Outreach Clinics for September.

School of Medicine, UMC awarded prestigious surgical robot grant

 • University Medical Center and the University of Nevada School of Medicine’s Departments of Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology were recently awarded a simulator grant by Intuitive Surgical for the advancement of robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery.

CSN students visit Las Vegas Sim Center

 • The School of Medicine hosted a July tour of the Simulation Center on July 6th for students from CSN’S Biomedical Exploration Workshop.

Reflections August 2015

 • We can get caught up in the broad issues facing medical education and health care in State of Nevada and sometimes forget why we are here in the first place.

Former psychiatry vice chairman remembered

 • Cyril M. Worby, M.D., former professor and vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Medicine, died of brain cancer on July 3, 2015 at his home in Arlington, Virginia.

Faculty development launches at MountainView Hospital

 • Mountain View Hospital leadership asked the School of Medicine to provide an initial faculty development series targeted to the core Mountain View Hospital faculty who will teach internal medicine and surgery residents in the new programs being developed.

Reflections July 2015

 • The Nevada legislature has made a major commitment and appropriated precious support to expand public medical education.

School of Medicine sets free July clinic dates

 • Two University of Nevada School of Medicine free Student Outreach Clinics have been scheduled for July. The dates are Saturday, July 11 from 8 a.m. to noon and Saturday, July 18 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Town Halls outline School's recommitment to Nevada

 • More than 140 School of Medicine faculty and staff members attended town hall meetings last week in Reno and Las Vegas, at which Dean Thomas Schwenk outlined the details and implications for the School of Medicine of a $5.5 million appropriation from the 2015 Nevada Legislature in the coming biennium.

Las Vegas campus library re-opens in new location

 • The University of Nevada School of Medicine’s Las Vegas campus library at 1701 West Charleston is now open and available to residents and fellows at its new location 1701 West Charleston Boulevard, on the first floor.

School of Medicine initiates new Las Vegas-based fellowship

 • Nevada’s first and only pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship accredited by the American Council on Graduate Medical Education begins July 1, 2015 on the School of Medicine’s Las Vegas campus with the first three fellows entering the three-year training program.

School of Medicine physicians to provide medical care at Reno Rodeo

 • Carol Scott, M.D., director of the sports medicine fellowship program at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and Quoc-Phong Tran, M.D., sports medicine fellow with the medical school, are volunteering their time to provide medical care at this annual event.

Scientists across the Mountain West gather to promote scientific partnerships, research across 13 universities

 • Researchers from throughout the western U.S. will be gathering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas next week to explore health issues unique to the west at the second annual meeting of the Mountain West IDeA Clinical and Translational Research – Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN), a five-year, $20 million grant supported by the National Institutes of Health through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

Delegation visits to explore collaboration

 • The School of Medicine hosted a delegation from Tokyo Medical and Dental University for visits to the Reno and Las Vegas campuses on May 11 and 12 with the purpose of exploring the potential collaboration in research and training between the two schools.

Reflections June 2015

 • The most exciting part of the academic year at our medical school is the celebration of our graduating medical students, held this year on May 14 and 15. These important rituals remind us why we do what we do, and highlight our fundamental purpose as a school of medicine.

School of Medicine sets free June clinic dates

 • Two University of Nevada School of Medicine free Student Outreach Clinics have been scheduled for June. The dates are Saturday, June 13 from 8 a.m. to noon and Saturday, June 27 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Sanford Center for Aging to host free concert

 • The Sanford Center for Aging’s Senior Outreach Services invites the public to a free one-hour concert by The Note-Ables and Kenn Pettiford on Friday, May 29 at 10 a.m. in the Laxalt Auditorium of the Nelson Building located at 401 W. Second Street in Reno.

School of Medicine holds hooding ceremony

 • Commencement ceremonies for the University of Nevada School of Medicine’s Class of 2015 were held this afternoon at Lawlor Event Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Reflections May 2015

 • As the Nevada legislature considers whether, how and when to fund an expansion of public medical education, the fundamental questions it must answer are: “Why is public medical education good?”, "How does it contribute to the quality of life and economic success of the State of Nevada?” and “What is the ‘return on investment’ for the funding requested?”

Artist in Residence show celebrates artwork by medical students

 • Students from the University of Nevada School of Medicine will exhibit their original artwork for the public on Thursday, May 14 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at Renown Regional Medical Center’s downtown Reno campus in the Tahoe Tower lobby.

CME talk addresses medical marijuana

 • A continuing medical education talk by adjunct clinical professor Brian Lawenda, M.D. served to education health care providers on marijuana as a therapeutic treatment.

New lab equipment to potentially accelerate research discovery

 • Iain L. O. Buxton, Pharm.D., Foundation Professor and chair of pharmacology has been awarded one of several Acquisition of Institutional and Research Equipment grants by the University of Nevada, Reno to support his vision of therapeutic discovery on campus.

Open house for those considering applying to medical school

 • Students from the University of Nevada School of Medicine will host an informational open house for high school students and their parents on Saturday, April 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Pennington Health Sciences Building on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

School of Medicine opens new pharmacy

 • The University of Nevada School of Medicine announces the opening of its newest patient service facility: a full-service pharmacy located next to its Patient Care Center on Charleston Boulevard, just west of I-15.

Endocrinology, Wellness Center combine forces to better serve patients

 • Two patient care entities that address both diabetes and obesity have joined forces as the School of Medicine’s Endocrinology and Wellness and Weight Management Center, and relocated to the second floor of the Center for Molecular Medicine on the north end of the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Lab rededicated as Mick Hitchcock Nevada Proteomics Center

 • The University of Nevada, Reno proteomics lab, recently rededicated as the Mick Hitchcock, Ph.D. Nevada Proteomics Center, is expected to have a significant research impact, including for economic development, throughout the entire region.

Reflections April 2015

 • I attended a remarkable event on March 26 at the Culinary Institute in Las Vegas.

School of Medicine sets free April clinic dates

 • The University of Nevada School of Medicine’s free Student Outreach Clinics for April are scheduled for the following dates: A children’s clinic will be held April 7 from 6 to 9 p.m.; a women’s clinic will be held on April 18 from 8 a.m. to noon; and a general clinic will be held April 25 from 8 a.m. to noon.

School of Medicine’s Class of 2015 to learn residency ‘match’ results

 • Seventy fourth-year medical students at the University of Nevada School of Medicine will learn where they will receive their residency training on Friday, March 20 at 9 a.m. when students on both Reno and Las Vegas campuses learn the results from the National Resident Matching Program.

Accredited with ‘commendation’

 • Congratulations to the School of Medicine’s Office of Continuing Medical Education which was recently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

Faculty donation will help students

 • University of Nevada School of Medicine faculty Carol Cheney, M.D. and Joshua Bardin, M.D. recently made provisions in their estate to establish an endowed scholarship to support medical students.

Reflections March 2015

 • The education and training of physicians requires two, and sometimes three, phases. The first is medical school, lasting four years. The second is residency training (graduate medical education or GME), in which a medical school graduate trains in a chosen specialty, taking from three to as many as seven years.

Las Vegas faculty named as ‘Top Docs’

 • Twenty-four physicians and surgeons from the University of Nevada School of Medicine’s Las Vegas campus were recognized in the 5th Annual Top Doctors survey by Vegas Seven magazine.

School of Medicine sets free March clinic dates

 • The University of Nevada School of Medicine’s free Student Outreach Clinics for March are scheduled for the following dates: A children’s clinic will be held March 3 from 6 to 9 p.m.; a general clinic will be held March 14 from 8 a.m. to noon; and a women’s clinic will be held on March 28 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Pre-med students visit School of Medicine

 • About 40 undergraduate pre-medical students from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Nevada State College toured the medical school’s Reno campus as part of the annual preview day event.

Reflections Feb. 2015

 • Governor Sandoval presented his budget priorities at his State of the State Address on Jan. 15. From these comments and the details that were subsequently released, it is clear that the Governor is strongly supportive of the strategic vision for public medical education laid out by the Nevada System of Higher Education and endorsed by the Board of Regents.

Robert Laxalt Distinguished Writer Program: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink to be honored Monday, Feb. 9

 • During her visit to Nevada, Fink will give a talk titled, “Decisions of Life and Death,” in the Mack Auditorium at Renown Regional Medical Center located at 1155 Mill St. This event will focus on Fink’s investigations into health and human welfare and ethical challenges. RSVP by calling (775) 982-7787 by Feb. 4. Free parking is available in the Mill Street Parking garage. Fink will give a second talk the evening of Feb. 9 titled, “Reporting in an Emergency: The complex trauma narrative in the age of the tweet,” at 7 p.m. in the University’s Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center’s Wells Fargo Auditorium. Free parking will be available on the fifth floor of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex on North Virginia Street, just south of Lawlor Events Center.

School of Medicine scientist finds the cause of ‘headless’ sperm in male infertility

 • A research team led by University of Nevada School of Medicine researcher Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D., professor of physiology and cell biology, has discovered that the acephalic sperm condition is caused by either a lack of, or a partial formation of the sperm neck, and that proper sperm neck formation requires an evolutionarily conserved gene called Spata6, which encodes a protein participating in the transportation of “building blocks” essential for sperm neck assembly inside the testis.

Netski appointed psychiatry chair in Las Vegas

 • The School of Medicine announces the appointment of alumna Alison Netski, M.D. as the chair of the Department of Psychiatry - Las Vegas, effective January 2015 through December 2017.

High School Students Go Straight to the Heart (of Pigs)

 • High school students had the opportunity to gain hands-on medical experience working with the High Sierra Area Health Education Center and medical students from the University of Nevada School of Medicine as they were guided through basic anatomy in the dissection of pig hearts on Dec. 9 at Hug High.

Reflections Jan. 2015

 • The good news is that at their December meeting the NSHE Board of Regents unanimously approved two major affiliation agreements and other major proposals of positive significance for the School of Medicine.