UNR Med Selected as One of Nine National Pathway Leaders for ACGME’s Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments Initiative

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The UNR Med 2017 State of the School Address kicked-off with a video capturing the spirit of our school, which ended with, "Our future is bright. Our future is alive. Our future is now."

This message could not resonate more than with Graduate Medical Education (GME).

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) announced September 13 that UNR Med, along with eight other Pathway Leaders, has been selected to participate in a Patient Safety Collaborative. Over the next 18 months, this Collaborative will work to create and test a framework for residents and fellows to generate a standard for a culture of patient safety in GME programs across the country.

After being accepted to the first of a series of Collaboratives focused on optimizing ACGME's Clinical Learning Environment Review Program, UNR Med's Designated Institutional Official and Associate Dean for GME David L. Carlson, M.D., M.Div., said, "This is an honor and a significant responsibility. GME lives in both UNR Med and Renown Health. I am excited to see the remarkable things we can do together-for our residents and patients-that can be a model for GME partnerships throughout the nation."

As Dr. Carlson keenly notes, the thrill, honor and awesome responsibility of creating a new training curriculum as a model for national GME programs is a collaborative process. Without community partners such as Renown Regional Medical Center, UNR Med's more than 100 residents and fellows would not be possible. Patient safety staff in Internal Medicine at Renown Health are helping execute transformative initiatives in this area.

"By example, UNR Med and Renown Health are shaping the future of preventative medicine and population health across the nation," said Doug Merrill, M.D., M.B.A., Renown Health Executive Vice President and Chief Medical and Academic Officer. "Residents and fellows will be part of the innovative Culture of Safety models in our hospitals, community patient practices and throughout our telemedicine network."

Renown Health has already begun developing training programs concerning patient safety, and as a Pathway Leader, UNR Med residents and fellows will actively engage with this programming to conduct formal needs assessments, collect longitudinal data and identify areas for improvement.

In a press release, ACGME CEO Thomas J. Nasca, M.D., MACP, said "The ACGME is extremely proud to be working with the nine outstanding organizations chosen for the Patient Safety collaborative. Patient safety is a crucial component of resident's experiential learning. It's inspiring to see such dedication to providing innovative solutions and positive change within the graduate medical education community."

This is an exciting time for UNR Med, Renown Health and the state of Nevada as we continue to work together to close the physician shortage gap and strive for a healthy Nevada.

Visit the ACGME website to learn more about the Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments initiative and the Pathway Leaders Collaborative. 

Media Contacts

Julie Ardito, APR
Senior Director, Advancement and Engagement
Office: (775) 784-6006

Tessa Bowen
Communications Manager, Advancement and Engagement
Office: (775) 682-9254

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision that has served Nevada for 50 years. The state's first public medical school, UNR Med fosters a healthy Nevada through excellence in medical education, medical care, research and community engagement, within a culture of respect, compassion and inclusion. Through targeted growth and investment in research, clinical services, education and outreach, UNR Med is improving the future of health care. For more information, visit our 50th anniversary website.