OCF Appreciation and Networking Events Highlight Community Faculty Asset to UNR Med

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Students at sign

Third-year medical students, Maureen Choman and Jake Enos pose next to the "Thank You For Teaching Us" banner signed by UNR Med students and residents and presented to community faculty at the Community Faculty Appreciation Dinner.

As Dr. Schwenk noted during the UNR Med 2017 State of the School Address, we could not maintain a nearly 50-year tradition of success in training the next generation of best-in-class physicians without our clinical community faculty. These members open their practices to mentor and nurture our undergraduate and graduate learners, they are, as Dr. Schwenk says, "paying it back as well as paying it forward. They were taught, and, in return, they teach."

In an effort to acknowledge and show appreciation for some of these community faculty members, the Office for Community Faculty (OCF) and Office of Rural Health (ORH) hosted the Community Faculty Appreciation Dinner on September 6, 2017 at the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada.

Among those in attendance were more than 50 community faculty members, state and local dignitaries, UNR Med faculty and third-year students Jake Enos and Maureen Choman, who attended to personally thank the rural community faculty members who have helped shape their medical education.

In a speech about his experience in rural health, Enos stated, "By taking on the burden of teaching students, you not only further our education, but motivate us to do the same when our time comes," echoing Dr. Schwenk's poignant remarks. Additionally, the medical students presented a gratitude highlight video and gifted a specialty anatomical heart pin with a poem designed and written by third-year students Keely Smith and Emily Martinelli.

That same week, representatives from the OCF and Student Outreach Clinic (SOC) volunteered at the 12th Annual Nevada Academy of Family Physicians (NAFP) Wine Tasting & Silent Auction, benefiting medical student scholarships, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the NAFP. UNR Med faculty and students were able to network with other healthcare professionals in the community and focus on recruiting future clinical community faculty members.

To learn more about becoming a clinical community faculty member, contact the Office for Community Faculty at (775) 682-8390, ocf@med.unr.edu, or visit the OCF website.


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 nearly 50 years as its first public medical school. UNR Med’s vision is a healthy Nevada, supported by our mission: establishing excellence in medical education, medical care, research and community engagement, while committing to a culture of respect, compassion and inclusion. Through targeted growth and investment in research, clinical services, education and outreach, UNR Med is a resource for improving healthcare regionally and across the country. For more information, visit: med.unr.edu.