Community Faculty honored at appreciation breakfast

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Sam Dugan and Thomas Glynn

Sam Dugan, Class of 2018, hands a lapel pin to Thomas Glynn, M.D., a retired radiologist who gives lectures to medical students several times a year. Photo by Anne McMillin, APR.

The School of Medicine held an appreciation breakfast on April 28 to honor community physicians who have dedicated time to teaching the next generation of physicians.

Nearly 70 community faculty turned out for the event held at The Grove in south Reno and hosted by the Office for Community Faculty, under the leadership of April Heiselt. Several dozen medical students also attended and showed their appreciation by passing out gifted-wrapped lapel pins recognizing their mentors as being "the heart of the medical school."

These faculty members have taken medical students under their wings (in some cases for many years) and demonstrated the finer points of compassionate, humanistic health care.

In his remarks at the breakfast, Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., said the partnership between UNR Med and its community-based faculty is vital and instrumental as the medical school transforms itself into a Reno-based school. He also thanked the faculty in attendance for transforming the educational experience of medical students and for inspiring them.

As former physicians relations officer for the Student Outreach Clinic, Keely Smith, Class of 2019, presented an analogy of medical students as the blood in the cardiovascular system of the body. She said that as the blood, medical students, under the guidance of community faculty, "pick up" the habits of professionalism and attentive listening and "drop off" old habits like procrastination.

Addressing community faculty directly she said: "You are the heart of the School of Medicine. You continue to sacrifice your time and energy with each semester… to allow us to continue on our journey to becoming physicians. When it becomes difficult, you absorb the inconvenience. You offer the insight, the guidance and the encouragement to move us through. You take on the increased blood pressure, so that we can continue to move, to learn and to grow."

For more information on becoming a community faculty member, please call (775)682-8390.


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: