Local leaders interact with medical students at Project Medical Education

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Project Medical Education participants

Project Medical Education 2017 participants at their "hooding" ceremony to complete their day on campus. Photo by Anne McMillin, APR.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine hosted "Project Medical Education Nevada" on February 3, providing 18 community leaders and those in the broader health care sector with the opportunity to have one-on-one interactions with medical students while learning firsthand about what it takes to become a doctor.

Students, who also assisted with designing the sessions, shared their personal acceptance stories, experience with the curriculum, and anecdotes from their clinical years and the match process. Participants also got hands-on training in heart dissection and suturing-both led by students-and were paired with a student and a physician during a visit to the family medicine clinic.

Thomas R. Kozel, Ph.D., professor, microbiology and immunology, led a highly-rated discussion of medical research, including his work on cryptococcal meningitis that has resulted in a diagnostic tool that may save as many as 100,000 lives each year in sub-Saharan Africa.

Before a closing reception, participants were presented with candy bars, some containing "golden tickets" in Willy Wonka themed mock Match.

In describing her experience, participant Toni Inserra, CEO of South Lyon Medical Center said, "The (Project Medical Education Nevada) program exceeded anything I could have ever imagined. The program was absolutely life-changing. I will make every effort in the future to provide support to the school, the staff and the students."


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

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 more than 48 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.