10 top UNR Med stories from 2017

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Happy New Year from UNR Med

Happy New Year! As we look forward to the year ahead, it's good to reminisce on where we've been. From our students and new medical education programs to volunteer initiatives and national rankings, 2017 was an exciting and impactful year for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

Here are 10 stories that topped our lists for 2017:

10. UNR Med students embrace the spirit of giving

Second-year medical student Cindy Valverde organized a volunteer partnership with fellow UNR Med students and the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission for monthly outreach initiatives. Other student-led 2017 efforts included hurricane relief, a holiday food and toy drive and an end-of-semester blood drive.

9. New University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine students make their first rounds on downtown artwork

The 70 students who comprise the class of 2021 participated in Art Rounds, an inaugural workshop that was part of the two-week orientation to UNR Med called MedFIT, toured downtown Reno artwork and learned to use visual thinking strategies to develop observation skills, communication and teamwork, as well as being comfortable with ambiguity, which can help decrease bias when diagnosing patients.

8. Medical students honor their first patients-anatomical donors

Dr. Carl Sievert's rigorous anatomy labs would not be possible without area anatomical donations. Every spring, first-year medical students host a memorial service to honor those who have elected to donate their remains and contribute to the education of our next generation of physicians.

7. New educational program aims to recruit young women in northern Nevada to become orthopaedic surgeons

Women make up less than seven percent of practicing orthopedists in the U.S., and women in engineering has not increased since the early 2000s. To improve this national trend, 20 female medical students and 40 female high school students partnered to participate in the Perry Outreach Program, a hands-on program giving female scholars first-hand experience on orthopaedic and engineering procedures and techniques.

6. UNR Med selected as one of nine national Pathway Leaders for ACGME's Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments initiative

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is working with UNR Med and eight other Pathway Leaders around the country on an 18-month Patient Safety Collaborative. As a Pathway Leader, UNR Med's GME program is working to generate a standard for a culture of patient safety in GME programs throughout the nation.

5. Pulitzer Prize-winning Author and Oncologist to Speak at 2017 Healthy Nevada Speaker Series

UNR Med welcomed renowned cancer physician, researcher and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee to discuss his latest book The Gene: An Intimate History and the future of medical technology through genetics.

4. Project ECHO expands rural and urban clinics in Nevada

To help serve the thousands of Nevadans with limited access to specialty care or who have no health insurance or Medicaid coverage, UNR Med's Office of Statewide Initiatives expanded its Project ECHO telehealth clinics to include monthly clinics in cardiology, pediatric endocrinology, medication assisted therapy for substance use disorder and a unique school-based behavioral health program.

3. Nevada Attorney General Laxalt allocates $1.2M in funding to create new OB/GYN department at UNR Medical School

Following a $3.8 million settlement between Pfizer pharmaceutical company and the State of Nevada, Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced the allocation of $1.2M to create a new OB/GYN department at UNR Med.

2. School of Medicine graduates 61 new doctors: Class of 2017 heads to residency programs across the U.S. in June

After four years of learning what it takes to be a doctor, 61 students celebrated the completion of their medical education be receiving their academic hoods and reciting the Physician's Oath as the newest group of M.D.s headed to competitive residency programs in Reno, Las Vegas and across the country.

1. University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine ranks 13 on nation's top 20 most affordable medical schools

USA TODAY ranked UNR Med 13 on the nation's top 20 most affordable medical schools, with students paying nearly $30,000 less than the national average. Plus, of the top 12 schools, UNR Med out-ranks eight in students receiving institutional aid, three in annual in-state tuition and two in average medical school debt.

UNR Med's incredible students, researchers, faculty and staff make it almost impossible to highlight only 10 stories. For more breaking news and School of Medicine updates, visit our News & Events archive, subscribe to Nevada Medicine Weekly or Inside Nevada Medicine and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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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.