University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., selected for national Continuing Board Certification Commission

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Thomas L. Schwenk

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.

The Planning Committee for the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Initiative (Vision Initiative) selected University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., to serve as one of 25 physicians in the nation on the Vision Initiative Commission.

In a press release, the Vision Initiative announced Dr. Schwenk and his fellow commission members "will be responsible for assessing the status of continuing board certification and making recommendations to help enable the current process to become a system that demonstrates the profession's commitment to professional self-regulation, offers a consistent and clear understanding of what continuing certification means, and establishes a meaningful, relevant and valuable program that meets the highest standard of quality patient care."  

"It's an extraordinary privilege to contribute to the work of this commission and the ways our profession can become stronger and demonstrate our commitment to lifelong learning," said Dr. Schwenk. "While physicians in general are committed to continuous learning and to providing the highest quality medical care, the current system does not take full advantage of new technologies; does not account for the many different ways that physicians are already assessed for the quality and safety of their medical care and puts too much emphasis on a somewhat outmoded way of evaluating a physician's knowledge."  

Dr. Schwenk has served as dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for Health Sciences since July 2011 and has been elected to the Administrative Board of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Council of Deans. He has co-authored various national research and clinical publications, book chapters and books on a variety of topics, including medical education and psychosocial and psychiatric issues in primary care. Additionally, his most recent work on depression and mental illness in medical students, residents and physicians allows him to offer the commission unique insight.  


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