UNR Med’s Dr. Bronander honored as NCET’s 2018 Educator of the Year

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UNR Med’s Dr. Bronander honored as NCET’s 2018 Educator of the Year
UNR Med’s Dr. Bronander honored as NCET’s 2018 Educator of the Year 

NCET, Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, has announced Kirk Bronander, M.D., professor and medical director of simulation at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med), as the 2018 Educator of the Year. Dr. Bronander’s recognition symbolizes the quality education that is essential to the success of medical students becoming tomorrow's leading physicians, and the foundation of UNR Med’s educational system.

“Dr. Bronander embodies the best of medical education,” said UNR Med Dean, Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. “He uses the highest of technologies to teach the most personal of physical examination and clinical skills, all combined with a dedication to the learner. He is an exceptional educator and innovator.”

Bronander splits his time teaching internal medicine to UNR Med medical students in the classroom and the School’s high fidelity simulation lab, and at Renown Regional Medical Center where he is a patient care physician educator teaching resident physicians at the bedside.

He is an early adopter and advocate of using technology in his teaching. As the medical director of simulation at UNR Med, Bronander uses state-of-the-art mannequins to imitate real life clinical scenarios, teaching medical students how to care for patients facing life-threatening situations including heart attacks, opioid overdoses, etc. "We don't expect pilots to fly without simulation. We shouldn't expect our doctors to practice without simulation either," said Bronander.

Bronander serves on the national editorial board of Simulated Patients in Internal Medicine, as well as the Simulated Internal Medicine Patient Learning Experience Committee, where he is involved with creating virtual patient cases for medical students across the country.

He also serves as UNR Med’s director of third and fourth-year and directs the Clinical Reasoning in Medicine course, a mandatory class for third-year medical students. His excellence as an educator has been recognized nationally and statewide. Nationally, Bronander has received the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. He has also received the Nevada Educator Healthcare Hero Award and the UNR Med Outstanding Full Time Professor Award in 2017.

Now in its 11th year, the NCET Technology Awards celebrate the northern Nevada individuals and companies who have greatly enhanced the growth and prestige of technology community, while the EDAWN Awards recognize the people and resources that have played an integral part in contributing to the growth of our community. The NCET Technology Awards, along with the EDAWN Awards will be held on April 5 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa at 5 p.m. Tickets and information are available through NCET.

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.