Reflections from the Dean

News & Events

Thomas Schwenk

Welcome to 2018!

Last year was one of great change, great growth, and not a little stress for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine as we refocused our efforts and mission on northern Nevada with a continued statewide vision. We are addressing the physician shortage gap through residency program development and expansion. We were recognized at the national level for National Institute of Health (NIH) research funding and for the value of a UNR Med education. We hit and surpassed our first-year strategic planning goals, and completed the final steps in our re-accreditation cycle.

As is true for any large workplace setting, we experienced tragedy and loss, as well as great triumph and growth. Through the decisions and actions of thousands of faculty and staff members and students, UNR Med made a positive impact on its community, as well as making me proud to be part of such an incredible institution.

As we say, "Goodbye," to 2017 and welcome 2018, here are just a few of our upcoming challenges and opportunities:

News from our LCME Accreditation Visit – February 2018

After a year of compiling data for a comprehensive self-study, visitors from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) joined us for three days in October, meeting with a wide range of students, faculty and staff members to assess the quality and performance of our medical education programs as part of our regular eight-year accreditation cycle. Our calendars are marked for February, when we will receive official results and feedback from that visit. We look forward to hearing good news that we will continue our status as a fully accredited medical school.

Match Day – March 16, 2018

At precisely 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on March 16, our graduating medical students, along with those from across the nation, will learn where they matched for residency training. Last year, our 61 graduating students entered into the magical world of Harry Potter where their "golden snitches" revealed where they would spend the next three to six years learning from the best in Nevada and around the country at programs from Dartmouth to Cedars Sinai, and from the University of Washington to Duke.

Our Student Affairs staff and Events and Protocol team outdo themselves each year with a transformative theme marking this momentous occasion. We look forward with great excitement to see this year's theme as well as learn with what prestigious local and national programs our medical students match.

Commencement – May 18, 2018

The medical school graduation ceremony—referred to as Hooding—is scheduled for Friday, May 18. Every graduating medical student selects someone of significance to place their doctoral hood in what is frequently called one of the most moving commencement ceremonies known. The ceremony concludes with the entire graduating class and all physicians in attendance reciting the Physician's Oath, signifying a lifelong commitment to the medical profession and community service.

This year's hooding ceremony may contain some additional surprises, and we will honor and welcome back alumnus, Dr. Kim Eagle, as our keynote speaker. His first two years of medical education at UNR Med (1975–1977) launched him on a distinguished career as an academic cardiologist.

Welcome Class of 2022 – August 2018

MedFIT returns after a successful inaugural year. The incoming class of 2022 will participate in a two-week orientation program that will prepare them for the coming challenges of medical education. MedFIT will wrap-up with Family Day and the time-honored White Coat Ceremony on August 17th.

50th Anniversary Celebration Kick-Off

2018 will be a year of festivities as we kick off our UNR Med 50th Anniversary Celebration. Over the next year, until the official 50th Anniversary on March 25, 2019, our events and communications will celebrate 50 years of excellence in medical education. You will hear much more about several exciting events, programs and initiatives as we celebrate this historic moment.

Perhaps more than most, this year is shaping up to be a particularly significant one for UNR Med. I look forward to sharing many new institutional achievements, notable events, individual accomplishments, and news of the many ways we serve our community and the State of Nevada.

Media Contacts

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

Tessa Bowen, MPA
Communications Manager, Advancement and Engagement
Office: (775) 682-9254

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.