Commemorating 50 years over 50 days

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In March 1969, the University of Nevada (now Reno) School of Medicine was founded with a special mission of expanding primary care throughout the state of Nevada, particularly to rural, isolated communities. As we celebrate our first 50 years, and look ahead to the next 50, our strategic focus has expanded to the wider vision of contributing to a Healthy Nevada, even as we transition to our fully-developed “home” in Reno and northern Nevada. While we have much progress to report for 50 years of work, there is much left for us to do.

Improving the health of an entire state is a seemingly impossible undertaking. But we are committed to doing our part, in partnership with so many physicians, educators, healthcare facilities and hospitals who are part of UNR Med. The full strategic vision of our core faculty and staff members will be realized with these partnerships. Following 50 years of development and growth, we are more committed than ever to continuing to do our part to improve the health of the state, as we have for the past 50 years.

The support of the community has been instrumental in the training of over 3,500 students, residents and fellows over the past 50 years. We need your support to continue that record of excellence in teaching, research and patient care.

Join us as we celebrate UNR Med's 50th Anniversary with the 50 for FIFTY Giving Campaign. From Feb. 4 to March 25—yes, 50 days—we're raising funds in support of better health and better health care for our state, for northern Nevada and for each of us. Over the course of the 50-day campaign, we'll introduce you to a few of the many UNR Med learners whose career aspirations have been made a reality through the generosity of scholarships.

In honor of our 50th year, we have established the 50th Anniversary Scholarship Endowment to ensure we are prepared to educate future physicians for generations to come. Additional opportunities to advance health care in Nevada include the Donna Turner Rural Education Fund, the David M. Lupan Student Research Endowment, the Diversity and Inclusion Fund, the Faculty and Staff Endowed Scholarship Fund and the Student Outreach Clinic. In addition, the inaugural Physician Assistant Studies Program class is actively fundraising to attend the American Academy of Physician Assistant Conference.

To learn more about how you can help support A Healthy Nevada, visit For questions about the campaign, please contact Shari Netzel, director of development, or (775) 682-6077.

Thank you for your contributions to UNR Med's unrivaled history. Because of your involvement, we are looking ahead to a truly unlimited future!


Media Contacts

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, 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.

Released: Tuesday February 5, 2019 @ 5:00 AM