Reflections from the Dean: Welcome Class of 2023

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By Cherie Singer, Ph.D., associate dean for student affairs

Cherie Singer, Ph.D.

Cherie Singer, Ph.D., associate dean for student affairs

This month, it was our great honor to welcome the medical student Class of 2023 to UNR Med through MedFIT, which provides students the opportunity to meet their new classmates and mentors while preparing for the academically rigorous learning environment of a medical school.

MedFIT concluded with Family Day and our traditional white coat ceremony on Aug. 16. Not only were these events opportunities to celebrate the Class of 2023, but they were also an opportunity to extend a warm UNR Med welcome to the family, friends and supporters who have journeyed with these students and will continue to stand behind them and their dreams through the next four years and beyond.

UNR Med's Class of 2023 is an accomplished group of individuals chosen from almost 1,500 applications and following 335 interviews. I'd like to introduce you to them.

The incoming class represents a variety of college majors across the country, from the hard sciences-biochemistry, molecular biology, zoology and neuroscience—to those who majored in medical anthropology, nutrition and business science.

The Class of 2023 has traveled to or lived in more than 50 countries and speak more than 15 languages, including Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, French, Punjabi, Russian, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean, American Sign Language, Chinese and Urdu.

Sixty-two members of the Class of 2023 hail from Nevada, including Reno, Sparks, Las Vegas, Fernley, Carson City, Minden and Henderson, while six students are from our neighboring states of Arizona, California, Oregon and Utah.

The class includes 33 woman and 35 men ranging in age from 20-35.

The Class of 2023 continues a strong UNR Med family tradition. Two are emulating Mom and Dad. Four followed their siblings' footsteps.

Most of our students have not only worked hard at their academics, but also worked to support themselves prior to medical school—many with more than one job.

They have worked in education as teachers and tutors; supported themselves as research assistants and laboratory technicians; owned their own business or worked in retail; and worked in the food-service industry as many college students do, as bartenders, baristas, servers and cashiers. A few have also worked in government, and many others earned a living working in numerous health professions.

This is also a group of students that is very physically active—with a few daredevils and risk-takers in the bunch. They have enjoyed activities ranging from archery to lacrosse to Greek dancing and almost everything in between, as well as almost every outdoor activity imaginable. They have certainly come to the right place to study medicine, and I'm sure they will enjoy our beautiful region, skiing, hiking and paddleboarding in between their studies.

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming the Class of 2023!

See more photos from the Class of 2023 White Coat Ceremony online.

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Office: (775) 784-6006

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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 August 20, 2019 @ 8:00 AM