Reflections from the Dean: 2019 State of the School Address

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By the time you read this, I will have had the privilege of delivering my 9th State of the School Address on Sept. 9 at the Basin Street Club in Mackay Stadium. The achievements I highlighted that night—and the programs to which we have committed for our future—represent our past, present and future choices.

I am proud of our thriving School of Medicine, which is has established itself as a scientific leader in biomedical research, transforming health care learners into health care leaders, providing critical sources of care to underserved patients and contributing to the quality of life in our communities with a culture of diversity, integrity, innovation and respect.

Here are five highlights from the 2019 State of the School Address, amongst many deserving candidates:

1. We look forward to two major expansions of our clinical practice network, the first by moving our Department of Internal Medicine into a new facility on Plumas St. that is more community-based and accessible, and, second, by opening a multi-specialty primary care practice in 2020 to improve access to quality care for Nevadans while enhancing our medical education programs. The 60,000-square-foot facility, centrally located at 745 West Moana Lane between Lakeside Drive and Virginia Street, will provide services in family medicine, women's health, mental health, diabetes and endocrinology, as well as lab and X-ray services.

2. UNR Med's Sanford Center for Aging is engaging with community partners to create an interprofessional geriatrics education network to improve health outcomes for elder Nevadans through a five-year, $3.2 million federal grant to launch ICECAP Nevada, which stands for Improving Care of Elders through Community and Academic Partnerships.

3. UNR Med opened a new Clinical Research Center to offer expert staffing and resources to connect our tremendous strength in basic science research with clinical and translational research. The CRC is a 1,500-square-foot research space located on campus in the Center for Molecular Medicine and includes two private outpatient rooms for research clinic visits and a physician consultation area.

4. Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D., of the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology was awarded a major grant to fund the development of a new National Center for Translational Research in Reproduction and Infertility, which will be only one of eight such centers in the country. We will join such well-known institutions as Cornell University, Harvard University, Northwestern University and the University of California, San Francisco.

5. UNR Med, its faculty and students pledge to care for all populations with respect and without discrimination. First-year medical students participate in a daylong Practice of Medicine workshop focused entirely on LGBTQ health care. UNR Med's Trans Voice and Communication Clinic works with transgendered individuals to help them have a voice that identifies with how they feel.

There is so much more to tell you about the amazing people, programs and priorities at UNR Med. Stay tuned for future Reflections that will highlight the decisions we make going forward as UNR Med pushes on into its next 50 years of success and service.

I thank the many faculty and staff members, students, residents, campus colleagues, clinical community faculty members, health care partners and all members of our community who attended our annual update. If you were unable to attend, the event is available to view online.


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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.

Released: Tuesday September 10, 2019 @ 8:00 AM