Community Faculty News

Community Faculty News

January 2019 | Issue 20
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

UNR Med Upcoming Events

Diversity Dialogues

Thursday, January 17, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine | Pennington Health Sciences Building, Room 227 

1664 S. Virginia Street | Reno, NV 89557

We are constantly faced with difficult, multifaceted issues of diversity and inclusion, with no clear solution. Diversity Dialogues provides a space in which everyone can communicate, be heard, and engage with the complex problems we face. Diversity Dialogues is an open discussion of diversity and inclusion issues and the diversity initiatives at UNR Med. For questions please contact Jennifer Dougherty at (775) 682-7935 or

Mistreatment, Harassment & the Ethical Issues Related to Teaching Learners

Thursday, January 17, 2019 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine | Moana Building | 604 W. Moana Lane | Reno, NV 89509

There are a variety of federal laws that mandate the way learners are treated within an academic environment. When educating learners, the medical environment may include, but is not limited to hospitals, clinics, operating rooms, and more. This program will help educators understand the law; recognize harassment, discrimination, and gender-based violence, and respond to misconduct appropriately. There is no fee to attend this program, however pre-registration is required. For questions or inquiries, please contact Tami Duggan at (775) 784-4791 or

This program meets the sexual harassment and discrimination training requirement for UNR Med Faculty and is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM - 2.00 CME credits in ethics.

Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness

Friday, January 18, 2019 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine | Savitt Medical Library | 1664 S. Virginia Street | Reno, NV 89557

Please join the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine for an evening of "Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness." The evening begins with an opening reception including light refreshments featuring Native American cuisine. Following the reception, distinguished speakers Dr. Melissa K. Nelson of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Dr. Lois Ellen Frank of the Kiowa tribe will be speaking on "Food Sovereignty and Native Peoples Health." There will be a book signing immediately following the presentation. Parking will be available in the Silver 10 parking lot directly behind the Pennington Medical Education Building. Registration is available online. For more information, contact Katie Jefferson at (775) 682-7359 or

Research Associates Mixer

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine | Center for Molecular Medicine, Atrium | 1664 S. Virginia Street | Reno, NV 89557

The Office of Medical Research invites you to join them for a networking event between faculty, residents, and medical students. This is a gathering of likeminded individuals excited about research and will include a tour of the new UNR Med Clinical Research Center. Light refreshments will be provided. Parking will be available in front of the Center for Molecular Medicine, in the Silver 10 parking lot. Registration is available online. For more information, contact Valerie Banuelos at (775) 682-9483 or

Engaging the Power of Diversity: A Liberal Arts Speaker Series Featuring Angela Davis

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 | 6:00 PM

University of Nevada, Reno | Joe Crowley Student Union Milt Glick Ballroom | 1664 S. Virginia Street | Reno, NV 89557

Dr. Angela Davis is an author, activist and distinguished professor emerita of the University of California, Santa Cruz. Through her activism and scholarship over the last decades, Dr. Davis has been deeply involved in our nation's quest for social justice. Her work as an educator - both at the university level and in the larger public sphere - has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial and gender justice.

Admission is free, but seating is limited, and a complimentary ticket is required for entrance. Tickets are available online. Doors open at 5:00 pm for ticketed guests. Starting at 5:30 pm, non-ticketed guests will be permitted entrance. Complimentary parking is available in the West Stadium Parking Complex.

Winter Wilderness Medicine Retreat

Friday, February 8, 2019 - Sunday, February 10, 2019

Lost Trail Lodge | 8600 Coldstream Road, Mile Marker 3.9 Coldstream Road | Truckee, CA 96161

The UNR Med Department of Family and Community Medicine is having its annual Winter Wilderness Medicine Retreat at the Lost Trail Lodge. All community faculty are invited to attend. This experience is a great opportunity to connect with community colleagues, residents, and medical students. Attendees need to be able to hike in the four flat miles, but skiing experience is NOT required.

Attendees will be hiking, snowshoeing, and/or cross country skiing into Lost Trail Lodge on Friday morning and departing on Sunday. While there, individuals will explore the mountain surroundings on skis and snowshoes (no guides), listen to short lectures, and participate in hands-on wilderness medicine sessions. All food and drink are provided and sleeping arrangements are in cabins of four to six each, which are connected by a rear hallway, so it feels like one big lodge! If you would like to be part of this great adventure, please contact Dr. David Fiore at

First Annual Community Stakeholders Curricular Design Worksession

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 5:30PM - 7:30 PM

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine | Moana Building | 604 W. Moana Lane | Reno, NV 89509

Please join us as we present the current UNR Med curriculum and then review it in the context of designing a new and better one. This session will be an opportunity for our community faculty to bring their experience to the forefront of our curricular review. We will analyze the inputs and outcomes of the School of Medicine. Don't worry if you have never been trained in curricular analysis, we'll train you. Share your thoughts as to how we should train the next generation of physicians. Registration is available online. For more information about this session, please contact Dr. Kevin Facemyer, Chair, Medical Education Steering Committee and Chair, Curricular Review Taskforce at (775) 327-2007 or

Save the Date!

Nevada Chronic Disease Summit: Propelling Innovative Strategies to Control Chronic Disease

Wednesday, March 13 - Thursday, March 14, 2019

Whitney Peak Hotel | 255 North Virginia Street | Reno, NV 89501

Details coming soon!

UNR Med Match Day 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019 | 8:30 AM Doors Open | 9:00 AM Reveal

The Grove | 95 Foothill Drive | Reno, NV 89511

Fourth-year University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine medical students will learn where they'll complete their residencies during Match Day. Join UNR Med for this exciting annual tradition Friday, March 15 at The Grove at SouthCreek. The festivities begin at 8:30 a.m., and students' match results will be revealed at exactly 9 a.m. PST. Kindly register for Match Day by March 8, 2019. For questions, please contact

UNR Med's 50th Anniversary Golden Gala

Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 6:00 PM

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa | 3800 S. Virginia Street | Reno, NV 89511

Join the School of Medicine for the 50th Anniversary Golden Gala at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. The unparalleled celebration commemorates UNR Med's unrivaled history and unlimited future with a champagne welcome, dinner program, and dessert reception. Tickets, tables and sponsorships are available with net proceeds benefitting medical student scholarships. Please visit to register. For questions, contact Lauren Siri at (775) 682-7342 or Special thanks to presenting underwriter Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.

2019 AAMC WGEA/WGSA/WOSR Collaborative Spring Meeting

Thursday, March 28 - Sunday, March 31, 2019

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa | 3800 S. Virginia Street | Reno, NV 89511

The 2019 AAMC WGEA/WGSA/WOSR Collaborative Spring Meeting is coming to Reno in March 2019. Proudly hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno, the 2019 conference focuses on the benefits of collaboration among Admissions, Student Affairs, and Medical Education. The theme, "Going All In," is a call to highlight work from across the Western Region where our groups have come together to create a student experience that reflects commitment to inclusion, inquiry, and innovation, as well as an investment in our students' current and future success. For more information and to register visit or contact Jamie Lee Ellison at (775) 784-6777 or

2019 Community Faculty Appreciation Reception

Friday, April 26, 2019

5:30 PM Cocktail Reception | 6:00 PM Remarks and Special 50th Anniversary Appreciation Tribute

Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel | One South Lake Street | Reno, NV 89501

Students and residents of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., and the Office for Community Faculty invite you to join us at our 2019 Community Faculty Appreciation Reception. We are celebrating 50 years of our UNR Med community educators and we are excited! Thank you for dedicating your time, knowledge, and wisdom to our learners. Please join us for a reception in your honor on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 5:30 pm, with a special 50th Anniversary Student Appreciation Tribute beginning at 6:00 pm. Registration is available online. For questions please contact Jennifer Scanio at or (775) 682-8390.

UNR Med Hooding Processional

Friday, May 17, 2019 | 12:30 PM Processional Line-Up | 1:00 PM Ceremony

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts | 100 South Virginia Street| Reno, NV 89501

Please join the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine as we conclude a year of unparalleled celebrations during our graduation week events. All community faculty are encouraged to participate in the Hooding processional Friday, May 17 at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. Regalia is required. To rent regalia, contact Genila Nicely at the Nevada Wolf Shop, or (775) 682-9605. To ensure reserved Hooding processional seating, please register in advance. For additional details about Hooding and other graduation week events, please visit the Class of 2019 graduation webpage.

Community Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Krista Colletti of Aspen Pediatrics, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics.
Dr. Krista Colletti of Aspen Pediatrics, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics.

Each day our community faculty illustrate their commitment to educating future physicians through their passion for teaching and examples of excellence. This month, Joseph Thomas, MS2, shines a spotlight on Krista Colletti, M.D., Pediatrician with Aspen Pediatrics, UNR Med Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics.

"I was fortunate to work with Dr. Krista Colletti at Aspen Pediatrics. I came into the office nervous about having to work with pediatric patients and their parents, neither of which I had had much experience working with in my previous preceptorship. Coming fresh out of summer break didn't ease the feeling of being a fish out of water, but Dr. Colletti immediately made me feel comfortable being in her office filled with Pop figures and frogs.

She eased me into things, teaching me little tips and tricks on how to do a pediatric exam while making sure the patient was having fun with it too. She made going to the doctor's office fun for the children, and in the process made it much more low stress for me. Her compassion for her patients and love of pediatric medicine was contagious and got me to start considering it as a possible career for myself.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Colletti is very active with her family and throughout the community. She balanced many things that I had been starting to worry I wouldn't have time to do in the future and gave me tons of valuable career and life advice over the course of the preceptorship. I feel very blessed to have been able to work with Dr. Colletti and to have learned as much as I have from her."

Thank you, Dr. Colletti, for your continued commitment to medical education! You are making a difference as a clinician educator, and it shows. For her efforts, Dr. Colletti will receive a UNR Med vest.

Community Faculty Selfie Contest Winners

Jenica Law, PAS 1, and Katie Fogel, PA-C, hanging upside down.
Jenica Law, PAS1, and Katie Fogel, PA-C, take a break from learning by hanging upside down with a couple of stuffed friends.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's Office for Community Faculty's Third Annual "Community Faculty Student and Resident Selfie Contest" received over 30 wonderful submissions - the most entrants we have ever had! We want to thank all of our students and residents and their community faculty who submitted a photo. You set a submission record and that is amazing!

Big congratulations on our winning entries. Our judges determined that it was a Physician Assistant sweep - with the PA students taking first, second, and third places. What a year for the PA students!

We would like to congratulate Katie Fogel, PA-C, and Jenica Law, PAS1 on their first-place winning entry! They each won a UNR Med winter warm up ensemble.

Our second-place winners are Kim Nischik, PA-C, and Lydia Morrison, PAS1 and third-place went to Cristine Berns, PA-C, and Cory Wilcox, PAS1. Each will receive branded gear from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

We would like to thank all those who submitted their photos. Be on the watch as they may be used in UNR Med marketing materials in the future. We appreciate our community faculty and thank you for your dedication to our learners.

Microaggressions in Medicine

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From the Office of Diversity & Inclusion

According to Sue (2010), microaggressions are "the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership." For example, female doctors may be assumed to be a nurse, or Latino physicians may be assumed to be service workers in a hospital. Microaggressions are often not consciously made and may stem from implicit biases. In fact, the intention may be positive, as in the case when Black physicians are praised for how "articulate" they are. Though this is meant as a compliment, the message can be that it is unusual for someone of this race to be so well-spoken. 

Microaggressions are often subtle and sometimes even invisible, leaving the victim to wonder, in confusion, "What just happened?" However, constant exposure to microaggressions has been likened to being attacked by a swarm of mosquitos. Though each bite is small and only a little bothersome, ongoing exposure to these annoyances adds up and takes a toll on the victim. Microaggressions have been known to cause mental health effects, create physical health problems, perpetuate stereotypes, passively allow society to devalue groups, cause lower work productivity, and create inequities in education, employment, and health care (Sue, 2010). A recent study involving health professions students from UC Davis and Yale revealed that over one quarter of students surveyed experienced microaggressions almost daily. Microaggressions were experienced most on the basis of gender (over 60%) and race (almost 60%), but were also experienced on the basis of age, ancestry, skin color, SES, height, sexual orientation, weight, and religion (in descending order). This study revealed a dose-response relationship between the frequency of experiencing microaggressions and symptoms of depression and indicated that exposure to microaggressions also affected medical school satisfaction and retention.

As a community faculty member, you can help students who experience these microaggressions by becoming allies. If you witness a student or resident being exposed to a microaggression, you can choose to call out the microaggression, if appropriate. Afterward, you can listen and provide validation, helping the learner explore their concerns and allowing them to self-reflect. You don't need to "fix" it or even agree, but you can support the learner in problem-solving, by sharing available resources and helping them explore next steps.  Avoid responding with silence, as this can connote complicity or approval with the microaggression. You should also avoid suggesting that the learner develop a "tougher skin," without providing any tools. If you are in a position to address the perpetrator of the microaggression, you may wish to address them, assuming they did not intend to offend the student, asking questions to invite further discussion ("what did you mean by that?"), using "I statements," and educating them on why their statement was taken as a microaggression. For further information, please see:

First Annual UNR Med Community Stakeholders Curricular Design Worksession - Explained

Dear Community Faculty,

We are a community medical school and we have always depended on your participation. You educate our medical students and PAs, train our residents, give lectures, participate in town hall meetings, and help us design our curriculum. This last effort might surprise you, but the shape of our curriculum reflects your influence and suggestions over the years.

Please join us on Thursday evening, the 21st of February 2019 for the first Annual Community Stakeholders Curricular Design Worksession. We will present the current UNR Med curriculum and then set about reviewing it in the context of designing a new and better one. It will be an opportunity to bring your vast experience to the forefront of our curricular analysis. We'll use a structured approach designed to analyze quantitatively, the inputs and outcomes of our school. Don't worry if you have never been trained in curricular analysis, we'll train you. Bring your ideas, and be ready to share your thoughts.

We look forward to working together with you to analyze and create the next great incarnation of our school.

Kevin C. Facemyer, Ph.D., Chair of the Medical Education Steering Committee and Chair of the Curricular Review Taskforce

David J. Howard, M.D., Director, Years 1-2 Curricular Operations 

Kirk A. Bronander, M.D., Director, Years 3-4 Curricular Operations

Timothy K. Baker, M.D., Associate Dean, Medical Education

Community Faculty Focus Groups

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The Office for Community Faculty is currently assembling a variety of focus groups and all of our community faculty are invited to participate. In an effort to best support and engage our valuable community, we want to hear from you. What are we doing well? What can we do better? Let us hear your voice. Focus groups will begin meeting in March 2019. For more information or to participate in an upcoming focus group, please contact Dr. April Heiselt, Director, UNR Med Office for Community Faculty, at (775) 682-8390 or  

New Online CE/CME Opportunities

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The Office of Continuing Medical Education is excited to announce several new online CE/CME opportunities available to our community faculty. A few of the new additions with links are as follows:

The Clinical Educator Faculty Development Series: Depression in Medical Students and Mindfulness, Featuring Guest Lecturer: Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., UNR Med Dean

17-Hydroxyprogesterone: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, Developed by Nevada's Infant Mortality Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN)

Please feel free to review the complete CME Online Library at for more topics and more of the Clinical Educator Faculty Development Online CME Program Series. For more information regarding UNR Med CME opportunities, contact Jennifer Norland at (775) 784-4730 or  

Savitt Medical Library

Image from exhibit: Native American man receiving a blessing from the medicine man

The Savitt Medical Library is hosting the Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness interactive exhibit through February 13, 2019. Visit the Savitt Medical Library to take part in this interactive exhibition examining concepts of health and medicine among contemporary American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawai'ians, featuring interviews with hundreds of tribal leaders, physicians, educators, and others. Explore the interconnectedness of wellness, illness, and cultural life as well as the concepts of how health and illness are closely tied to the concepts of community, spirit, and the land. Visit the Savitt Medical Library webpage for more information. The Savitt Medical Library is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 am - 12:00 am and Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am - 12:00 am. Please check ahead for special holiday hours.

"This Office is Also a Classroom" Certificate Available

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Orivs School of Nursing have developed a joint certificate to help inform the patients that visit your office about the education occuring in that space. Beginning in January 2019, a "This Office is Also a Classroom" certificate is available for you to post in your office so that your patients know you have been chosen to educate our learners based upon your unique skillset. These certificates are being mailed with UNR Med community faculty renewal packages in the upcoming months. Should you want one of these certificates prior to that time, please contact the UNR Med Office for Community Faculty at (775) 682-8390 or and one will be mailed to you directly.

Did You Know?

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Data Wranglers

Are you working on a project or research and find yourself dreading the number crunching? Data Wranglers are here to help lift you out of your number numbness. The Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center is now offering help with statistical software and data analysis. The expert student Data Wranglers offer free consultations to help you learn about data analysis software, statistics, and help get you started with our data projects. While Data Wranglers cannot hold your hand through the entire research process, this is a great place to start learning about how to use the statistical software, including SPSS and Stata. The Data Wranglers are also available to help you analyze your research data. To learn more or to book a consultation, visit

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