Community Faculty News

Community Faculty News

July 2017 | Issue 10
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

UNR Med Upcoming Events

Brown Bag Lunch Series - LCME Accreditation

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is preparing to renew its accreditation as a medical school through the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). As a result, the School of Medicine embarked on a yearlong self-study to assess the quality of the medical education program. Bring your lunch and join your colleagues for one of these informative sessions that provide information about what we have learned from the LCME self-study and what it means for our upcoming LCME site visit.

Thursday, July 27, 2017; Wednesday, August 16, 2017; Wednesday, September 20, 2017; Wednesday, October 4, 2017
All Sessions are Noon - 1:00 p.m., Pennington Health Science Building, Room 102

To register, please contact Sarah Ries at or (775) 682-7937

Pack Picnic on the Quad

The School of Medicine Alumni Association is proud to sponsor a Pack Picnic on the Quad in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno Alumni Association. Bring your picnic dinner and enjoy the bluegrass sounds of Westwind, along with bounce houses, face painting, watermelon and fresh popcorn. Invite your friends and family to this free, all-ages event.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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For more information please visit the Pack Picnic event page

FREE TICKETS - UNR Med Night with the Reno Aces

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine invite our community faculty members to a night at the ballpark! We want to show our appreciation for your commitment to medical education and provide you, our community faculty, with two free tickets to the game. Register for your tickets at (you may also purchase additional tickets for family and friends).

Saturday, August 19, 2017
Gates Open: 6:05 p.m., Game Time: 7:05 p.m.
Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Avenue, Reno

For more information please contact Nancy Pulliam at or (775) 682-8393

6th Annual Nevada Alumni Association & Southern Nevada Alumni Chapter Event

Join fellow alumni at Cashman Field for a tailgate party and baseball game at the 6th Annual Las Vegas 51's vs. Reno Aces event. Purchase tickets for yourself and the family at with the promotional code WOLFPACK by Wednesday, August 9th.

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Tailgate: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Gates Open: 6:05 p.m., Game Time: 7:05 p.m.
Cashman Field, 850 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas

Please contact Melissa Harkavy with the Las Vegas 51's for information at (702) 943-7240

Clinical Simulation Center Orientation

You are invited to attend UNR Med's "Behind the Glass: A Hands-on Simulation Experience." Participants will be introduced to the UNR Med Simulation Center staff and can take a tour of the simulation lab and standardized patient corridor.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Pennington Health Science Building, Room 222

For more information or to register please contact Kelly Farley, Simulation Coordinator at or (775) 682-7164

Community Faculty Spotlight

Rebecca Papez, M.D.
Rebecca Papez, M.D., Carson Medical Group; UNR Med Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Every day our community faculty illustrate their commitment to educating future physicians through their passion for teaching and examples of excellence. In earlier newsletters, community faculty spotlights were nominated by departments. Our medical students and residents also wanted the opportunity to highlight and show gratitude to their community faculty. This month, Gustave Rossi, MS3, shines a spotlight on Rebecca Papez, M.D., Carson Medical Group; Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

"Last semester, I had the opportunity to complete a preceptorship with Dr. Papez in Carson City. The experience in her office reminded me of why I wanted to go to medical school in the first place. It was inspiring to see the strong and unique relationships Dr. Papez built with each and every one of her patients and their families. The trust and gratitude that each patient had in their doctor was evident. Dr. Papez was not only concerned in treating a child's symptoms, but in building a lasting and personal relationship with each of the families that entered her office. The care and compassion she invested in each patient reflected the passion she has for helping her local community.

Thank you, Dr. Papez, for reminding me that humanity is the core of medicine. I hope to one day build the same trust and relationships that you have worked so hard to achieve with your patients."

In appreciation for her efforts, Dr. Papez and her guest will receive free tickets to a UNR home football game. Thank you again, Dr. Papez, for your support of our students. You are making a difference!

Medical Education Steering Committee Seeks Community Faculty Member

UNR Med is seeking to add the voice of the community faculty to the Medical Education Steering Committee (MESC). The MESC is the primary curriculum committee for the M.D. Program at the School of Medicine and is responsible for the overall design of the medical school curriculum. A community faculty member will be appointed to the committee to serve a three-year term. We look forward to your input on shaping the direction of the medical student curriculum. Community faculty interested in serving on this committee should contact Timothy Baker, M.D., Associate Dean for Medical Education at

Teaching Tips from the Office of Faculty Development

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The Teaching Tips series has been developed to assist you in shaping the professional development of our medical students and residents through effective instructional practices. In the May Teaching Tips, we discussed how learners share in the responsibility for their learning, and provided some suggestions to encourage self-directed learning. Today, we will cover a question that is often intimidating to educators: "What if my student asks me a question I can't answer?" Because patients' presentations and needs are unpredictable, and because practices in medicine change on a regular basis, this situation is inevitable for clinician educators.

There are several good ways to respond when you don't know the answer to a student's question. One way is to be a role model for the learner. "That is a great question! I don't know." This response demonstrates honesty and insight. Furthermore, you've both just identified an area for self-directed learning! Of course, your response of "I don't know," OR "I think the guidelines for treating this have changed since the last time I reviewed this," should be followed by a plan for learning and improvement.

Another good response when time allows is to look up the answer together. This response gives the learner the opportunity to see how you approach researching a question and what references you find valuable. The learner may have the chance to share a reference resource with you as well. This is consistent with UNR Med's medical education program objective 1.1: Demonstrate an investigatory and analytic approach to clinical situations.

If you don't have time at that moment to do a literature search and you do want to know more about the topic for your own practice, suggest that you each read about an aspect of the question and report back at your next meeting. Or you can ask the learner to read about the topic and report back to you at your next session.

Another way to respond is to immediately suggest that the student do some researching: "That is a great question, why don't you read about that and let me know what you learn."

Anytime you've asked a learner to read about something, remember to follow up! This lets them know that you take this seriously, and if they did their research they will want to share what they have learned.

Finally, consider whether the question is relevant or important. Not all questions are created equal. While encouraging their curiosity, explore with the learner why he/she developed this question and whether a different question might better advance the care of your patient.

Community Faculty Survey Follow-up

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Thank you for participating in our community faculty assessment survey. We received an overwhelming response. Drs. Anne Marie Campione, Jim Chiang and Meghan Ward will be receiving a $25 gift card for their efforts. Some of you asked specific questions at the end of the survey and we want to respond; however, as this was a "blind survey" we are unable to do so. If you were one of those who had a special request, will you please email to resubmit your question or call us at (775) 682-8390 and we will get back with you. Once again, we appreciate your time. Please be on the watch for additional surveys this fall.

Savitt Medical Library Opens at Renown Regional Medical Center

Savitt Library at Renown Regional Medical Center
Savitt Medical Library at Renown Regional Medical Center

The Savitt Medical Library is delighted to open a new branch library at Renown Regional Medical Center, located on the 3rd floor of the Sierra Tower with access through the West Kirman Elevators. We invite you to stop by during our open house July 24th-28th between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to meet our team, tour the space and take home a giveaway.

The new space will be available 24-hours a day to serve Renown employees and members of the Renown-affiliated professional and educational community. Savitt medical librarians will be on hand Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help with reference assistance, in-depth literature searching assistance, and instruction (some with CME credits).

For more information about the Savitt Medical Library, please call (775) 682-4625

VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System - Physician Ambassador Program

VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System, Reno, NV
VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System, Reno, NV

As a physician, you have the opportunity to share your time and expertise with our Nation's Veterans, expand your professional network while providing care for our country's most rewarding cause while earning continuing education credits and maintain clinical hours for licensure. This opportunity is for those who meet the existing VA qualification standards. For consideration or more information, call Stephanie Torian at (775) 789-6627, or e-mail your CV, transcripts, and supporting documentation to

From the Office of Diversity & Inclusion

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"The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's mission is to improve the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities," said Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., UNR Med's Dean. "During these times of great transition, the value of our mission is particularly important. We strive for a demonstrated commitment to an institutional culture of respect, compassion and diversity."

As such, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion seeks to educate and encourage the medical community to develop such a culture at the school. This month, we share information about a recent holiday that marks an important point in the United States and for medicine.

On June 19, 1865, some two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, news broke to those Americans in Texas that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free. Since then, generations of African-Americans, along with other ethnic communities, have commemorated the day as one of reflection, faith, renewal, community and cultural pride.

The Juneteenth, "Celebration of Freedom Weekend" is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Celebrated in various ways throughout the country, it seems fitting that as a medical school, we take the time to remember the achievements of African-American physicians throughout their long history of practice.

The abolition of slavery of African-Americans in the Confederate South was in no way the beginning of medical accomplishments and contributions by African-American physicians, but it did mark a crucial point in history. It shifted the direction of the medical profession, making more direct access to the medical profession available to African-Americans in the United States. As medical professionals and those involved with the medical profession in some way, Juneteenth reminds us of the accomplishments that African-American physicians have made and continue to make to the study and practice of medicine.

Did You Know?

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The Nevada Wolf Shop has changed its discount program and now offers the Pack Pride Loyalty program. Pack Pride Loyalty members receive 10% off regular purchases and 5% off textbook purchases. The UNR Med Office for Community Faculty provided your Wolf Card information so that you can take advantage of this new program.

For more information contact the Wolf Shop at (775) 784-6597 or visit

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