Community Faculty News

Community Faculty News

March 2017 | Issue 8
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

You Asked, We Listened

Many of you asked that our events have a more prominent position in the newsletter. Our events will now be the first item you can read about and add to your calendars. We look forward to seeing you at a community faculty event in the near future.

Mistreatment, Harassment & the Ethical Issues Related to Teaching Learners

Thursday, March 23, 2017
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Renown Regional Medical Center, Mack Auditorium

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. This program meets the sexual harassment and discrimination training requirement for UNR Med Faculty. Approved for 2.00 ethics CME credits. Reserve your seat by March 22, 2017.

So, You Want to Do Research: An Overview to Conducting Clinical Research with Medical Students

Friday, April, 14, 2017
12:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Renown Regional Medical Center, Mack Auditorium

This program is for community faculty who are interested in undertaking clinical research projects conducted by medical students that they oversee. Topics covered will include human research protection and biomedical research ethics, clinical practice guidelines and navigating the IRB. Approved for 3.50 CME credits including 2.00 ethics CME credits. Reserve your seat by April 7, 2017.

Heart & Sole 5K for the Student Outreach Clinic

Saturday, April 22, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
UNR Campus in front of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center

Walk, jog, or race your way across the finish line to support the Student Outreach Clinic at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine! Proceeds help provide free primary care to uninsured Nevadans. Grab your running shoes and register now!

Community Faculty Appreciation Breakfast

Friday, April 28, 2017
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Program & Student Tribute begins at 7:20 am
The Grove

Students of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., and the Office for Community Faculty invite our community faculty to breakfast in appreciation for all you do in educating and mentoring our medical students. You won't want to miss the special tribute the medical students and residents have put together! Reserve your seat by April 21, 2017.

Hooding Ceremony Regalia Information

If you are interested in participating in the faculty processional as part of the UNR Med Class of 2017 Hooding Ceremony and need regalia, please contact Genila Nicely at or at (775) 682-9605. The deadline to order is March 20th.

Sign Up For Quick Information

The Office for Community Faculty has created a listserv to quickly inform you about UNR Med events, on-campus lectures, announcements, and opportunities to earn CME credits. To sign up email Nancy Pulliam (, OCF Administrative Assistant and type "Sign Me Up" in the subject line or contact the Office for Community Faculty at (775) 682-8390.

Community Faculty Spotlight

Dennis T. Yamamoto, M.D.
Dennis T. Yamamoto, M.D., Digestive Health Associates, Clinical Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Every day our community faculty illustrate their commitment to educating future physicians through their passion for teaching and examples of excellence. The Office for Community Faculty would like to shine the spotlight on one of the greatest assets of the School of Medicine, our community faculty. YOU are making a difference.

This month's spotlight is Dennis T. Yamamoto, M.D., Digestive Health Associates, Clinical Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

How long have you been serving as a Community Faculty member?

I became community faculty in 1991 and have served ever since.

How do you serve as a Community Faculty member?

I am a preceptor to first year students, give residency training lectures, teach electives with Digestive Health Associates and lecture to the first and second year students.

What is your favorite part of being a Community Faculty member?

My favorite part is seeing students and residents learn. Teaching life lessons through medicine.

What would you tell other physicians who are thinking about serving as a Community Faculty?

Becoming a community faculty member is a way to give back to the profession. It does take time, but it is quite rewarding. It is one of many things in the day that keeps me honest and keeps me up to date with well evaluated data.

What impactful experience have you had as a Community Faculty member?

One of many things I do in Reno is to give lunch time talks to students in "at risk" high schools about a career in health care. The students are from families that have not had much formal education. Few (if any) of these students have college-educated parents let alone parents who finished high school. I start my talk by asking the students, "How many of you are 16 and 17 years of age?" Almost all raise their hands. Then I say, "My education after high school graduation to become a gastroenterologist, has taken as long as you have been alive." I say this to give them a perspective of what it takes but I quickly add, "If someone told me when I graduated from high school that it would take 16-17 years of formal education to become a gastroenterologist, I would have said, "you are crazy, I am not going to do that!" My point is that if I could do it, anyone can do it. It is not easy but nothing worthwhile is easy and comes quickly. About 10 years after one of these lunch talks, I was approached by a first-year medical student at UNR Med. She came up to me to thank me for the talk and how she got the message and was now in medical school.

Why do I continue to serve as a Community Faculty member at UNR Med?

I get a sense of fulfillment. It is my way to give back to my profession. I am a graduate of a community based medical school with no formal university hospital. Much of my learning came from community physicians who volunteered their time.

Honor Those Who Showed You How

Honor those who showed you how

For nearly 50 years, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine community physicians have educated our students. As you are well aware, our students will save lives, not because we told them how, but because a physician, like you, showed them how.

As National Doctors' Day approaches on March 30th, we are offering a new way to commemorate the occasion, by inviting our alumni and community faculty to celebrate a physician who made the difference in their medical education with a gift in a physician's honor. We can't think of a better way to acknowledge the physician who first "showed you how," than to support all of you who are showing our current students how.

By making a gift online, you will support the expansion of community-based education through our Office for Community Faculty. We will notify your selected physician of your gift with a mailed card, as well as inclusion in our Doctors' Day Honor Roll on the UNR Med website. You can also choose to make your gift anonymously or in memoriam of a physician who has passed.

Community faculty are vital to the success of UNR Med; we sincerely thank you for your contributions and celebrate the role you play every single day to shape the future of health care.

If you have questions about UNR Med's Doctors' Day campaign, please contact Seema Donahoe, Director of Development, at (775) 682-7304 or stop by the Office for Community Faculty, located in Renown Regional Medical Center's Sierra Tower.

Physician Assistant Studies Program Update

Faculty and Staff of the Physician Assistant Studies Program
Faculty and Staff of the UNR Med Physician Assistant Studies Program

The newly created UNR Med Physician Assistant Studies Program is looking forward to receiving accreditation status news this month. The site visit went well in October and the faculty is continuing to move forward with curriculum development. In this process, we are reaching out to community providers and faculty that may be interested in teaching or precepting PA students. This includes physician assistants, nurse practitioners and certified midwives as well as physicians. The PA faculty would like to thank the greater Reno community for participating in our development and look forward to helping meet the healthcare workforce needs and improving access to care for the Nevada citizens. If you are interested in being part of the growth of the PA program, please contact Alexis Hutchings at

Student Outreach Clinic Needs Volunteers

The Student Outreach Clinic (SOC) is a medical student run clinic that provides free, quality medical care to the uninsured and underinsured patients of the greater Reno area. Medical students see patients to obtain a history and physical, and then present the patients to community physicians. Together, the preceptor and medical student develop an assessment and plan to treat the patient. The SOC serves as an intangible source of education for medical students, while providing an important service to our community. The SOC is held three to four times a month with a variety of clinics including general and pediatric clinics, well women's clinics, and a combined dermatologic and geriatric clinic. If you are an active community faculty member and would like to get involved or if you know of someone who is not an active community faculty member, but would like to be involved, please contact Zach Paquette, MS1 at for more details.

Did You Know?

Community faculty members are entitled to the university faculty discounted membership rate at the new UNR E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center. Memberships may be purchased at the fitness center for $120/semester or $360 annually. Members must use their WolfCard (obtained through the OCF) in order to be admitted into the fitness center.


  • Weights: Two floors of Bodymaster® complete circuit training equipment as well as 9,000 lbs. of free weights. Recently added five new Forza Strength Systems® multi use pro power racks to help you get the most out of your workout.
  • Cardio Theater: Experience the latest in fitness technology in our state-of-the-art Cardio Theater. Each piece of Cardio equipment comes with its own flat panel television to use while you workout. Equipment includes 15 new state of the art Woodway® treadmills, 10 recumbent and upright bicycles, 2 rowing machines, 8 Stepmill® Stairmasters and 14 Precor® EFX elliptical trainers.
  • Drop-In Classes: Including CrossFit, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, cycling, and more.
  • Indoor: 1/8th mile running track.


The E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center is located off North Virginia Street, across from the Joe Crowley Student Union, and to the left of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex. Hourly parking permits are available in the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex for $1.50 per hour. Permit kiosks are located on the top floor of the parking complex and take both cash and credit/debit card.


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Saturday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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