Community Faculty News

Community Faculty News

March 2019 | Issue 21
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

UNR Med Upcoming Events

Diversity Dialogues

Thursday, March 21, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Thursday, April 18, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine | Pennington Health Sciences 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       

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

This two-day Summit will focus on statewide and local efforts related to preventing, controlling, and managing chronic disease in Nevada. The Summit will showcase successes in the fight against chronic disease issues as well as the innovative and successful programs being developed and implemented in our state. The Summit will provide insights into the accomplishments of statewide, local community-based, and healthcare organizations that are organizing efforts to control chronic disease. In collaboration, we can discuss positive models of change and best practices. The per-participant registration fee is $50 and includes two breakfasts, two lunches, CME/CE certificate, and access to electronic handouts. Use discount code MED 50 to save on registration. A discounted rate of $25 is available for students (must show current student ID at check-in). Registration is available online. For additional information, please contact Tami Duggan at (775) 784-4791 or

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. For questions contact     

50th Anniversary Multi-Specialty Update

Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 8:00 AM
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine | Moana Building | 604 W. Moana Lane | Reno, NV 89509

Earn 2 hours of AB474 Credit! Please join us Saturday morning, March 16th, for a multi-specialty CME program. Satisfy your biennial Nevada licensure requirement by attending Dr. Reka Danko's presentation: "Everything You Need to Know About Opioids." In addition, learn what you can do about obesity and metabolic syndrome by moving towards primordial prevention with Dr. Michael Bloch. Finally, renowned UNR Med professor, Dr. Tom Kozel, will present "A Diagnostic Approach to the Prevention of Cryptococcal Meningitis in the AIDS Patient." Cost is $50 and includes breakfast; however, use the special registration code, MED50, and receive the UNR Med Community Faculty rate of 50% off (final registration cost for UNR Med Community Faculty is $25). Please register online. For questions or inquiries, please contact Tami Duggan at (775) 784-4791 or

Physicians: The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: Nurses may receive continuing education credit for this educational activity as the ANCC accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM through its reciprocity agreement. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

AB474 CME Requirement: This program meets the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners' requirement for 2 hours of training related to the misuse and abuse of controlled substances, the prescribing of opioids, or addiction during each licensure period.

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. This unparalleled celebration commemorates UNR Med's unrivaled history and unlimited future with a champagne welcome, dinner program and dessert reception. Tickets, tables and sponsorships benefit medical student scholarships. 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 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Western Group on Education Affairs (WGEA), Western Group on Student Affairs (WGSA), and the Western Organization of Student Representatives (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   

Professional Portrait Session

Friday, March 29, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine | Pennington Health Sciences Lobby | 1664 S. Virginia Street | Reno, NV 89557

Bring your white coat (or not) and join us for a free professional photo session. Please register with Brin Reynolds to attend this session. For more information contact Brin Reynolds at (775) 682-7347 or         

UNR Med PA Students Poster Presentation

Friday, April 5, 2019 | 12:00 PM
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine | Pennington Medical Education Foyer | 1664 S. Virginia Street | Reno, NV 89557

The UNR Med PA students are having a Poster Party and you are invited to attend. The Underserved Project Lunchtime Poster Presentation for the community is to be held on April 5th at 12:00 pm in the PME Foyer on UNR Med's main campus. The Physician Assistant Studies Program students will be displaying posters highlighting their Underserved Projects as part of their PA Role Development Courses. Areas investigated include Rural Populations, People Living with Homelessness, LGBTQ community, and the Hispanic/Latino communities. Please feel free to stop by and see what the projects entail, have some refreshments and mingle with community members. For more information, contact the PA program at   

Heart and Sole 5K & 1 Mile Run Benefitting the UNR Med Student Outreach Clinic

Saturday, April 20, 2019 | 6:30 AM Check-In | 9:00 AM Race Start
University of Nevada, Reno | Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center Lawn | 1664 N. Virginia Street | Reno, NV 89512

Walk, jog, or race your way to 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 through this student run clinic. Stay with us for a BBQ and live music after the race. Check-in is at 7:00 am on the Knowledge Center Lawn. Race tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students if purchased before April 1st. Please register online. For questions contact UNR Med's American Medical Student Association at or visit   

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 and a guest 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, Nevada 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 17th, 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. Tammy Roesler of Pinecone Pediatrics, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics.
Dr. Tammy Roesler of Pinecone Pediatrics, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Clinical Assistant 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, Molly Svendsen, MS2, shines a spotlight on Tammy Roesler, M.D., a Pediatrician with Pinecone Pediatrics, and a UNR Med Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. 

"I was nervous to be in a Pediatrics preceptorship due to not having much experience with pediatric patients. Dr. Tammy made it so easy to jump in and begin learning. She coached me on how to perform a pediatric history and physical as well as how to present patients and gave tremendously valuable feedback throughout the preceptorship. 

In between seeing patients, Dr. Tammy shared her advice on everything from studying for licensing exams to how to eat a paleo diet. I feel super lucky to have had such an approachable preceptor who helped me gain clinical skills during my second year. She gave me the boost I needed and inspired me to consider Pediatrics in the future!"

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

Inclusive Medicine Series – Did They Really Just Say That?! Being an Active Bystander

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From the Office of Diversity & Inclusion

UNR Med is hosting a training on Bystander Intervention on April 23rd from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, with a reception preceding the event at 5:00 pm, in the Pennington Health Science Building, Room 102. Have you ever been in a conversation when someone said something biased that made you uncomfortable, but you were not sure how to respond? Many of us struggle to address these all too common situations. This training seeks to empower and equip participants to speak out in response to those all too common, "Did they really just say that?!" moments when bias emerges. Participants will learn how to communicate effectively in challenging situations through the employment of strategies that can be tailored to the particular situation at hand. Learning goals include:

1)      Define the bystander effect, microaggressions, and the role of an active bystander.

2)      Articulate at least three research-supported benefits of creating inclusive spaces.

3)      Analyze the context of a situation in which bias has emerged and select a correspondingly appropriate strategy for addressing the incident.

The training will be conducted by Lena Tenney, MPA, MEd., Coordinator of Public Engagement for the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University.

As community faculty, you often educate our medical students and residents in clinical situations, where microaggressions by patients and providers are all-too-common. This training will equip you to notice opportunities to intervene and learn effective skills to respond to the incident such that you can promote an inclusive learning environment. We hope to see you there!

50 for Fifty Giving Campaign Ends March 25th

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From UNR Med Advancement and Engagement

For many students, a scholarship can mean the difference between having a dream and becoming a doctor. The difference between focusing on medical school rather than student loans. Scholarships change the lives of students--the same students who will someday change the lives of others.   

Through scholarship funding, UNR Med students graduate with less debt then the national average. According to a 2018 study conducted by U.S. News & World Report, UNR Med is ranked the 7th most affordable medical school in the U.S. for in-state students. Maintaining our commitment to affordability is critical in recruiting and retaining Nevada's best and brightest students.  

We invite you to support UNR Med students through the 50th Anniversary Scholarship. Established in honor of our history and to sustain our future, this fund will provide annual awards to generations of aspiring physicians.  

Thank you for supporting the 50 for Fifty Giving Campaign. For more information please contact Shari Netzel, UNR Med Director of Development and Alumni Relations at (775) 682-6077 or  

From the UNR Med PA Studies Program

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Preceptors wanted! The UNR Med Physician Assistant Studies Program continues to seek out interested providers that would like to precept students in the inaugural clinical year. The PA students have 12, four-week clerkships in the core disciplines of family, inpatient, emergency, internal and behavioral medicine as well as pediatrics, women's health, and four electives. Preceptors can be MD/DO/PA/APRN/CNM and Psychologists. Clerkships begin in August 2019 and are four weeks in length. The PA students will graduate in August 2020 and will be ready to enter the workforce. This class consists of 24 students that have regional ties and for many of them, this is a second profession. Any current OCF faculty that are interested in precepting PA students can contact Patrick Enking, Director of Clinical Education at or contact the OCF at (775) 682-8390.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's inaugural Physician Assistant (PA) class - the Class of 2020 - is fundraising to attend the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) conference. Our goal is to send five students who will return to share their experiences, enriching the educations of fellow classmates. All in all, we are hoping to raise at least $4,500 in support of the next generation of PA providers for rural Nevada. The AAPA conference is the largest continuing medical education (CME) conference in the world for practicing PAs and PA students. With a network of more than 8,000 attendees, a wide variety of medical education, policy discussions, and hands-on learning opportunities designed to engage students, AAPA 2019 will deliver the content, experiences and opportunities that support our students' success. Our students will enjoy access to hundreds of educational sessions, featuring the latest innovations in medicine from leaders in the medical field with an emphasis in rural, geriatrics, addiction medicine and an Indian Health Services Symposium. For more information about opportunities and opportunity to donate, please visit:

Welcome Speech Pathology and Audiology Community Faculty

Speech Pathology and Audiology Faculty with a patient.

UNR Med and the Office for Community Faculty are thrilled to announce that Speech Pathology and Audiology (SPA) faculty are joining our community faculty ranks. For decades, devoted community Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) have supervised and helped put the finishing touches on graduate education in SLP. While they have historically done this out of a sense of professional duty with no formal recognition or compensation, the faculty of the Speech-Language Pathology program are thrilled to be able to acknowledge the invaluable contribution of our community SLPs. SPA Faculty Liaison, Nikki Murphy, M.S. CCC-SLP said, "We all know how much work our community faculty do for this program and for the profession. Being able to provide them with the benefits offered through the School of Medicine and to start regularly saying thank you is something we are all very excited about." Please join us in welcoming our SLP colleagues!

CME Online Library

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Relicensing? Need AB474, ethics or suicide CME credit? The Office of Continuing Medical Education is excited to offer several online CE/CME opportunities available to our community faculty. Please view our CME Online Library at and let the Office of Continuing Medical Education partner with you in your CE/CME efforts. For assistance please contact Jennifer Norland at (775) 784-4730 or

Did You Know?

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Department Reconfiguration

In an effort to better serve the needs of our community faculty members, we are reconfiguring department assignments to ensure that there is always a point of contact for our UNR Med community faculty. Whereas some specialties may not have their own department, they will be assigned accordingly for ease of communication and access. Most community faculty members will see no change to their department assignment and contact, however some will be moved to align resources for departmental needs and the needs of our community faculty members as they arise. For more information please contact the Office for Community Faculty at (775) 682-8390 or  

UNR Med 50th Anniversary Fast Fact

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In May 1980, the first four-year class of 36 students graduated with medical degrees.

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