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Doctor for a Day


Patient simulators are imperative for medical students to practice with--helping them to imporve critical time management, quick decision-making and communication.

UNR School of Medicine Launches Department of Surgery

• KTVN-TV 2 News

Nevada suffers from a doctor shortage. In fact, the Silver State ranks 49 out of 50 states, with the fewest physicians per capita according to WalletHub. To help improve those numbers, the University of Nevada, Reno just announced the launch of their new department of surgery.

UNR Med launches new department of surgery

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

The University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine (UNR Med), is launching a new department of surgery to keep pace with the high level of interest in surgical careers, and provide all medical students with foundational skills.

How Far Will the Right-to-Die Movement Go?

• Governing

More states may legalize euthanasia for terminally ill patients. But even where it is allowed, some doctors still refuse to offer it. Both proponents and opponents of euthanasia believe more states will adopt the practice in the years to come. “I think it’ll expand before it contracts,” says Brian Callister, associate professor of medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno.

UNR School of Medicine expanding to better serve the community – and Nevada

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

Despite increases in the number of licensed health professionals in the Silver State in recent years, the faster pace of population growth has kept health service availability "treading water," a recent report concludes. In 2017, health care employees made up 11 percent of Nevada's total workforce. Each of the 5,000 physicians in the state generate an additional 55,000 to 56,000 jobs in diverse industries and contribute $2 million to the economy. The UNR School of Medicine is working to enlarge those ripples, Packham and Schwenk said, by increasing the number of medical professionals in Northern Nevada and adding new programs.

School Watch: Bilingual Grant


In School Watch, the UNR School of Medicine is teaming up with local high schools to encourage bilingual students to pursue a career in STEM.

Nevada Health Center brings health care options for rural patients

• Elko Daily Free Press

Because of the need for rural physicians, Nevada Health is working with the University of Nevada, Reno’s School of Medicine to bring in four residents in the next two years to work at the center starting in July.

Nevada adds $34.35 million to Medicaid management system

• Nevada Appeal

The board also approved more than $3.5 million to expand the Graduate Medical Education program beyond the University Medical Center in Las Vegas. Jensen said the program in cooperation with the UNR Medical School, provides residencies for students to include potentially all public hospitals.

VA committed to honoring service in 2018 and beyond: Howard

• Reno Gazette Journal

The staff and volunteers at VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System are committed to honoring service. We usher in a new year of modernization and development to improve our infrastructure and services to support health care delivery to nearly 34,000 veterans. Critical to our recruitment efforts are our partnerships with the University of Nevada School of Medicine and a dozen other educational institutions to grow the number of internships, residency and fellowship positions in many health care occupations.

Indy Explains: Who pays the individual mandate penalty in Nevada?

• The Nevada Independent

John Packham, director of health policy research in the state’s rural health office, noted that Nevada’s rural counties made some of the most significant gains in health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Five Questions with DMD Researcher Dean Burkin


Dean Burkin, professor of pharmacology and directory of cellular and molecular pharmacology and physiology graduate program at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $300,000 over three years to test the effects of an existing FDA-approved drug on the function of heart and skeletal muscle in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

To Unlock the Brain’s Mysteries, Purée It: A Vanderbilt neuroscientist has discovered an unusual but shockingly fruitful way to study our most enigmatic organ.

• The New York Times

In the last 12 years, Herculano-Houzel, now a researcher and professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, has acquired the brains of more than 130 species. She and her collaborator Christopher von Bartheld, a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, published a paper last year summing up their detective work.

Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce 2018 Leadership Class

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

The Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce announced the professionals selected for enrollment in its 2018 Leadership class comprising professionals from Chamber member organizations, including UNR Med's Collette Witt.

David Leitner and Wei Yan, University of Nevada, Reno

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

David Leitner and Wei Yan, faculty members at the University of Nevada, Reno, have been awarded distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Directors

• Northern Nevada Business Weekly

Adonis Hardeman, Gayle Halminiak, Ken Munsterman, Danielle Eaton and Liana McGill have been named directors in the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's (UNR Med) Office of Operations and Financial Services.

New Grant to Attract Bilingual Spanish-English High School Students for Careers in Health Care: $1.25 Million Science Education Partnership Award Received by the Raggio Research Center for Work Aiming to Bring Linguistic Diversity to STEM-Focused Fields in Nevada

• Nevada Today

A University of Nevada, Reno project aiming to increase linguistic diversity within the healthcare workforce was recently one of 15 new Science Education Partnership Awards granted in fiscal year 2017. The project is funded for $1.25 million over five years through The National Institute of General Medical Sciences, a program of the National Institutes of Health. This is the first SEPA grant awarded in Nevada.

Women at UNR Med are Encouraged to Pursue Orthopaedics

• The Nevada Sagebrush

In an effort to encourage more women to pursue a career in orthopedics, the University of Nevada, Reno, hosted the Perry Outreach Program on Thursday, Nov. 9 and Friday, Nov. 10. The Perry Outreach Program provided medical students with the opportunity to experience hands-on work in orthopedic and engineering procedures.