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Inside Nevada Medicine | May 21, 2019

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Thomas Schwenk

Reflections from the Dean

Commencement 2019: It's just the beginning

By Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.

Commencement for the UNR Med Class of 2019 marked the end of a long phase of formal education and the beginning of a lifetime of informal—but even more critical—learning and professional growth.

The same is true to some extent to the School of Medicine itself, as we close a yearlong celebration of our 50th anniversary. We will forever remember the cumulative efforts and contributions of all who have come before us-Governor Paul Laxalt, the Nevada state legislature, the Board of Regents, community and business leaders, and prominent Reno physicians, in addition to the more than 3,500 students, residents and fellows who have been educated and trained at UNR Med, a prestigious group of alumni the Class of 2019 now joins.

This "formal" phase of our first 50 years of growth and development will now be followed by a continuing and innovative phase of new programs to support our fundamental missions, greater service to the community, sophisticated research and teaching initiatives, and a constant focus on our culture of diversity and inclusion.

Four years ago, the journey for the Class of 2019 began with orientation, Family Day (pancakes!) and our White Coat Ceremony. Now, the Class of 2019 will embark on a lifetime of service, contributions to their community, and experiences of the greatest intensity and emotion that come with medical practice at the highest level. They will take their skills, knowledge and expertise out into a world that needs them so much.

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