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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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Graduation Week Features Artist in Residence Reception at Renown May 18

Art works

Two fourth year University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine students will bring their final Artist in Residence projects to life Thursday, May 18, from 3:30 to 6 p.m., in the Tahoe Tower Lobby at Renown Regional Medical Center.

Barré Guillen brought music to the bedside of Renown patients, allowing him to interact with patients while observing the effect music had on them. Alex Peckham taught improv as a communication tool to Renown Health hospitalists and residents, as well as the UNR Med Office of Academic Affairs. Each student will recreate their "performances" twice during the reception at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Since 2008, the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine has partnered with Renown Health Foundation for the Artist in Residence Program. This elective course encourages fourth year medical school students to explore the connection between medicine, arts and healing. Throughout their final year, students in the Artist in Residence program complete artistic works in the discipline of their choice.

The reception is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Mill St. Parking, and light refreshments will be served. Please visit the School of Medicine website for a complete schedule of graduation week events.

Community Faculty Honored at Appreciation Breakfast

Community faculty breakfast

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine students showed their appreciation to the nearly 70 community faculty physicians who dedicate their time to teaching the next generation of physicians as part of UNR Med's Office for Community Faculty at an appreciation breakfast, April 28 at The Grove in Reno.

Medical students presented their community faculty mentors with a video and gift-wrapped lapel pins, recognizing them as "the heart of the medical school."

During his remarks, Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., said the partnership between UNR Med and its community-based faculty is vital and instrumental as the medical school transforms itself into a Reno-based school. He also thanked the faculty in attendance for transforming the educational experience of medical students and for inspiring them.

To learn more about becoming a community faculty member, please visit the Office for Community Faculty online or at Renown Regional Medical Center on the first floor of the Sierra Tower.

6th Annual Goodman Competition Held at Renown Health

Goodman compitition winners
Photo from left to right: James Kenyon, Ph.D.; Trent Suggs, M.D., Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.; Nancy Brick-Goodman, wife of Phillip H. Goodman, M.D.; Steven Zell, M.D.; Syedda Hussain, M.D., winner of the 6th Annual Philip H. Goodman Excellence in Critical Appraisal Competition; Shane Hawthorne, M.D.; Reka Danko, M.D.; and Sara Goodman, daughter of Phillip H. Goodman, M.D. Photo by Anne McMillin, APR.

Residents from UNR Med's internal medicine, family medicine and psychiatry departments competed in the 6th Annual Philip H. Goodman Excellence in Critical Appraisal Competition April 19 at Renown Health's Mack Auditorium.

Syedda Hussain, M.D., internal medicine resident, took home the win with her presentation on the value of early anti-retroviral treatment in adults with HIV. Fellow competitors included Shane Hawthorne, M.D., family medicine resident, presenting on mild traumatic brain injury in youth and adolescents and Trent Suggs, M.D., psychiatry resident, presenting on the use of ketamine to treat depression.

Judges for the competition included: Tom Schwenk, M.D., dean of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine; Jim Kenyon, Ph.D., senior associate dean for research; and Reka Danko, M.D. '08.

Philip H. Goodman, M.D. began his long career as a researcher and teacher with UNR Med in 1983. He supervised the clinical training of medical students and residents at Washoe Medical Center, and later Renown. He chaired or co-chaired Renown's ethics committee from 1998 until his death in 2010. His family established the Philip H. Goodman Award in Residence Excellence Endowment to honor his lifelong dedication to research and medicine.

Class of 2019 Clinician's Ceremony

Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. Dean, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine invites you to join medical students, faculty, to the Class of 2019 Clinician's Ceremony.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
5 p.m. Registration
5:30 p.m. Ceremony

Milt Glick Ballroom, 4th Floor
Joe Crowley Student Union
University of Nevada, Reno

Please register by Wednesday, June 14

Max Coppes, M.D. Promoted to Section Editor for Pediatric Research

Max Coppes

In 2016, Dr. Coppes was invited to the Editorial Board of Pediatric Research, an international peer reviewed manuscript associated with the American Pediatric Society (APS), the European Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR), and the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR). Pediatric Research (2015 impact factor 2,7610) publishes original translational research papers, invited reviews, and commentaries on the etiologies and treatment of diseases of children and disorders of development, extending from basic science to epidemiology and quality improvement.

He was appointed as Editor in the Section Hematology/Oncology. The role of Editors is to assess manuscripts submitted for publication, identify suitable reviewers, evaluate the recommendations made by the reviewers and based on the reviews make a final recommendation to the Section Editor who communicates with the authors of the manuscript. Effective April 2017, Dr. Coppes has been promoted to Section Editor Hematology/Oncology and will now be responsible for all manuscript submissions in this subspecialty and recruiting suitable Editors for his section.

Department of Pediatrics Annual Report Showcases Collaborative Work Accomplished in 2016

2016 was full of achievements in the Department of Pediatrics with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Renown Children's Hospital partnership.

Accomplishments included the establishment of five sections; three divisions and appointing seven Chiefs providing the Department with shared leadership. The department added board-certified physicians and allowing for third-year medical students to do clerkship rotations with the department. In addition, a generous gift from the Pennington Foundation has allowed us the ability to recruit pediatric subspecialists to enhance healthcare services we provide locally.

Read about all these accomplishments and more in our annual report.

Max Coppes, M.D., Ph.D., MBA
Professor and Nell J. Redfield Chair of Pediatrics
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Physician-in-Chief, Renown Children’s Hospital

Melissa Piasecki, M.D.
Executive Associate Dean
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

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