Nevada Medicine Weekly

Nevada Medicine Weekly | January 8, 2019

News for A Healthy Nevada

50th Anniversary Golden Gala

Save the date for UNR Med’s 50th Anniversary Golden Gala

March 25, 2019 marks the 50 year anniversary of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school. Last May, the school embarked on a year-long, community-wide celebration themed "Unrivaled history. Unlimited future." that will conclude at UNR Med's Hooding Ceremony in May 2019.

The School of Medicine is commemorating five decades of excellence in medical education that has resulted in training more than 3,100 physicians with approximately 40 percent practicing in Nevada.

A 50th Anniversary Golden Gala will be held Saturday, March 16 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno starting at 6 p.m.

The public is invited. Cost is $100 per person or $800 for a table of 8. Premium tables are available for $1,600. To reserve a ticket or table, please visit or contact Lauren Siri, events manager, at (775) 682-7342 or

Details on UNR Med's 50th anniversary celebrations, including events, stories, history, news and donor support information, are available at

Read more about UNR Med's 50th Anniversary Golden Gala


Reminder: Strategic Planning and Organizational Development Town Hall on Jan. 16

Help shape UNR Med's future. UNR Med is preparing to launch a new strategic plan on July 1, 2019! Join us for the results of the strategic planning survey and review and provide your input to the school's strategic priorities for the next three years. Plus, hear more about organizational development, a new initiative that supports the school's strategic planning and culture.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

For questions, please contact Carolyn Brayko at

Synapse Story Solicitation

We're seeking great stories to fill the pages of the spring/summer 2019 edition of Synapse magazine. If you have a story idea you'd like us to consider, please email Tiffany Hoffman,, by Friday, January 25. Need some inspiration? The spring/summer 2018 issue is available online.

Faces of the Pack

The University is looking to feature medical students for its ongoing #FacesOfThePack feature on Instagram. Do you know a medical student who is passionate about what they do and inspires others? In just one or two sentences nominate them! The Office of Marketing and Communications will take it from there, including interviewing and getting a photo of the individual. The posts garner tremendous engagement and are an excellent pipeline to future students. Please ensure the student you are nominating is fine with being contacted for a feature. 

Using Virtual Reality in Medical and Nursing Student Training

University Libraries at the University of Nevada, Reno, along with UNR Med, Renown and several other University departments are working together to revolutionize nursing and medical education at Nevada.

A pilot study at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center uses Virtual Reality (VR) to place students in medical emergency situations with a simulated patient, nurse and doctor. University Libraries created a 360-degree video that serves as the students' functional laboratory. This study is bringing medical and nursing students together in a cross-functional learning environment.

Watch KTVN's Health Watch segment on the partnership.

Find the full story in Nevada Today.

Immunize Nevada Lecture – Jan. 10

You are invited to join UNR Med partners Immunize Nevada and Renown Health for "Past, Present, and Future: Vaccine Innovations," a lecture by Leonard Friedland, M.D., Thursday, Jan. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Renown Regional Medical Center. As GSK Vaccines' Vice President and Director of Scientific Affairs and Public Health, Dr. Friedland is involved in the development of vaccines for children, adolescents and adults, including vaccines for the prevention of flu, meningitis, whooping cough, rotavirus, hepatitis, measles and shingles. Continuing education credit is available. The event is free, but reservations are appreciated.

CME Ethics Course – Jan. 15

Don't miss a dynamic roundtable discussion about living well and avoiding physician burnout on January 15 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Northern Nevada Medical Center Medical Office Building at 2385 E. Prater Way, Suite 201/203 in Sparks. UNR Med Dean Thomas Schwenk, M.D., Quinn Pauly, M.D., Steven Graybar, Ph.D. and the Coalition and Physician Family Resource Line will lead the discussion. One hour of Ethics CME credit will be available. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided and spouses/significant others are encouraged to attend.

RSVP for the event


Congratulations to the ICS Staff

Congratulations to the ICS staff on drastically improving the phone answer rates for the family medicine department. In a very short time, they have increased the rate of answered calls from 58 percent to 85 percent. This significant improvement results in a greater patient experience by ensuring patients are able to see their providers in a timely fashion and receive high-quality care.

Congratulations to Yumei Feng

Congratulations to Yumei Feng, associate professor at UNR Med's Department of Pharmacology, for being named the 2019 Research and Innovation Leadership Fellow. Learn more in Nevada Today

Did you know?

50th anniversary logo

During the conversion of the School of Medical Sciences into a four-year medical school in 1979, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (yes, the breakfast cereal company) gave a five-year grant of $680,304 toward the development of medical education in Las Vegas.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Holiday: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday

January 21, 2019

Events for January 8 – 15, 2019

ECHO Clinics: Medication-Assisted Treatment

January 9, 2019 • 12–1:30 p.m.
Tapering Off Suboxone

ECHO Clinics: Cardiology

January 10, 2019 • 8–9 a.m.
Anti-platelet and Coagulate Therapy

Geriatric Lecture Series

January 10, 2019 • 8:30–10:45 a.m.
Vitamin D-Hype, Hope and Controversies, Hormone Replacement Therapy, and Hypertension

ECHO Clinics: Public Health

January 11, 2019 • 10–11 a.m.
Intimate Partner Violence: A Public Health Priority for EMS Providers

ECHO Clinics: Complex Pediatrics

January 11, 2019 • 12–1 p.m.
Growth and Puberty Issues in Children

Student Outreach Clinics: Geriatric and Dermatology Clinics

January 12, 2019 • 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
Geriatric (55+) & Dermatology Clinic

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