Nevada Medicine Weekly

Nevada Medicine Weekly | January 22, 2019

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Carolyn Brayko, Ph.D., director, organizational development and strategic planning

Carolyn Brayko, Ph.D., director, organizational development and strategic planning

Moving our mission forward: Charting the future of UNR Med

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., kicked off UNR Med's 2020-2022 strategic planning session at a well-attended town hall Jan. 16 on campus.

"We frequently reference our ‘unlimited future,'" Dr. Schwenk said to UNR Med faculty and staff. "The best way to guarantee an unlimited future is to invest in understanding exactly who we are, where we are, what we are here to accomplish, how we are going to accomplish it and how we will know when we have been successful."

Dr. Schwenk introduced Carolyn Brayko, Ph.D., in her new role as director of organizational development and strategic planning. Brayko will lead the school's organizational development efforts, including guiding long-range, institutional change and improvement projects. Specifically, she will oversee school-wide strategic planning and culture change initiatives.

Brayko guided attendees through UNR Med's strategic planning priorities for 2020-2022:

  • We will continuously enhance medical education and training excellence through our strategic priorities: strategically recruiting faculty, assessing and expanding our clinical platform, building clinical research and engaging our community.
  • By strategically recruiting and retaining faculty, UNR Med will create external relationships, develop an internal graduate medical education pipeline and build value in faculty career development.
  • As we assess and expand our clinical platform, we will grow our multi-specialty primary care footprint in northern Nevada, expand our network of clinical partners and focus on improving the quality of patient experience.
  • Through building our clinical research, we will align our research priorities with Nevada's health needs, develop services to support faculty research and enhance clinical research skills training for academic faculty.
  • And, by engaging our community, we will further build UNR Med's academic reputation nationally, enhance the UNR Med clinical brand locally and increase our outreach to the communities we serve.

If you were unable to attend the town hall, the slides are available online. For questions, please contact Carolyn Brayko, Ph.D., at

Learn more about Carolyn Brayko, Ph.D., director, organizational development and strategic planning.


Rural health: Cultural considerations for health providers

The Diversity Health Series, sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, continues with “Rural health: Cultural considerations for health providers,” on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 12-1 p.m. in PME 102. The discussion, led by Patrick Enking, M.S., PA-C, DFAAPA, professor and director of clinical education for the Physician Assitant Studies Program, will outline how specific areas are determined to be rural and identify population, public and environmental factors that may play a role in the cultural understanding and experience of being a health care provider in a rural or frontier community.

The event is free and open to the public and approved for 1.0 CME. Please use the self-serve kiosk if you need a parking permit.

Reminder: Synapse magazine story ideas due Jan. 25

If you have a story idea you’d like the editorial board to consider for the spring/summer 2019 edition of Synapse magazine, please send it to Tiffany Hoffman,, by Friday, Jan. 25. Thank you in advance for helping to tell the stories of the School of Medicine!

UNR Med Office for Community Faculty celebrates third anniversary

The Office for Community Faculty celebrated their third anniversary by giving back to our community partners who share their time, knowledge and abilities with our UNR Med learners.

Visits included trips to thank our friends and partners at Barton Health, Carson Tahoe Physicians Clinic, Northern Nevada HOPES, Peavine Family Practice, Aspen Pediatrics, Saint Mary’s Health Network and Dr. Ron Smith.

A huge thank you to all our community faculty members for their commitment to medical education.

Did you know?

50th anniversary logo

In 1976, the H. Edward Manville Medical Sciences Building was completed, funded by federal grants, university funds and donations, including $375,000 from the Fleischmann Foundation, for a total of $1.7 million. The building included offices, an auditorium, a multi-disciplinary laboratory and an anatomy laboratory.

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ECHO Clinics: Medication-Assisted Treatment

January 23, 2019 • 12–1:30 p.m.
How to Integrate Behavioral Health in the Primary Care Setting

ECHO Clinics: Sports Medicine

January 24, 2019 • 8–9 a.m.
Pediatric Concussion Update

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January 25, 2019 • 12–1 p.m.

Student Outreach Clinics: General and Pediatrics Clinics

January 26, 2019 • 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
General and Pediatric Clinic

Integrating Prevention and Care as We Work towards Getting to Zero in Nevada

January 28–30, 2019
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UNR Med Research Uncovers New Reason For Male Infertility

January 16, 2019 • This is Reno
A University of Nevada School of Medicine researcher has revealed a new source of male infertility. According to School of Medicine Professor, Wei Yan, M.D., new research as uncovered efferent duct obstructions as a new cause of male infertility, correcting a long-held concept regarding sperm transport.

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January 15, 2019 • KTVN Channel 2 News
In Health Watch, northern Nevadans will soon have more access to health care resources. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is working to develop a 3-story clinical practice at 745 West Moana Lane.

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University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine expands health care services in northern Nevada

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) is expanding both health care services and clinical education for medical students, physician assistant students and residents in northern Nevada with the purchase of 745 West Moana Lane in Reno. UNR Med is transforming the existing three-story building into a multi-specialty clinical practice that will be patient-centered as both a model of outstanding medical care and medical education.

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