Nevada Medicine Weekly

Nevada Medicine Weekly | April 3, 2018

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NCET 2018 educator of the year story

UNR Med’s Kirk Bronander, M.D., honored as NCET’s 2018 Educator of the Year

NCET, Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, has announced Kirk Bronander, M.D., professor and medical director of simulation at UNR Med as the 2018 Educator of the Year. Dr. Bronander’s recognition in this category represents the quality education that is essential to the success of medical students becoming tomorrow's leading physicians, and the foundation of UNR Med’s educational system.

“Dr. Bronander embodies the best of medical education,” said Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.  “His innovative, high-tech diagnostic and treatment approaches, combined with a dedication to the learner, is exceptional.”

Dr. Bronander splits his time teaching internal medicine to UNR Med medical students in the classroom and in the School’s high fidelity simulation lab, and at Renown Medical Center where he is a patient care physician educator teaching resident physicians at the bedside. He is an early adopter and advocate of using the technology in his teaching. As the medical director of simulation at UNR Med, Bronander uses mannequins to imitate real life clinical scenarios to teach medical students how to care for patients facing life-threatening situations, including heart attacks, opioid overdoses, etc. "We don't expect pilots to fly without simulation. We shouldn't expect our doctors to practice without simulation either," said Bronander.

The NCET Technology Awards, along with the EDAWN Awards will be held on April 5 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa at 5 p.m. Tickets and information are available through NCET.

Continue reading the full news release.


Safe Zone Training for Healthcare Providers – April 5

Please join us for Safe Zone training at the next Diversity Health Series Thursday, April 5 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in PHS 103. Safe Zone training helps to further the mission of UNR Med’s diverse and inclusive environment. Those who have completed Safe Zone training are able to indicate to others that they are open to discussing and being supportive of LGBTQ+ individuals and identities.

The Safe Zone training is free and open to the public and has been approved for one continuing medical education credit. Questions? Please contact Christopher Kloth.

Save the date! Academic Hooding Ceremony May 18

Our fourth-year students have been matched, and it’s almost time for them to cross the graduation stage with their hard-earned M.D. degree. The class of 2018 academic hooding ceremony will be at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts at 1:00 p.m. with the processional line-up at 12:30 p.m., the hooders rehearsal at 11:30 a.m. and class photo and student rehearsal at 9 a.m.

All faculty participating in the processional, please register in advance. Regalia is required. If you wish to rent regalia, please email Genila Nicely at or call (775) 682-9605.

Scott Earley, Ph.D., awarded nearly $7M in NIH funding

Professor of Pharmacology Scott Earley, Ph.D., was awarded three grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH): $2,054,577 through 2022 for “TRP channel-dependent regulation of arterial tone,” $2,139,308 through 2022 for “Structural basis of peripheral coupling sites regulating arterial smooth muscle contractility” and $2,659,539 for “Sensory mechanisms in brain capillary endothelial cells that initiates functional hyperemia.” 

Earley’s research program focuses on understanding fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms that control cerebral vascular function, with emphasis on ion channels, subcellular Ca2+dynamics, and other signaling cascades. Current projects include studies on the molecular architecture of peripheral coupling sites in vascular smooth muscle cells, the roles of transient receptor potential (TRP) cation channels in vascular smooth muscle cell and endothelial function, novel neurovascular coupling pathways regulating functional hyperemia in the brain, and genetic models of progressive cerebral small vessel disease.

Project 2025: An FSH Society profile on Ryan Wuebbles, Ph.D.

Dean Schwenk has been known to describe medicine as a calling rather than a profession, making it a deeply personal field. UNR Med researcher Ryan Wuebbles, Ph.D., is hard at work each day in the Peter and Takako Jones lab to find therapies for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), the most prevalent muscular dystrophy. In a profile written for the FSH Society, Wuebbles opens up about his own FSHD diagnosis and how it motivated him to dedicate his life to medical research. 

Continue reading the extraordinary story of UNR Med researcher Ryan Wuebbles, Ph.D.

Culture Survey Results: Find Out What Was Said—And What Comes Next

Learn the results of the Denison-administered culture survey by registering for a Data Dialogue. During these conversations, you’ll learn about the successes and the challenges we face here at UNR Med. We appreciate your contributions as we discover together how our culture—and as a result, our workplace—can continue to evolve.

To register for a Data Dialogue, select the group that best describes your role.

Please contact Jennifer Hagen or Carolyn Brayko with questions about the culture initiative.

Upcoming Events

Events for April 3 – 10, 2018

ECHO Clinics: Pain Management

April 4, 2018 • 8–9 a.m.
Pre-surgical Psychological Screening for Spinal Cord Stimulators and Pain Pumps: What to Look For?

ECHO Clinics: Diabetes and General Endocrine

April 5, 2018 • 8–9 a.m.
Case Consultations

ECHO Clinics: Complex Pediatrics

April 6, 2018 • 12–1 p.m.
Antibiotic Use in Pediatrics

Student Outreach Clinics: General and Pediatrics Clinics

April 7, 2018 • 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
General and Pediatric Clinic

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April 2, 2018 • KTVN
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Around the State: April 2018, UNR School of Medicine Granted Full Accreditation through 2026

April 1, 2018 • Nevada Business Magazine
The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) has granted the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine a renewed accreditation through the year 2026. The school spent a year preparing for the accreditation visit last October.

UNR School of Medicine Granted Full Accreditation through 2026

April 1, 2018 • Nevada Business
The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) has granted the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine a renewed accreditation through the year 2026.

Bowen, Reynolds join UNR Med’s Advancement and Engagement department

March 29, 2018 • Northern Nevada Business Weekly
Tessa Bowen and Brin Reynolds have joined the staff at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's Advancement and Engagement department.

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UNR Med Dean Schwenk and staff participate in Renown Children’s Hospital Radiothon

March 27, 2018
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) is proud to partner with Renown Health to provide quality, accessible health care to our community. And, vitally important - to increase the number of physicians who train and practice in Nevada.

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