Nevada Medicine Weekly

Nevada Medicine Weekly | May 1, 2018

News for A Healthy Nevada

PA Studies program awarded accreditation

Physician Assistant Studies Program awarded accreditation

Program combats shortage of Nevada healthcare providers and improves healthcare access

A new program to increase healthcare professionals for northern Nevada and the state has received the green light to move forward. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program received Accreditation-Provisional by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education (ARC-PA). The first class of 24 PA students begins instruction on July 2, 2018 at the University of Nevada, Reno Redfield Campus in south Reno. 

UNR Med's PA Studies Program is the first such program in the Nevada System of Higher Education and supports the Educated and Healthy Citizenry priority outlined in Governor Brian Sandoval's Strategic Priorities. The School of Medicine joined forces with key healthcare partner, Renown Health, to provide program development, start-up and clinical training. Longtime supporter William N. Pennington Foundation has provided critical facility, equipment and technology support.  

Students will attend a 25-month, full-time professional master's degree program that includes academic and clinical courses, clinical skills training and supervised clinical practice. Upon completion, PAs will be prepared to enter practice immediately and will be qualified to conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, write prescriptions and even deliver babies.  

Continue reading the full news release.


Have a marketing project or event coming up? Make the UNR Med Brand Toolkit work for you!

Exciting things are happening at UNR Med, and with the 50th anniversary celebration quickly approaching, the next year is going to be even more eventful! By now, you're likely familiar with the UNR Med Brand Toolkit, but do you know about all the things it can help you do? Tools including official UNR Med logos, fonts, colors and templates are available if you're a DIY-er, but the Advancement and Engagement team is also available if you need a little extra help. Simply fill out one of the following forms, allowing for appropriate lead time, and A+E will get to work on your request. 

  • Project Request Form, six-week lead time: Request a custom communications, marketing, web, photography or video project. This includes photography or videography at an event.
  • Artwork Review Form: Have your completed project reviewed for suggestions or brand compliance. 
  • Print Release Form, five-day lead time: The University requires prior approval, a print release, for all printing or production projects which cost $50 or more and are paid for on a University purchasing card.
  • Event Request Form, three-month lead time: This is required for any event involving NSHE leadership, University leadership, donors or events publicly portraying UNR Med.

Congratulations, 3MT@Nevada winners!

Congratulations to Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology graduate student Robert del Carlo and Cellular and Molecular Biology graduate student Vanessa Gutierrez for winning first and second place in the doctoral category at this year's 3MT@Nevada competition! Del Carlo's presentation, "Love evol: Charting evolution's wandering walk" also won the inaugural People's Choice Award and first place overall, while Gutierrez won third place overall with "Let's go viral." Both students were invited to compete in the Southwest Showdown 3 Minute Grad Slam Saturday, April 28 in Phoenix, Arizona where they were joined by finalists from Northern Arizona University; University of Arizona and University of Nevada, Las Vegas for a chance to win a share of a prize pool totaling $6,5000. 


Iain Buxton, Pharm.D., FAHA, published in Nature: Scientific Reports

Department of Pharmacology Foundation Professor Iain Buxton, Pharm.D., FAHA, was published in Nature: Scientific Reports for his work titled "S-nitrosoglutathione reductase underlies the dysfunctional relaxation to nitric oxide in preterm labor." The article demonstrates that women who enter labor preterm have a dysfunctional response to the classical relaxation pathway, first described by Robert F. Furchgott, et al. for the 1998 Nobel Prize. Buxton and his colleagues explore new approaches to relax the uterus at the time of labor and offers hope for the development of new approaches to preventing preterm delivery.

Continue reading the full article.

Welcome to UNR Med: Thai students participate in reciprocal exchange April 12 – May 9

Thai medical students Sirada "Minnie" Chutchukiatkul, Pavitra "Nat" Charoensrisakkul, Kwanchanok "Kwan" Chanthowong and Tanapol "Kidd" Roongfa-ngarm are participating in UNR Med clinical rotations and instruction as part of an exchange program with PMK University, our partner school in Bangkok. Over the last 10 years, several UNR Med students have been hosted at PMK, and we are thrilled to welcome these four students.

From April 12 - May 9, these learners will have primary assignments in their chosen specialties and will also participate in classroom and social activities, including, the Student Outreach Clinic, Project ECHO Nevada and the Heart & Sole 5K

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Holiday: Memorial Day

May 28, 2018

Events for May 1 – 8, 2018

ECHO Clinics: Pain Management

May 2, 2018 • 8–9 a.m.
CDC Guidelines for Opiate Prescribing Practices

Diabetes Self-Management

May 2, 2018 • 9–11:30 a.m.
A seven week workshop that provides people living with diabetes and their caregivers the proper tools to live their healthiest lives.

ECHO Clinics: Diabetes and General Endocrine

May 3, 2018 • 8–9 a.m.
Case Consultations

Nevada Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting

May 4–5, 2018
May 4-5, 2018 | Renaissance Hotel | Las Vegas, Nevada

ECHO Clinics: Complex Pediatrics

May 4, 2018 • 12–1 p.m.
Promoting Parent Engagement and Responding to Problematic Adherence in Type 1 Diabetes

Aphasia Communication Clinic

May 4, 2018 • 2:30–3:30 p.m.
The aphasia communication clinic supports a Life Participation Approach to Aphasia for stroke and brain injury survivors.

Cancer: Thriving and Surviving

May 7, 2018 • 1–3:30 p.m.
Weekly workshop focuses on coaching and empowering participants to overcome barriers and successfully manage their own care.

More events

Submit an event

In The News
Latest In The News

Donor Network Garden

April 27, 2018 • KTVN
Today the Nevada Donor Network dedicated a memorial garden in honor of local eye, organ and tissue donors on the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine campus. The garden is filled with plants known for their healing properties.

From Breast Cancer To Bodybuilding

April 24, 2018 • KUNR
Every year a group of women gets together to begin the journey of taking back their physical and mental health, after battling breast cancer.

More In The News

Just Released
Latest News

UNR Med Statement Regarding Coverage of Due Diligence Audit

April 28, 2018
In November 2013, the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education approved a plan for the development of a new allopathic medical school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Physician Assistant Studies Program awarded accreditation

April 26, 2018
A new program to increase healthcare professionals for northern Nevada and the state has received the green light to move forward.

UNR Med hosts inaugural Inclusive Medicine Series featuring Dr. Maya Hammoud, promotes newly re-established Group on Women in Medicine and Science

April 24, 2018
The UNR Med Office for Diversity and Inclusion and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) presented its inaugural Inclusive Medicine Series, last Thursday, April 19. Maya Hammoud, M.D., professor, obstetrics and gynecology and medical education at Michigan Medicine and president of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) presented “Conscious Leadership: Balancing Self, Family and Work to Achieve Success.”

UNR Med’s Dr. Yan honored with 2018 SSR Research Award

April 24, 2018
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Professor Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D., has received the 2018 Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) Research Award. This award honors the SSR member who has conducted and published outstanding research over the previous six years with significant breadth, depth of analysis and originality who also exhibits strong leadership and willingness to share his research experience.

More news

Current Newsletters


Bi-annual magazine produced by the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

Community Faculty News

The Office for Community Faculty: Supporting those committed to educating tomorrow’s physicians.

School of Medicine Student News

Weekly newsletter for students in our medical program.

Savitt e-Minute

News and Information from the Savitt Medical Library.

Nevada Medicine Weekly is a publication of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and the office of Advancement and Engagement. Please see the Content Submissions page for instructions on how to submit items for inclusion. Copyright © 2018 University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.