Nevada Medicine Weekly

Nevada Medicine Weekly | June 19, 2018

News for A Healthy Nevada

UNR Med new PA Studies Program open house.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) officials hosted a press conference and public open house to launch the new Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program and introduce the program to the community. From left to right: Sy Johnson, executive vice president and chief operations officer, Renown Health; Doug Merrill, M.D., MBA, MA, executive vice president, chief medical and academic officer, Renown Health; Amanda Wong, inaugural PA student, Brian Luaf, PA-C, UNR Med PA Studies Program founding program director; Allison Stephens, Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) regent; Ryan Wong, inaugural PA student; Marc Johnson, Ph.D., president, University of Nevada, Reno, Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., dean, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. UNR Med photo by Brin Reynolds. Additional photos available.  

The PA Studies Program: A New Chapter at UNR Med

We are proud to announce the arrival of a new member of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine family! Our new Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program arrives on July 2, the first PA program in the Nevada System of Higher Education.

Our inaugural class of 24 students will embark on a 25-month journey-including academic and clinical courses, clinical skills training and supervised clinical practice-to earn master's degrees in physician assistant studies. Upon graduation, these bright students will become much-needed health care professionals, prepared and qualified to conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat common illnesses, order and interpret tests, write prescriptions and assist in surgeries alongside and under the overall supervision of their physician colleagues. Their arrival is one more way UNR Med is addressing the healthcare shortage in Nevada.

Continue reading more from UNR Med Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.

Announcements
Announcements

Global impact: New list of essential in vitro diagnostics includes work of UNR Med Professor Thomas Kozel, Ph.D.

A rapid-diagnostic test for cryptococcal meningitis developed in collaboration between Thomas Kozel, Ph.D., foundation professor of microbiology with UNR Med, and IMMY, Inc., a biotechnology company based in Oklahoma, has been included in the first-ever World Health Organization Model List of Essential In Vitro Diagnostics.

Continue reading the full story in Nevada Today.

U.S. Senator Cortez Masto leads Alzheimer’s roundtable at UNR Med, Sanford Center for Aging and Dementia Friendly Nevada launch Open Door Cafés

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) recently toured the UNR Med Sanford Center for Aging and hosted a roundtable discussion on the pervasiveness of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The roundtable also discussed the launch of Open Door Cafés, hosted by the Sanford Center and Dementia Friendly Nevada, beginning Thursday, June 21, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Great Basin Community Food Co-Op, 240 Court Street in Reno. Open Door Cafés are free and provide opportunities to relax, have fun, socialize and participate in a welcoming environment where people living with dementia and their loved ones can share their many strengths and foster new friendships.

Learn more about Open Door Cafés.

You’re Invited: Class of 2020 Clinician’s Ceremony – June 27

UNR Med Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. invites you to join medical students, faculty and members of the health care community at the Class of 2020 Clinician's Ceremony Wednesday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the Milt Glick Ballrooms on the fourth floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union. The event marks the transition of second-year medical students from the basic science years to their clinical training. Registration begins at 5 p.m.; ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. A reception will follow.

Register online or watch the Clinician's Ceremony live online.  

Provide Your Input: Volunteer and Joint Faculty Compensation Policy

An opportunity to help shape UNR Med policy is now available online. We encourage you to review the proposed Volunteer and Joint Faculty Compensation Policy and provide your feedback. The forum will close at midnight on Monday, June 25. Recently approved policies can be found on the Policy Manual webpage.

Thank you for your input!

Announcing New Summer Hours for Savitt

Please note the new summer hours for the Savitt Medical Library:

  • Monday to Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Did you know?

UNR Med 50th Anniversary In 1969, businessman, investor, pilot and philanthropist Howard Hughes pledged $6 million in support of the new medical school.

Events
Upcoming Events

Upcoming Holiday: Independence Day

July 4, 2018

Events for June 19 – 26, 2018

ECHO Clinics: Pain Management

June 20, 2018 • 8–9 a.m.
Teaching Co-Existence Skills to Deal with Persistent Pain

ECHO Clinics: Geriatrics

June 20, 2018 • 12–1 p.m.
Tai Chi and Falls Prevention

ECHO Clinics: Diabetes and General Endocrine

June 21, 2018 • 8–9 a.m.
GLP-1 Therapy

ECHO Clinics: Antibiotic Stewardship

June 21, 2018 • 12:15–1 p.m.
Vitamin F(luconazole)

Diabetes Self-Management Program

June 22, 2018 • 1–3:30 p.m.
Do you want to feel better, do the things you want to do, and be in control of your health? Then this workshop is for you.

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In The News
Latest In The News

UNR Med announcese new Physician Assistant Studies Program

June 18, 2018 • KTVN Channel 2
There's a new program at the UNR School of Medicine designed to help improve access to healthcare in the state. Starting next month, UNR Med will be offering a Physician Assistant Studies Program.

UNR Med Program To Combat Medical Staff Shortage

June 18, 2018 • KUNR Reno Public Radio
Nevada has a shortage of healthcare workers. To combat this problem, the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is starting a physician assistant studies program.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine hosts free clinics in June and July

June 16, 2018 • KRNV FoxReno
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is welcoming northern Nevadans who are in need of healthcare services to attend their free healthcare clinics this June and July.

UNR Med announces new Physician Assistant Studies Program

June 15, 2018 • KOLO Channel 8
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine has a new program that will help create more healthcare professionals in our state. The School of Medicine just announced the new Physician Assistant Studies Program.

UNR Med announces new Physician Assistant Studies Program

June 14, 2018 • KRXI
The UNR School of Medicine is introducing a Physician Assistant Studies Program to the community. The program is the first of its kind in the Nevada System of Higher Education.

What a cadaver can teach

June 14, 2018 • Sierra Sun
Fingers gloved in blue latex fidgeted with each other as the student stood at the back of the group, her eyes peering through clear plastic between surgical mask and elastic hair net.

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Partners
Partner News

UNR Med announces Physician Assistant Studies Program

UNR Med, in partnership with Renown Health, announced a new Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program June 15 to meet the growing need for more health care professionals locally and statewide. The first class of 24 PA students will begin instruction Monday, July 2 at the University's Redfield Campus. The 25-month, full-time master's program is the first of its kind in the Nevada System of Higher Education and supports the Educated and Healthy Citizenry priority outlined in Nev. Gov. Brian Sandoval's Strategic Priorities.

Continue reading the full news release.

Just Released
Latest News

UNR Med announces new Physician Assistant Studies Program

June 15, 2018
With Nevada ranking No. 48 for number of physicians per capita according to a 2017 report, “Health Workforce Supply in Nevada,” physician assistants are playing a critical role in meeting northern Nevada and the state’s expanding healthcare needs. Demand for PAs is expected to grow by nearly 40 percent nationally over the next 10 years, (U.S. News and World Report).

Reflections from the Dean

June 14, 2018
We are proud to announce the arrival of a new member of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine family! Our new Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program arrives on July 2, the first PA program in the Nevada System of Higher Education.

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