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Nevada Medicine Weekly | July 11, 2017

News for A Healthy Nevada

Value and Price on a scale

UNR Med Ranks 13 Among Nation's Top 20 Most Affordable Medical Schools

According to a study released by USA Today, UNR Med ranks 13 among the nation's top 20 most affordable medical schools. Student Loan Hero researchers assessed three factors when determining the list: annual tuition costs, average indebtedness at graduation, and the percentage of borrowers receiving institutional aid. While the average aspiring medical student can expect to accrue more than $160,000 in medical school debt, UNR Med students pay about $30,000 less. Here's the breakdown:

National Average

  • Annual tuition (in-state): $39,116
  • Average medical school debt: $164,776
  • Students receiving institutional aid: 52 percent

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

  • Annual tuition (in-state): $26,114
  • Average medical school debt: $135,788
  • Students receiving institutional aid: 84 percent

Of the schools holding the top 12 spots on the list, UNR Med out-ranks eight in students receiving institutional aid, three in annual in-state tuition, and two in average medical school debt. As a leading community-based, research-intensive institution, UNR Med provides a value to students looking for an invaluable medical school experience.

Read the story at USA Today


Dean Schwenk Reappointed During Evaluative Review

University President Marc Johnson has reappointed Thomas Schwenk, M.D., School of Medicine dean, for an extended planning horizon. Regarding Dr. Schwenk's review, President Johnson said Schwenk "received very strong endorsement. It cited his leadership, his resiliency through many changes, which have occurred relative to the School of Medicine transitions during the last five years, and his leadership in building strong relationships with hospitals (especially with Renown) and outreach partners, along with developments for the four-year medical school in Reno and the physician assistant program." Dr. Schwenk has served as the tenth dean of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine since 2011.

UNR Med invited to LCME Town Hall

School of Medicine faculty and staff are invited to attend a town hall Monday, July 24 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to get the latest updates and progress reports on our strategic plan, finances and LCME site visit preparation.

The meeting will take place in the Pennington Health Sciences Building, Lecture Hall 102. Please register by Wednesday, July 19. Participation in Reno will be in person only. However, video streaming may be available to regional campuses by request. Please indicate "remote viewer" when completing your registration. Contact Stefani Richards with questions.

Las Vegas Directory is Up-To-Date

Several colleagues continue their work in Las Vegas on behalf of UNR Med. We encourage you to visit the directory for their most current contact information, as it may have recently changed.

Office of Academic Affairs: Gary Shen, M.D., F.A.C.S.; Office of Medical Education: Josh Hill, Terri Mosher; Admissions and Student Affairs: Ashley Sylvester, Melinda Thrasher; Compliance and Quality Improvement: J Epperson; Office of Legal Affairs: Mistee Arais Galacia, Nancy Gregory; Information Technology: Ann Muchina, Jim Poulos; Budget and Finance: Joanne Mumpower, Noreen Peruzzi; Sanford Center for Aging: Natalie Mazzullo.

Provide Your Input: Conflict of Interest Policy for the Admissions Executive Committee

An opportunity to help shape UNR Med policy is now available online. We encourage you to review the proposed Conflict of Interest Policy for the Admissions Executive Committee and provide your feedback. The forum will close Friday, July 21. Recently approved policies can be found on the Policy Manual webpage. Thank you for your input!

Upcoming Events

Events for July 11 – 18, 2017

ECHO Clinics: Public Health

July 11, 2017 • 10–11 a.m.
Intimate Partner Violence

Student Outreach Clinics: Women's Clinic

July 15, 2017 • 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

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In The News
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How Higher Ed Would Feel Medicaid Cuts

July 6, 2017 • Inside Higher Ed
Thomas Schwenk, dean of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, said that after many states expanded Medicaid, teaching hospitals that serve as safety-net institutions found themselves on more sound financial footing.

The 20 most affordable U.S. medical schools

July 1, 2017 • USA Today
Although being a doctor can be a rewarding profession, the cost of medical school can be a huge barrier for aspiring students. It can also lead to massive student debt – around $164,800 on average, according to a new Student Loan Hero study. 13. University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine; Annual tuition: $26,114 (in-state); Average medical school debt: $135,788; Students receiving institutional aid: 84 percent; University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine graduates have one of the higher average student loan balances among the top 20. However, they still fall just about $29,000 below the average amount of debt. This school also offers low tuition and plenty of financial aid opportunities.

Experts: Obamacare repeal could leave rural Nevada in peril

June 30, 2017 • Pahrump Valley Times
John Packham, UNR Med director of health policy research, discusses the Affordable Care Act and the impact a repeal could have on rural Nevada.

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Reflections from the Dean

July 3, 2017
The spring issue of Synapse just landed in mailboxes across the country, with an impressive story titled “Physiology & Cell Biology Ranked 17th in U.S. for Research Funding.” The ink on that great news story is barely dry, and it‘s already outdated. I couldn’t be more thrilled.

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