Nevada Medicine Weekly

Nevada Medicine Weekly | August 1, 2017

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Students at the 2016 White Coat Ceremony

Welcome Class of 2021!

Orientation events are underway welcoming the Class of 2021 to UNR Med. The inaugural two-week MedFIT program will introduce our 73 incoming students to the UNR Med way of life. Activities include faculty and staff meet and greets, labs, lectures, team building exercises and Art Rounds, a workshop where students learn observation skills and awareness designed to decrease bias in diagnosing patients through the observation of art.

MedFIT concludes Friday, Aug. 11 with the time-honored White Coat Ceremony, 5-7 p.m. in the Joe Crowley Student Union's Milt Glick Ballroom. As the future physicians are adorned with new white coats, they are symbolically welcomed to the medical field. Family, friends, faculty and staff are all invited to share in this milestone moment in the student's journey to becoming a doctor and are asked to register for the event by August 4.

"We are thrilled to welcome the Class of 2021 to the UNR Med family," said Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs Cherie A. Singer, Ph.D. "The admissions committee has worked diligently to select students who exemplify our core values as a medical school. The White Coat Ceremony represents the culmination of years of hard work by the students, as well as the beginning of a new journey as they train to become physicians. The faculty and staff of UNR Med are committed to supporting them, and we are excited to get started."

Learn more about other MedFIT orientation events July 31 - August 11.


New Faculty Orientation Recap

Thanks to the collaborative effort of UNR Med's Human Resources, Faculty Development, Academic Affairs and Recruitment Departments, our second comprehensive new faculty orientation was a smashing success. Twenty-two new faculty members representing clinical, basic science and administrative departments, as well as VA community partners, gained a better understanding of our operations, organizational structure, research initiatives, workplace expectations and opportunities across campus. In the post-evaluation surveys, participants indicated that the session was very beneficial, and they would recommend the orientation to all incoming faculty. They especially enjoyed the department presentations: the basic science research overview with Dr. David Aucoin and the communications session with Dr. Jennifer Hagen and Lynda Goldman, Ph.D. New faculty orientation provides our new colleagues a chance to network with each other, our leadership and other faculty members, while instilling a sense of UNR Med pride. The next session is scheduled for November 8-9, and all new faculty will be invited to attend.


UNR Med faculty continues to do amazing work. Congratulations on these notable accomplishments.

Tania Das Banerjee, Ph.D., MPH published an article in the Journal of Neurochemistry, exploring molecular mechanisms by which PINK1 and PKA in the mitochondrion interact to regulate dendrite remodeling, and mitochondrial morphology, content and trafficking dendrites.

Veronica Brady, Ph.D., FNP-BC has obtained AADE accreditation for Endocrinology, Wellness and Weight Management to become an accredited site for the delivery of diabetes self-management education.

Subhash C. Verma, Ph.D. has accepted an offer from the Department of Health and Human Services to serve as a member of the AIDS-associated Opportunistic Infections and Cancer (AOIC) Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, National Institute of Health. Dr. Verma has also been appointed to the editorial board of the American Society for Microbiology's publication, Journal of Virology.

Mandatory Compliance Training has a New Look

You might have received a notice in your inbox from or informing you of a compliance training course. This is not spam! The UNR Med Compliance Department is using a new system to help with mandatory annual HHS, OSHA and Department of Labor training. The easy-to-use training system offers an array of useful information including safety, violence prevention, fire procedures and hazards associated with blood borne pathogens. For questions about compliance training or the new training system, please contact Compliance Auditor Jordan Davenport at or (775) 682-8236.

Upcoming Events

Events for August 1 – 8, 2017

ECHO Clinics: Pain Management

August 2, 2017 • 8–9 a.m.
The Pain Map: Exploring Factors that Work to Maintain and Exacerbate Persistent Pain

ECHO Clinics: Diabetes and General Endocrine

August 3, 2017 • 8–9 a.m.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring Series - Part 2: Identification of Appropriate Candidates for CGM

SPA Clinics: Cleft Palate Clinic

August 4, 2017 • 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

SPA Clinics: Aphasia Communication Clinic

August 4, 2017 • 2:30 p.m.

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