Nevada Medicine Weekly

Nevada Medicine Weekly | August 29, 2017

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Faculty and Staff learning about the LCME Process.

LCME Mock Site Visit: What to Expect

UNR Med is gearing up for its Liaison Committee on Medical Education Accreditation (LCME) mock site visit this week. Dr. N. Kevin Kane and Dr. Leon Jones, colleagues from other medical schools, will be on campus Aug. 29-31 to help UNR Med prepare for its LCME Full Survey Site Visit. The mock site visit will parallel the official site visit, Oct. 22-25.

What can you expect? The mock site visit team will meet with faculty, residents, students and community partners to discuss elements of our in-depth self-study such as strategic planning, diversity, Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and educational resources. Those who will meet with the visiting team have already been notified. During this time, conference rooms in PME and PHS will be occupied. As you are walking through the halls in these buildings, please be mindful of these very important meetings.

The LCME is sponsored by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). LCME accreditation is a peer-reviewed process that determines whether UNR Med adheres to standards appropriate for a medical school, and maintaining LCME accreditation qualifies the school to receive federal grants and programs. Most state boards of licensure also require that medical students graduate from an LCME-accredited school.

Learn more about the UNR Med LCME accreditation visit and self-study.


Christy Jerz and Seema Donahoe Take on New Roles for Advancement and Engagement

UNR Med's Advancement and Engagement department has named Christy Jerz communications marketing director and Seema Donahoe as creative director.

In her new position, Jerz oversees integrated marketing and communications for UNR Med, increasing reputation and awareness with key audiences, including prospective students and faculty. Jerz manages branding, social media, e-communications and publications, including Synapse.

As creative director, Donahoe is responsible for overseeing the creative direction and development of UNR Med's brand and design across all marketing, communications, web and digital platforms, from strategy to concept to execution.

Read more about Jerz and Donahoe's new roles and backgrounds in their respective fields and at the University.


Dean Burkin, Ph.D., and his research team have been awarded a $300,000 three-year Muscular Dystrophy Associate (MDA) grant to develop a therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). In collaboration with the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at NIH, Dr. Burkin's team has recently identified an FDA-approved drug with the potential to stabilize dystrophic muscle.

"The MDA grant provides an exciting opportunity for my research team to investigate a novel approach to treat muscle disease," says Dr. Burkin. "Since the drug we have identified is already FDA approved, the successful outcome of this study will rapidly move this therapeutic into clinical trials for patients."

Read more about Dr. Burkin and his team's research on the DMD therapy.

A Note from Cherie Singer, Ph.D., on Student Mistreatment

UNR Med is committed to a positive learning environment of mutual respect between students, faculty and staff. Surveys indicate that approximately 25 percent of our learners experience some form of student mistreatment during their medical education, such as belittlement, harassment, offensive remarks or denied educational or training opportunities. Learners who are subjected to mistreatment are more likely to experience a lack of empathy, burnout, depression or anxiety and become less likely to pursue a career in academic medicine.

Over the last four years, UNR Med has made great strides in educating our community regarding prevention and reporting of mistreatment. I encourage each of you to familiarize yourself with the Student Mistreatment Policy and procedures for reporting mistreatment, including our online reporting form that can be accessed from any UNR Med Student Affairs webpage. We will also continue to pursue opportunities to improve the culture of our UNR Med community through the creation of a Learning Environment Advisory Network and look forward to you participating in our continued efforts. If you have questions, suggestions or comments about UNR Med's Student Mistreatment Policy, please contact Cherie Singer, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Student Affairs at or (775) 784-8253.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Holiday: Labor Day

September 4, 2017

Events for August 29 – September 5, 2017

ECHO Clinics: Special Series

August 31, 2017 • 8–9 a.m.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Signs, Diagnosis, and Resources

SPA Clinics: Cleft Palate Clinic

September 1, 2017 • 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

SPA Clinics: Aphasia Communication Clinic

September 1, 2017 • 2:30 p.m.

Student Outreach Clinics: Women's Clinic

September 2, 2017 • 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
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