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Nevada Medicine Weekly | September 25, 2018

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Iain Buxton, Pharm.D., foundation professor, Department of Pharmacology; Craig Ulrich, Ph.D., research assistant professor of pharmacology, and Heather Burkin, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology

Iain Buxton, Pharm.D., foundation professor, Department of Pharmacology; Craig Ulrich, Ph.D., research assistant professor of pharmacology, and Heather Burkin, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology are researching the muscle of the uterus and studying the effects of compounds that can relax labor contractions. These experiments are an essential first step in drug development efforts to prevent preterm birth. (UNR Med photo by Brin Reynolds.)

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine receives $2M grant award for preterm birth research

Approximately 15 million preterm births occur each year worldwide. In Nevada, one in 10 babies is born premature. A research team at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, under the direction of Iain Buxton, Pharm.D., foundation professor of pharmacology, is working to develop new approaches to prevent preterm labor.

Dr. Buxton and his research team at UNR Med recently received significant support with a $2 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The funding will support discovery efforts to develop a drug that could prevent a woman's labor without having dangerous effects on a developing fetus. The goal is, "a very tall order," Buxton says.

Read more about UNR Med's $2M grant award for preterm birth research.

Announcements
Announcements

UNR Med Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., published in JAMA

"Physician burnout-a serious symptom, but of what?" UNR Med Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., and Katherine J. Gold, M.D., M.S.W., M.S., of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, University of Michigan, address this burgeoning issue in an editorial in the latest issue of JAMA. The authors address two separate studies on physician burnout and the ambiguity of the results.

"Little is known about whether or how the prevalence has changed over time and, if so, why. There is no grounded understanding of the pathophysiology of burnout or agreement on how it should be measured. It is not clear whether it is a dichotomous or continuous variable and how that distinction might affect the management of symptoms of burnout, nor any data to guide symptom management for what are likely several variations and forms," they wrote.

Read the full article on JAMA's website.

Welcome new faculty!

UNR Med rolled out the blue carpet for New Faculty Orientation Sept. 13, welcoming 16 new faculty members to the school. During the two-day session, attendees received a comprehensive look at the inner workings of UNR Med and how the school's a leader in health care, medical education and research. New faculty members learned about UNR Med's diverse educational programs, school operations, strategic planning process, research initiatives and more, and the resources available to support their career development and success. The session also introduced faculty members to the school's leadership team and provided an opportunity for networking.

Check out the Flickr gallery from New Faculty Orientation.

Kudos!
Dr. Vanessa Slots elected to Nevada AAP

Vanessa Slots, M.D., a division chief for UNR Med Department of Pediatrics, was elected secretary/treasurer to the Nevada Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Her position will help bring northern Nevada into this important organization that serves as the professional voice for child health. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Slots for this achievement!

Provide your input: Faculty appointments from administrative to academic

An opportunity to help shape UNR Med policy is now available online. We encourage you to review the proposed faculty appointments from administrative to academic policy. Recently approved policies can be found on the Policy Manual webpage. The commenting period will end at midnight on Monday, Oct. 1.

Learn more about the proposed policy.

For evaluation: Curricular Review Policy

UNR Med's Curricular Review Policy is open for review through midnight on Monday, Oct. 1. We invite all UNR Med faculty to weigh in.

Review the Curricular Review Policy.

Did you know?

In 1996, UNR Med established a pediatrics residency program.

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Events for September 25 – October 2, 2018

ECHO Clinics: Medication-Assisted Treatment

September 26, 2018 • 12–1:30 p.m.
Informed Consent and Treatment Agreements

Meet and Greet Potential Medical Students

September 26, 2018 • 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Welcome day reception for medical school applicants

ECHO Clinics: Sports Medicine

September 27, 2018 • 8–9 a.m.
Pre-Participation Exam

Student Outreach Clinics: General and Pediatrics Clinics

September 29, 2018 • 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
General and Pediatric Clinic

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In The News
Latest In The News

KTVN covers the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's 2018 State of the School Address

September 24, 2018 • KTVN Channel 2 News
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine held its annual State of the School Address, this evening. It's a report on the programs, the developments, and the investments there.

KTVN live coverage of UNR Med 2018 State of the School Address

September 24, 2018 • KTVN Channel 2 News
KTVN's Chris Buckley reports live from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine after the 2018 State of the School Address

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine hosts its State of the School Address

September 24, 2018 • KRXI Fox 11 News
The University of Nevada, Reno's School of Medicine is holding its 2018 State of the School Address on Monday, September 24.

Dr. Schwenk on Nevada NewsMakers

September 21, 2018 • Nevada NewsMakers
Dr. Thomas L. Schwenk, Dean of UNR Med discusses his upcoming State of the School Address, medical education and health care hot topics with Sam Shad, host of Nevada NewsMakers

Alzheimer's in Nevada: Help is out there, but underused

September 20, 2018 • KRNV Channel 4 News
"Nevada is emerging as one of the leading states in terms of addressing the needs of people living with dementia in communities," Dr. Peter Reed, Director of the Sanford Center for Aging on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. "There is a vast network of care and support services around the country and even here in our community but one of the challenges is that people are not aware of those services," said Dr. Reed.

Health Watch: Keeping Community Doctors

September 20, 2018 • KTVN Channel 2 News
Based on how long it seems to take to get in to see certain doctors, you've likely noticed there's a health care workforce shortage, here in northern Nevada. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is teaming up with Renown all in an effort to keep more young doctors in town.

Rabies scare has local woman turning to hometown physician half a world away

September 20, 2018 • KOLO Channel 8 News
Dr. Lisa Leiden sits patiently in an exam room waiting for a shot in the arm. She is calm as it is delivered. She has two more left. It’s not for the flu, or hepatitis. Rather, it’s a vaccine against rabies.

Burnout frequency varies by specialty, but exact prevalence unclear

September 18, 2018 • Newsline/JAMA
Symptoms of burnout and career choice regret were common among U.S. resident physicians, but differed substantially by clinical specialty, according to findings recently published in JAMA.

UNR Med Announces Free Clinics in September/October

September 18, 2018 • KRNV Channel 4 News
Northern Nevadans who are uninsured, underinsured or without a social security number can receive free medical care this September and October 2018 at upcoming University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Student Outreach Clinics.

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Health Watch: Keeping Community Doctors

KTVN highlighted the impact of the residency partnership between UNR Med and Renown Health in the Sept. 20 Health Watch segment, "Keeping Community Doctors." The segment provides a peek into the daily lives of resident physicians. The story features Dr. Sara Robertson, M.D., a UNR Med graduate and resident physician, and Dr. Kirsten Lorenzen, associate professor for the UNR Med and Renown resident program. 

Watch the video.

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Accomplishments, growth focus of University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine 2018 State of the School Address

September 24, 2018
Nevada’s first medical school, with a 50-year history of producing the next generation of physicians and health care professionals, is expanding with new departments, programs, partnerships and investments as a result of its transition to a fully northern Nevada-based medical school.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine receives $2M grant award for preterm birth research

September 24, 2018
Approximately 15 million preterm births occur each year worldwide. In Nevada, one in 10 babies is born premature. A research team at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med), under the direction of Iain Buxton, Pharm.D., foundation professor of pharmacology, is working to develop new approaches to prevent preterm labor.

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine launches 50th anniversary website

September 20, 2018
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine has launched a 50th anniversary website commemorating the School of Medicine’s year-long milestone celebration that culminates in May 2019.

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