Nevada Medicine Weekly

Nevada Medicine Weekly | October 2, 2018

News for A Healthy Nevada

Dr. Thomas L. Schwenk

Reflections from the Dean

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.

As dean of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, I shared this message and more during UNR Med's 2018 State of the School Address, held Sept. 24. The theme for the annual address was "Unrivaled history. Unlimited future." This is consistent with the theme of the school's 50th Anniversary, a year-long, community-wide celebration that leads up to UNR Med's milestone anniversary on March 25, 2019. This year, UNR Med has emerged as essentially a "new" school with a 50-year tradition. We have grown and changed dramatically over those 50 years, but always with a fundamental commitment to serving Nevada.

Continue reading Reflections from the Dean.

Announcements
Announcements

UNR Med welcomes Haley Ballinger

Please welcome Haley Ballinger, executive assistant to UNR Med Dean and Vice President for Health Sciences Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., and Chief of Staff Jessica Younger. A class of 2008 University of Nevada, Reno alumna, Ballinger happily returns to campus after a decade of working in the Reno/Tahoe community. Most recently, Ballinger was operations manager for the Tahoe Fund in Incline Village. Ballinger's background in program management within the renewable energy industry equips her with expertise in overseeing processes, tracking key metrics, providing marketing and training, as well as database development and financial reporting management.

Ballinger is fluent in Spanish and holds with dual degrees in international affairs and Spanish. A lifelong Nevadan, Ballinger is a proud supporter of the Wolf Pack.

Applications for Perry Initiative due Oct. 10

Female medical and high school students are encouraged to apply for the Perry Initiative's Medical Student and Pre-Med Outreach Programs. Applications are available online and are due Oct. 10. UNR Med joins the Perry Initiative in hosting special events at the School of Medicine designed to educate and empower young women to pursue careers in medicine and engineering. The co-hosted events are scheduled Nov. 9 for medical students and Nov. 10 for high school students.

For more information, please contact Amy McFarland, MPH, (775) 682-7734 or amcfarland@med.unr.edu.

A conversation with Dr. Nina Shapiro, UCLA surgeon and professor

Dr. Nina Shapiro, a surgeon and professor at UCLA and author will speak at the Reynolds School of Journalism lecture, "Why Facts Matter: Personal Health, Media and Public Trust" on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 7-8:15 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. Dr. Shapiro is the author of "HYPE: A Doctor's Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims and Bad Advice - How to Tell What's Real and What's Not." will speak at a community forum The event is sponsored by the Reynolds School  and coordinated through the Leonard Family Chair in Media Ethics and Writing. Admission is free and open to the public.

Attend Why Facts Matter: Personal Health, Media and Public Trust.

UNR Med hosted WIN Breakfast Sept. 28

In celebration of the School of Medicine's 50th Anniversary, UNR Med hosted WIN's monthly power breakfast Friday, Sept. 28 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. The event featured opening remarks by UNR Med Dean Thomas Schwenk, M.D., followed by Bill Eckstrom presenting "Becoming Comfortable with Discomfort." Thank you to all who attended and represented UNR Med.

View the Flickr gallery from the event.

Founder of the #MeToo movement on campus Oct. 3

Tarana Burke will share the story behind the 2017 Time Person of the Year, "The Silence Breakers," Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Glick Ballrooms at the Joe Crowley Student Union. The talk is free and open to the public, and will discuss how the #MeToo movement amplifies the voices of victims and focuses on survivors.

Learn more about the #MeToo event.

Please provide your input: Two draft policies for review

An opportunity to help shape two new UNR Med policies is now available online. We encourage you to review the Student Conduct and Discipline Policy and the Student Dismissal and Due Process Policy and provide your input. The commenting period for both will expire at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15. We appreciate your participation!

Did you know?

In 1999, the School of Medicine established the Student Outreach Clinic to provide medical care for indigent patients. 

Events
Upcoming Events

Upcoming Holiday: Nevada Day

October 26, 2018

Events for October 2 – 9, 2018

Healthy Living Workshop

October 2, 2018 • 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
A seven week workshop that provides people living with chronic conditions and their caregivers the proper tools to live their healthiest lives.

ECHO Clinics: Pain Management

October 3, 2018 • 8–9 a.m.
Motivational Interviewing for Patients with Chronic Pain

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Community Grand Rounds

October 3, 2018 • 4:15–5:30 p.m.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Community Grand Rounds

ECHO Clinics: Diabetes and General Endocrine

October 4, 2018 • 8–9 a.m.
Case Consultation

Elko Family Medicine Expansion Celebration

October 4, 2018 • 5:30–7 p.m.
Elko Family Medicine Residency Program

Northern Nevada Craniofacial Clinic

October 5, 2018 • 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
Northern Nevada Cleft Palate Clinic

ECHO Clinics: Complex Pediatrics

October 5, 2018 • 12–1 p.m.
Behavioral Analyst in Pediatrics: Medication Compliance, Toilet Training, Feeding, and Problem Behaviors

Aphasia Communication Clinic

October 5, 2018 • 2:30–3:30 p.m.
The aphasia communication clinic supports a Life Participation Approach to Aphasia for stroke and brain injury survivors.

Student Outreach Clinics: General and Pediatrics Clinics

October 6, 2018 • 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
General and Pediatric Clinic

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In The News
Latest In The News

Let's get moving - no matter what your age, make regular physical activity a habit

October 1, 2018 • Peak NV
Heather Haslem, coordinator of academics and education at UNR Med's Sanford Center for Aging, says it’s never too late to return to physical activity or exercising. The e-edition of Peak NV is available at https://bit.ly/2IhRiZB.

Medical Education in Nevada: Progress Made, Long Way to Go

October 1, 2018 • Nevada Business
“We’re starting to get a little traction, starting to get a little momentum,” said Dr. Thomas Schwenk, dean of the UNR School of Medicine, referring to Nevada. “Now, we have to actually start to grow to get into better supply, better capacity. We’re so far behind in many areas.”

UNR Med Doctor Treats Reno Woman with Rabies Vaccine After Wild Monkey Bite

September 29, 2018 • This is Reno
Zell says that travel medicine is so much more than looking up where a patient will be traveling to and administering the required or recommended vaccinations. He says it’s a lot like being a travel agent. “You look at past medical history, what recreational activities are on the agenda, and risks.

UNR Med doctor treats Reno woman with rabies vaccine after wild monkey bite

September 28, 2018 • KRNV Channel 4 News
A University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine doctor recently provided potentially life-saving rabies vaccine to a Reno, Nevada woman after being bitten by a wild monkey during her vacation.

UNR Med School gets $2M grant to study premature labor

September 27, 2018 • Miami Herald
The University of Nevada Medical School in Reno has received a $2 million grant to help develop new approaches to guard against dangers related to premature labor.

UNR Med School gets $2M grant to study premature labor

September 27, 2018 • Reno Gazette Journal
The University of Nevada Medical School in Reno has received a $2 million grant to help develop new approaches to guard against dangers related to premature labor.

UNR Medical School Gets $2 Million Grant to Study Premature Labor

September 27, 2018 • KTVN Channel 2 News
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development recently awarded a grant to Dr. Iain Buxton and his research team to help develop a drug to prevent a woman's labor without having dangerous effects on a developing fetus.

Rising grad rates, 2019 legislative session, med school all part of UNR President's annual address

September 26, 2018 • Reno Gazette Journal
Johnson said UNR Med has continued to grow and reach out into the community. He talked about new programs coming, including the physician's assistant program and a new Elko residency program.

UNR med school dean: ‘Shift from volume to value’ most critical healthcare issue

September 25, 2018 • Northern Nevada Business View
The Northern Nevada Business View sat down with Dr. Schwenk to talk about how the school and the healthcare industry as a whole has changed since 1969, the country's conflicts over nationally mandated healthcare, and more.

UNR Med Wins Grant in Research to Prevent Premature Deliveries

September 25, 2018 • KKOH 780 AM
15 million preterm births occur each year worldwide. In Nevada, one in 10 babies is premature. A research team at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine under the direction of Dr Iain Buxton, foundation professor of pharmacology, is working to develop new approaches to prevent preterm labor.

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Partners
Partner News

The Northern Nevada Physician Wellness Coalition will feature a guest lecture on physician burnout by Dr. Stephen Swensen, MMM, FACR, on Friday, Oct. 12 in the Joe Crowley Student Union. Networking will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by the lecture, "Physician Burnout to Esprit de Corps" from 6:30-8 p.m. Although the topic is specific to physicians, other medical professionals are encouraged to attend. 

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Reflections from the Dean

October 1, 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.

UNR Med doctor treats Reno woman with rabies vaccine after wild monkey bite turns dream South African vacation into nightmare

September 27, 2018
Reno residents Dr. Lisa Leiden and her husband had planned their upcoming vacation in South Africa by the book. A long-time patient of Dr. Steven Zell, AAHIVS / CTH, Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine (UNR Med) and travel medicine expert, Leiden thoroughly consulted with Zell before her departure.

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