Nevada Medicine Weekly

Nevada Medicine Weekly | October 16, 2018

News for A Healthy Nevada

Wilfredo A. Torres '06, '10 M.D. and his wife, Anna Torres '07, '16 M.D., with their son, Alejandro. (Photo courtesy of Wilfredo A. Torres)

Maria Emilia Guenechea Latino Medical Student Award established

Wilfredo A. Torres '06 (mechanical engineering), '10 M.D., and Anna Torres '07 (biology), '16 M.D., recently established the Maria Emilia Guenechea Latino Medical Student Award to provide support for second-year medical students at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. The award is named for Maria Emilia Guenechea, who worked tirelessly for the underserved in Nevada and ardently supported the growth of academia in Nevada, especially with respect to health and medicine.

The new scholarship will award recipients who are members of the Latino Medical Student Association and involved in activities such as serving underrepresented communities by working in the Student Outreach Clinic, among other activities. Award co-founder Dr. Wilfredo Torres serves as the assistant dean of admissions, diversity and inclusion at UNR Med, and Dr. Anna Torres is a resident specializing in family medicine.

For information about School of Medicine giving opportunities, please contact Shari Netzel, director of development, at (775) 682-6077 or


Join us: Academic faculty town hall and lunch with the Dean tomorrow

UNR Med Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., invites academic faculty to an informal discussion and Q&A on school developments and topics of interest to you, Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 12-1 p.m. in Pennington Health Sciences, Room 220. Lunch will be provided. Advance registration is required by today. For questions, please contact Haley Ballinger at 775-682-7345 or

Register online for the town hall and lunch with the dean.

Please welcome Melissa Vondrak to the Office of the Dean

UNR Med is pleased to welcome Administrative Assistant Melissa Vondrak, who will be managing the reception desk located on the second floor of the Pennington Medical Education Building. Vondrak has worked in the broadcasting and television field and has a wide range of administrative experience. Born and raised in Carson City, Vondrak graduated with her pâtisserie arts degree from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Sacramento, California. You can reach Vondrak at or 775-784-6063.

AAMC Regional Conference in Reno: Call for proposals

Proposals are now being accepted for the Association of American Medical Colleges Western Group Collaborative Spring Conference March 28-31 at the Atlantis Hotel Resort and Spa in Reno. Hosted by UNR Med, the meeting is expected to attract more than 400 faculty and students from medical schools throughout the West and is a great opportunity for students, residents and faculty to showcase innovations in education and assessment, accreditation, student activities, interprofessional education, outreach and engagement with our community and education.

Learn more about the AAMC call for proposals.

Changes to the conflict of interest disclosure form

Fostering a diverse and inclusive environment is one of the core missions of UNR Med. Through a school-wide process, our school has selected specific mission-based diversity groups, recognizing the added value and perspective that faculty, staff and students from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience. We need your assistance to measure the effectiveness of these important efforts. This year, the annual conflict of interest reporting form will include a confidential one-question survey, which should take less than a minute.

If you have questions please contact Dr. Nicole Jacobs, associate dean for Diversity and Inclusion, at 775-682-8479 or


UNR Med's Associate Dean for Student Affairs Cheri Singer, Ph.D., was elected to serve a three-year term as the AAMC Western Region representative to the Committee on Student Diversity Affairs beginning in November. This committee reports to the national Group on Student Affairs committee and is responsible for providing "guidance on medical student diversity on a local, regional and national basis, with respect to student recruitment, admissions, enrollment, retention and graduation." Please join us in congratulating Dr. Singer.

Did you know?

In 1980, the first four-year class of 36 students graduated with medical degrees.  

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Holiday: Nevada Day

October 26, 2018

Upcoming Holiday: Veterans' Day (Observed)

November 12, 2018

Events for October 16 – 23, 2018

Healthy Living Workshop

October 16, 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.

Inaugural Meeting for Group on Women in Medicine and Science

October 16, 2018 • 5:30–6:30 p.m.

ECHO Clinics: Pain Management

October 17, 2018 • 8–9 a.m.
12 Steps to Proper Opiate Prescribing

ECHO Clinics: Geriatrics

October 17, 2018 • 12–1 p.m.
Best Practices in Dementia Care Series #4: Competence versus Capacity

Town Hall & Lunch with the Dean

October 17, 2018 • 12–1 p.m.
Academic Faculty

Post-Baccalaureate Program Information Night - Las Vegas

October 17, 2018 • 5:30 p.m.–7:30 a.m.
Opportunity for prospective students to come learn about the UNR Med Post-Baccalaureate Program

ECHO Clinics: Diabetes and General Endocrine

October 18, 2018 • 8–9 a.m.
Potential for Misdiagnosis of Adult Onset Type 1 Diabetes As Type 2 Diabetes

Diversity Dialogues

October 18, 2018 • 12–1 p.m.

ECHO Clinics: Antibiotic Stewardship

October 18, 2018 • 12:15–1 p.m.
Rational Antibiotic Prescribing for Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

Post-Baccalaureate Program Information Night - Reno

October 18, 2018 • 5:30 p.m.
Opportunity for prospective students to come learn about the UNR Med Post-Baccalaureate Program

Title IX Training

October 18, 2018 • 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Office of Continuing Medical Education

Aphasia Communication Clinic

October 19, 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: Women's Clinic

October 20, 2018 • 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
Women's Clinic

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University Offers Free Health Clinics Into December

October 9, 2018 • U.S. News & World Report
The University of Nevada, Reno's School of Medicine is offering a series of free health clinics for the uninsured and others into December.

UNR Med offers free health clinics into December

October 9, 2018 • KRNV Channel 4 News
The School of Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno is offering a series of free health clinics for the uninsured and others into December.

UNR Med Offers Free Health Clinics Into December

October 9, 2018 • KNPR 88.9 Nevada Public Radio
The School of Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno is offering a series of free health clinics for the uninsured and others into December.

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