Nevada Medicine Weekly

Nevada Medicine Weekly | October 17, 2017

News for A Healthy Nevada

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Project ECHO Expands Rural and Urban Clinics in Nevada

Thousands of Nevadans have limited access to specialty health care, including the nearly 300,000 living in rural areas and many others living in urban centers who have no health insurance or Medicaid coverage. To remedy this issue, UNR Med's Office of Statewide Initiatives has launched new Project ECHO clinics in cardiology, pediatric endocrinology, medication assisted therapy for substance use disorder, as well as a unique school-based behavioral health program.

Project ECHO uses teleconferencing technology to connect specialists at UNR Med with primary care clinicians in rural and urban under-served communities. These virtual clinics give primary care physicians, advanced practice registered nurses, physician assistants and other professionals the tools and resources to deliver high quality care in their communities.

With the addition of the four telehealth clinics, UNR Med and the Office of Statewide Initiatives now host a total of 14 clinics to help community clinicians throughout the state, continuing to realize our vision for A Healthy Nevada.

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Homecoming Gala Honors Dr. Kelle Brogan – Oct. 19

Congratulations to Kelle Brogan '86 M.D., '89 R, who has been named 2017 Distinguished Alumna for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Please join us in celebrating Dr. Brogan's nearly 30-year career as a hospice pioneer and palliative care champion at the Homecoming Gala Thursday, Oct. 19. She will also be recognized during halftime of the Nevada vs. Air Force Homecoming football game Friday, Oct. 20.

Seats still remain for both events: Homecoming Gala reservations; Homecoming football game tickets.


Professor Emeritus Stan Shane, M.D., has been elected to an American College of Physicians (ACP) Mastership. He is only the second Nevadan to receive this high honor.

Dr. Shane was recruited to UNR Med in the 1980s as Chair of Medicine for both the Reno and Las Vegas campuses. To receive a Mastership, clinicians "must be highly accomplished persons demonstrating eminence in practice, leadership or medical research" and "must be distinguished by the excellence and significance of his or her contributions to the field of medicine." With 60 published works and countless honors, special certifications, appointments, societies and national committees, Dr. Shane is certainly worthy of his latest honor and lives up to his reputation as a remarkable clinician, mentor and gentleman.

2018 Faculty Mentoring Program: Applications Due October 20

Applications for the 2018 Faculty Mentoring Program are due this week!

If you need a boost getting your scholarship started, have an idea for a research project, or are developing a program for your department, please talk to your department chair about the Faculty Mentoring Program. The program supports accepted faculty members over a nine-month period through protected time, project funding, delivered curriculum and mentoring. Project outcomes should help advance your professional development, while furthering a goal for your department.

Application documents and additional program information can be found online. Please contact your department chair or Debra Glogovac,, if you have questions or would like to speak with a prior mentee about their experience.

Physician Assistant Studies Program Update

UNR Med's developing Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program has submitted its application for accreditation and expects a site visit from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) later this fall. With the goal to achieve Accreditation-Provisional status in March 2018, the program expects its first class to matriculate in July 2018.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Holiday: Nevada Day

October 27, 2017

Upcoming Holiday: Veterans' Day (Observed)

November 10, 2017

Events for October 17 – 24, 2017

ECHO Clinics: Pain Management

October 18, 2017 • 8–9 a.m.
Twelve Steps to Proper Opiate Prescribing

ECHO Clinics: Geriatrics

October 18, 2017 • 12–1 p.m.
Update on POLST: expansion to APRNs and PAs

ECHO Clinics: Diabetes and General Endocrine

October 19, 2017 • 8–9 a.m.
Benefits of Smoking Cessation for Diabetes

ECHO Clinics: Antibiotic Stewardship

October 19, 2017 • 12:15–1 p.m.
C. Diff Challenges, Protocols, and Other Resources

SPA Clinics: Aphasia Communication Clinic

October 20, 2017 • 2:30 p.m.

Student Outreach Clinics: Geriatric and Dermatology Clinics

October 21, 2017 • 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
Geriatric (55+) and Dermatology Clinic

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Doctors may fear losing their license for seeking mental health care

October 10, 2017 • Reuters
Nearly 40 percent of U.S. physicians are reluctant to seek mental health care out of fear that it might imperil their medical license, a recent study suggests. Dr. Thomas Schwenk, dean of the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine, calls for dropping questions about prior history of mental illness from medical licensing and renewal applications.

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Project ECHO Expands Rural and Urban Clinics in Nevada

October 13, 2017
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Office of Statewide Initiatives has expanded Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) with new clinics in cardiology, pediatric endocrinology, medication assisted therapy for substance use disorder, as well as a unique school-based behavioral health program.

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