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Nevada Medicine Weekly | November 6, 2018

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Dr. Ernest Ceriani and nurse Margaret Neiberger rest in the hospital kitchen at 2 a.m. following a long surgery.

Life magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith spent 23 days in 1948 shadowing country doctor Ernest Ceriani, M.D., the sole physician in the small town of Kremmling, Colorado. In this photo, Dr. Ceriani and nurse Margaret Neiberger rest in the hospital kitchen at 2 a.m. following a long surgery. (Photo by W. Eugene Smith/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Reflections from the Dean: Physician well-being and the regenerative power of caring

By Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.

Is there a link between physician burnout and the modern health care model? University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., weighs in. The full version of this article is available in the medical journal JAMA.

In 1948, Life magazine published what has become an iconic and, for many, nostalgic photographic essay depicting the life and work of Dr. Ernest Ceriani, a Colorado general practitioner.

Among the 38 photographs is one of Dr. Ceriani attempting to save the eye of a 2-year-old girl who was kicked by a horse, another of him carrying an 85-year-old man to the operating room to amputate a gangrenous leg and another showing him holding a newly delivered infant.

His expressive face shows anguish, anxiety, uncertainty, exhaustion—and triumph. Nowhere in the article does the word “burnout” appear.

The photographs of Dr. Ceriani document the seemingly unimaginable stress and loneliness of his job, but there is no evidence of the depersonalization, loss of job satisfaction or inability to care that characterizes the current reports of physician burnout.

On the contrary, Dr. Ceriani's face shows the compassion, dedication and engagement that physicians have traditionally associated with the practice of medicine. He appears to be certain about both the obligations and rewards of his covenant with his community and patients.

Physicians could do little for patients in 1948 compared to modern day, but what they could do provided a deep sense of professional obligation and satisfaction.

Seventy years later, that obligation and satisfaction appear to be in peril, based on a crescendo of reports of the high level of burnout, discouragement and career dissatisfaction experienced by today's physicians. The rates of medical student and resident depression have increased to epidemic levels. A high level of stigma precludes appropriate access to mental health care, and the high risk of suicide among students, residents and physicians casts a pall over the entire profession.

Read more Reflections from the Dean.


UNR Med welcomes Dr. Huynh to the Elko Family Medicine Residency Program

UNR Med has named Jacqueline Huynh, M.D., as a family medicine clinical faculty member at the new Elko Family Medicine Residency Program, a partnership between the School of Medicine and Nevada Health Centers. Huynh will oversee patient care, residents and medical students at the UNR Med Elko clinic, located within a newly renovated section of the Elko Family Medical and Dental Center at 762 14th Street in Elko.

The Elko Family Medicine Residency Program aims to increase the primary care physician workforce in Elko and the surrounding areas, through the training of resident physicians under the supervision of experienced UNR Med faculty physicians.

Read more about Dr. Huynh.

Celebrate Nevada Rural Health Day Nov. 15

More than 60 million Americans live in rural and frontier communities, and these communities have unique health care needs. Rural providers, facilities and Nevada-based training programs are invited to a day of education and awareness during Nevada Rural Health Day Thursday, Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Tannenbaum Event Center in Reno. The free event will celebrate the 50-year partnership with Nevada Rural Hospital Partners.

Register for Nevada Rural Health Day.

Deadline for AAMC Western Group proposals Nov. 12

UNR Med will host the AAMC Western Group Collaborative Spring Conference 2019 March 28-31 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. Submit conference proposals at the Western Group Collaborative Spring Conference 2019 website by Monday, Nov. 12.

Danielle Eaton, director of research operations and administration, is available to assist students who wish to develop and submit proposals for this conference. She can be reached at or 775-784-4125.

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