Nevada Medicine Weekly

Nevada Medicine Weekly | November 21, 2017

News for A Healthy Nevada

Perry Outreach Program participants

Perry Outreach Program participants including first- and second-year UNR Med students. Top from left to right: Shanna Straus, Marisa Sewell, Dr. Kyle Lybrand, Allie Arguello and Sally Leong. Bottom from left to right: Cindy Valverde, Katelyn Fellows and Courtney Tranberg.

New Educational Program Aims to Recruit Young Women in Northern Nevada to Become Orthopaedic Surgeons

While young women continue to excel in school in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs, women continue to be significantly under-represented in fields like medicine and engineering. Currently, women constitute less than 7 percent of practicing orthopedists according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and women in engineering in the United States has not increased since the early 2000s according to the Society of Women Engineers.

In an effort to improve that national trend, on Thursday, Nov. 9 and Friday, Nov. 10, nearly 20 female medical students and 40 female high school students from northern Nevada convened at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine to participate in the Perry Outreach Program, a hands-on program where they gained first-hand experience on orthopaedic and engineering procedures and techniques.

Continue reading for details on the program, clinics the students participated in and for a photo gallery of the event.


LifeWorks – Free Resource to All UNR Med Employees and their Families

The holidays are officially upon us. Although a joyous and celebratory time, work obligations, family responsibilities and financial strain can bring a lot of stress this time of year. The LifeWorks Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is here to help. Available to all UNR Med employees at any time, day or night, LifeWorks offers trained counselors who listen, provide a confidential sounding board and help find solutions either in person or over the phone.

To access a variety of informational articles, visit the LifeWorks website (member login username: NSHE, password: eap). For confidential advice and support, call (877) 234-5151, (888) 732-9020 (se habla español) or (800) 999-3004 (TTY/TDD).

Save the Date – #BleedSilverandBlue Blood Drive Dec. 5

Did you know that 125 pints of blood are used each day just in northern Nevada? Or that one donation can save up to three lives?

UNR Med's Student Wellness Committee is hosting a blood drive and invites you to come donate, Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Bloodmobile will be conveniently located in the Silver 10 parking lot in front of the Pennington Health Sciences Building. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are highly encouraged. Book your appointment now!

In addition to helping save lives, donors will receive a voucher for a free sandwich and drink from Port of Subs, courtesy of United Blood Services.

Time to Get Involved! – Student Community Initiatives Update and Upcoming Drives

Following the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Class of 2020 President Lazaro Peraza coordinated with Save the Children to raise money for Puerto Rico. As of Monday, Nov. 20, the campaign has raised $385, which will feed 50+ kids in Puerto Rico and the surrounding affected areas. There is still time to donate! The campaign will be active through the end of the year.

Additionally, the Class of 2020 is hosting a Salvation Army toy drive beginning Monday, Nov. 27. A collection box will be located outside the lecture halls on the first floor of the Pennington Health Sciences building.

Finally, a large can next to the toy drive collection box is the perfect place to drop off non-perishable food items. The items will be taken to St. Vincent Catholic Charities Thursday, Nov. 30. Anything helps!

New Faculty Orientation

UNR Med conducted another successful comprehensive new faculty orientation Wednesday, Nov. 8 and Thursday, Nov. 9. Twenty-one new faculty members representing clinical, basic science and administrative departments, as well as Renown and VA community partners, gained a better understanding of our school's mission, operations, organizational structure and workplace expectations and opportunities across campus. Our new faculty members especially enjoyed the professional career workshop conducted by Jennifer Hagen, M.D.; the diversity and inclusion session conducted by Nicole Jacobs, Ph.D.; and the strategic planning overview offered by Melissa Piasecki, M.D. The new faculty orientation provides our new colleagues a chance to network with each other, our leadership team and other faculty members, while developing a sense of UNR Med pride. The next session is scheduled for March 8-9, and all new faculty will be invited to attend. For more information, please contact Veronica Shearin, Human Resources Generalist.

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