Nevada Medicine Weekly

Nevada Medicine Weekly | December 18, 2018

News for A Healthy Nevada


UNR Med welcomes new director of admissions and director of graduate medical education

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) welcomed Tamara Martinez-Anderson as director of admissions for the Office of Academic Affairs and Melody Alijani as director of graduate medical education.

Martinez-Anderson is dedicated to recruiting and enrolling a diverse student body at UNR Med by guiding and supporting prospective medical students as they prepare for and apply to medical school. She shares the school's commitment to inclusive student pipeline programs that introduce students from across the state to UNR Med and the quality medical education it provides and a holistic admission experience once they are accepted.

As director of graduate medical education, Alijani will support UNR Med's Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) to provide training for UNR Med interns, residents and fellows that help to improve the health of Nevadans. Alijani will lead through planning, organizing, monitoring, and evaluating the services of GME training program for faculty and residents, ensuring that all GME programs meet or exceed the Institutional and Program Requirements by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Learn more about Martinez-Anderson and Alijani


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Call for faculty evaluations

All faculty members hired on a continuing appointment (not a temporary or letter of appointment) are required to complete an annual self-evaluation, which includes meeting with their department chair or director to review their 2018 self-evaluation and 2019 plan. Please visit the Office for Faculty's evaluation webpage for details, forms and checklists.

Department packets are due to Debra Glogovac in the Office for Faculty, Pennington Medical Education Building, lower level, suite 029, by Friday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. Please direct questions regarding the evaluation process to Veronica Shearin, human resources generalist, at or (775) 682-7327. For questions regarding the content of annual evaluations, please contact Jennifer Hagen, M.D., senior associate dean for faculty, at or (775) 784-6758.

Clinical Simulation Center Scheduling

This semester, the simulation lab spaces nearly 400 events were scheduled in simulation lab spaces throughout on the second floor of Pennington Health Sciences. In order to efficiently accommodate event requests, please visit the simulation scheduling calendar to verify space availability and submit a room request to reserve simulation exam rooms, multipurpose classrooms and labs. To reserve other spaces on the School of Medicine campus, please visit the room reservation webpage. For questions regarding Clinical Simulation Center scheduling, contact Kelly Farley, simulation education coordinator, at or (775) 682-7164.

Faculty Travel Grant applications due Jan. 24

The Office Research & Innovation is now accepting applications for the Faculty Travel Grant program. Applications are due Thursday, Jan. 24 for travel occurring between March 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019. The grant covers registration, transportation and lodging costs for the purpose of interacting with a sponsor with the goal of enhancing funding potential or presenting scholarly work as a senior author exhibitor.

For more information and instructions for completing the Faculty Travel Grant application contact Research & Innovation. If you have questions regarding the application process, contact Tracy Goodsel,, or call the Office of Research & Innovation at (775) 327-2363. If you have not completed InfoEd training, contact Erika Waday at for temporary access to the grants portal.


Abbie Olszewski Ph.D., CCC-SLP, an assistant professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, recently published a book/therapy manual with Plural Publishing Company. Her book, titled Here's How to Teach Voice and Communication Skills to Transgender Women, is a project that stemmed out of a graduate thesis and a collaboration with a colleague in the Theatre and Dance Department.

More information on Abbie's book

Did you know?

50th anniversary logo

Before 1996, the Nelson building formerly housed the Reno Gazette-Journal. Warren Nelson, former casino owner, played a crucial role in gifting the building to UNR, after which the building was used for UNR Med clinical departments and offices.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Holiday: Christmas Day

December 25, 2018

Upcoming Holiday: New Year's Day

January 1, 2019

Events for December 18 – 25, 2018

Meet and Greet Potential Medical Students

December 18, 2018 • 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Welcome day reception for medical school applicants

ECHO Clinics: Pain Management

December 19, 2018 • 8–9 a.m.
Healthy Alternatives for Pain Management

ECHO Clinics: Geriatrics

December 19, 2018 • 12–1 p.m.
Falls Prevention and Management

Town Hall & Lunch with the Dean

December 19, 2018 • 12–1 p.m.
Academic Faculty

ECHO Clinics: Diabetes and General Endocrine

December 20, 2018 • 8–9 a.m.
Case Consultation

Diversity Dialogues

December 20, 2018 • 12–1 p.m.

Aphasia Communication Clinic

December 21, 2018 • 2:30–3:30 p.m.
The aphasia communication clinic supports a Life Participation Approach to Aphasia for stroke and brain injury survivors.

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KTVN "Ask the Doctor": UNR Med Free Student Outreach Clinics

December 11, 2018 • KTVN Channel 2 News
It is a win-win for the community and future physicians at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. In tonight's "Ask the Doctor" segment, we're talking about free Student Outreach Clinics and joining me is Dr. Wilfredo Torres, an assistant dean at the med school.

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UNR Med names new director of admissions and director of graduate medical education

December 17, 2018
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) welcomed Tamara Martinez-Anderson as director of admissions for the Office of Academic Affairs and Melody Alijani as director of graduate medical education.

Reflections from the Dean

December 11, 2018
We are soon to celebrate the close of one of the most extraordinary years in the history of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. UNR Med emerged as a “new” school, but one with a 50-year history and a tradition of educating health care professionals and scientists who go on to serve the community, the state and the world.

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