About the School of Medicine

Medical Student Handbook

When the School of Medicine was chartered in 1969, its mission was training and providing primary care doctors for Nevada's rural communities. While the school's mission has expanded, it has also remained true to its original charter to provide statewide medical education and patient care with campuses in Reno, Las Vegas and Elko. Undergraduate medical education is concentrated in the classroom and labs on the Reno campus, where the curriculum emphasizes basic biomedical and behavioral sciences. The school's comprehensive clinical curriculum occurs on the Reno, Las Vegas and Elko campuses, as well as other rural sites throughout the state, wherein students are exposed to providing healthcare in rural communities.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, a research-intensive, community-based, statewide medical school, has served Nevada for more than 40 years as its only public medical school. Our mission is improving the health of Nevada's diverse population through world-class biomedical research, an innovative curriculum integrating basic and clinical sciences, and highly competitive residency and fellowship programs that complement a statewide network of urban and rural clinical facilities. Through targeted growth and investment in research, clinical services and education, we are a resource for improving health care regionally and across the country.

Mission Statement

Our mission at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is to improve the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through:

  • Excellence in medical student education and postgraduate training that produces national leaders in medicine,
  • Excellence in clinical care of the highest quality, safety and innovation,
  • Excellence in biomedical and behavioral research with local, national and global impact and
  • Demonstrated commitment to an institutional culture of respect, compassion and diversity.

Diversity Statement

The School of Medicine recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education, research and health care. Our school is an inclusive and engaged community and recognizes the added value that students, faculty and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience. We strive to develop culturally competent graduates to care for the residents of Nevada and the nation.

Policy Disclaimer

All policies referenced in the handbook are subject to change and the most recently approved policy will be followed. Updated policies can be found at the School of Medicine Policy Manual.