Co-Curricular Activities

Medical Student Handbook

Student Outreach Clinic

Under the direct supervision of licensed faculty and community physicians, medical students from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine offer monthly Student Outreach Clinics providing free care to the medically uninsured.

Student Volunteer Experiences

Students wishing to volunteer in any experience where patient care is provided must have a signed a memorandum of understanding between the School of Medicine and the event organizer in order to participate in the role of an School of Medicine medical student.

Student Shadowing Experiences

The primary purpose of shadowing is to observe a physician or healthcare provider performing his or her duties. This excludes the student from engaging in any activity, physically or verbally, that may be considered the practice of medicine. Shadowing is encouraged prior to matriculation for pre-med students. The following outlines the guidelines for School of Medicine students regarding shadowing experiences:

  • Observerships or shadowing experiences are prohibited for first and second year medical students during the academic year.
  • Shadowing is an activity outside the School of Medicine curriculum, therefore the liability policy (malpractice insurance) may not cover students who engage in shadowing activities.
  • During the third year, any clinical activities must be approved by the applicable clerkship director and must align with the goals and objectives of the applicable clerkship.
  • All clinical activities in the fourth year must be part of a School of Medicine approved course/elective and must be included on the student's fourth year schedule.

Students will be permitted to participate in shadowing experiences during non-curricular times (winter, spring or summer break), but only with prior approval from the School of Medicine. Students must make any requests for approval a minimum of two months prior to the start of any proposed shadowing experience. Only medical students in good standing (not on probation) will be permitted to participate in non-curricular shadowing experiences.