Office of Medical Education

Medical Student Handbook: Administrative Offices and Functions

The Office of Medical Education (OME), under the direction of the Associate Dean for Medical Education, has responsibility for overall curriculum scheduling, implementation, evaluation, and classroom facilities. The office works closely with the curriculum committees, the faculty, the chairs, and the Dean on issues of management of the curriculum, and the evaluation of students, educational programs, and faculty teaching.

The office coordinates activities related to the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Subject Exams. It also conducts curricular reviews, educational evaluations, and facilitates educational research activities.

The office oversees the use of simulation in medical education. This includes the Simulated Patient (SP) Program comprised of standardized patients and computerized cases.

OME supports all Year 1 and 2 blocks, including the Practice of Medicine and Advanced Clinical Skills Blocks. Additional support is provided to Clinical Reasoning in Medicine, Advanced Clinical Experience in Rural Health Care, Teaching in Medicine, and the Transition to Clinical Medicine Course as well as coordinating rotations for selected Primary Care residents in rural sites. OME also coordinates the schedules for the third year clerkships and electives for fourth year students, and is responsible for the recruitment and retention of community-based faculty that are an integral part of our medical education programs.

Contact Information

Timothy K. Baker, M.D.
Associate Dean for Medical Education
1664 N. Virginia Street, MS 0342
Reno, NV 89557-0342
P: Reno - (775) 784-6063
P: Las Vegas - (702) 671-2302
F: (775) 784-6194
Gwen Shonkwiler, Ph.D.
Director, Evaluation and Assessment
1664 N. Virginia Street, MS 0342
Reno, NV 89557-0342
P: Reno - (775) 784-6063
F: (775) 784-6194
David J. Howard, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Director of Curricular Operations, Years 1-2

Curriculum Committees

The goals of these committees are to define, achieve and maintain educational excellence through a coherent and coordinated curriculum that aligns with the School of Medicine Institutional Objectives. The responsibility for the medical student curriculum of the School of Medicine will reside with three committees:

Medical Education Steering Committee

The Medical Education Steering Committee has integrated institutional responsibility for overall design, management, and evaluation of undergraduate medical education curriculum. It is the decision and policy-making body for the four-year School of Medicine curriculum.

Years 1 & 2 Block Directors' Committee; and, Years 3 & 4 Clerkship and Electives Directors' Committee

Each of these committees is responsible for implementing curriculum and managing student learning specific to the named years. The goals of these committees are to define, achieve, and maintain educational excellence through a coherent and coordinated curriculum. The Associate Dean for Medical Education will communicate committee decisions and recommendations to the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Dean of the School of Medicine.

When an action concerning an individual medical student's progress is recommended by the Years 1 & 2, or Years 3 & 4 committees, the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs is responsible for taking appropriate action, and for keeping both curricular committees informed of any action and/or status changes.

To be in concert with Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE Policies and Procedures), medical student members must be excused from participation and required to leave during committee deliberations when the performance of an individual medical student is reviewed unless the student who is the subject of the review has consented to the participation of the medical student members.

Membership in these committees represents a major educational service to the School and should be so reflected in student portfolios.