Fall 2009
Dean's Perspective

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Synapse Grows with Your Encouragement

Ole J. ThienhausThe first issue of our reborn Synapse magazine was very well received. That was all the encouragement we needed to make the second one bigger.

In this edition, you will find a new feature—the graduate medical education page, which is directly addressed to our residency and fellowship training programs. The School of Medicine is the only sponsor of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited residency training programs in the state, and these programs continue to make a major contribution to improving the chronic physician shortage problem in Nevada. With a strong commitment to primary care, we have added a number of specialty training programs in both Las Vegas and Reno, and hope to advance that growth with existing and new hospital partners throughout the state.

As we are gearing up for a formal celebration of our school’s 40th anniversary with a gala on Sept. 24 and a continuing medical education event the following day, please look through this issue to learn more about the innovative and expanding developments at the School of Medicine and the creative people behind them.

There is our partnership program with medical colleges in Thailand and pioneering research on sperm cells by Wei Yan, Ph.D., in our Department of Physiology and Cell Biology. Elissa Palmer, M.D., our Las Vegas-based chair of family medicine contributes training in advanced life-support obstetrical techniques to our primary care physicians. The speech pathology and audiology department is on the frontlines of reaching out to children and adolescents with autism. In these pages you will get to know one of our dynamic faculty leaders in Las Vegas neurology, Dr. David Ginsburg, and an outstanding medical student, Anthony Quinn.

If, in reading this issue of Synapse, you feel more connected to your School of Medicine and get a sense of how alive it is, I think we will have accomplished our goal. Please write to us and let us know what we can do for you to help strengthen your bond with your alma mater.