Fall 2012
Ceremony marks progression to clinical years

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Third-year medical students at clinician's ceremony

Third-year medical students, from left to right, Justin Perry, Brandon Godfrey, Alec Runyon and MacGregor Brownlow at this year's Clinician's Ceremony. Photo by Edgar Antonio Nunez.

Signifies critical role of Las Vegas in training

By Anne McMillin, APR

Halfway through medical school. Transitioning to the clinical years. An inaugural student ceremony in Las Vegas.

Members of the Class of 2014, along with their families, friends, faculty and staff of the School of Medicine, gathered for the 13th Annual Clinician's Ceremony on June 29 in Las Vegas.

Also in attendance were several distinguished guests including Nevada System of Higher Education Regents Mark Alden, Mark Doubrava, M.D. '89, and Rick Trachok, Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager and members of the University Medical Center advisory board and leadership team.

This transitional ceremony for the 62 students in the Class of 2014 marked their progression from basic sciences classroom instruction to the clinical years of medical education. Nearly two-thirds of the class will be in Las Vegas completing clinical training this academic year.

Held for the first time in Las Vegas, this annual ceremonial event will become a mainstay of the University of Nevada School of Medicine's academic year in Southern Nevada.

"This ceremony symbolizes the significance in the critical role Las Vegas plays in our students' clinical training," said Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., dean of the medical school.

He went on to tell the Class of 2014 that they have two roles to learn in medical school: how to be a life-long learner with the privilege to be involved in a patient's life; and secondly, that of a physician, who is part of the health care delivery system.

Lisa Lyons, M.D. '97, former alumni association president, also addressed the class urging them to stay open to the professional paths available to them, take time to learn about their patients and families; and finally, to take care of themselves.

Outgoing class president Travis Anderson extoled his classmates as the "finest group of individuals I have ever worked with," saying they were the faces that will lead society into the next generation of medicine.

Katie Lyons, incoming class president, recognized her class as a community working together toward a common goal.

She expressed gratitude to faculty, family and friends who had helped her classmates toward the dream of becoming physicians.

The ceremony had important elements including presentation of Professionalism Awards for outstanding student examples of the five characteristics of professionalism.

Presented their awards, as selected by their classmates/peers, by Timothy Baker, M.D. '04, associate dean for medical education, those honored included Katie Lyons (recognized for duty), Natsuko Takakuwa (altruism), Dominik Prosser (humility), Alec Runyon (respect) and Daniel Hansen (integrity).

Those students honored with the professionalism awards, along with Dean Schwenk, were inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, which recognizes exceptional medical students, residents and physician-teachers for excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service.

Six medical residents, selected by the medical students they teach, were recognized with the Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

They included Walter Yuen, M.D., internal medicine, Reno; Jayleen Chin, M.D., psychiatry, Reno; Mariangela Rivera, M.D., surgery; Vickie Bailey, M.D., pediatrics; and Kanchan Kanel, M.D., and Deepak Nandikanti, M.D., both with internal medicine, Las Vegas.

Students also received a new white coat, which included their name and symbolizes their important role in the health care team.