Fall 2012
Facts and Figures

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Doctor Daliah Wachs examines patient

Las Vegas family physician Daliah Wachs, M.D., graduated from the School of Medicine in 1997. She is host of a live call-in medical talk show on radio. Photo by Edgar Antonio Nunez.


  • The School of Medicine has produced 1,767 M.D. alumni, including the 220 students enrolled in the two-year program from 1971-1979, who finished their medical degrees at other institutions.
  • While the charter class (1971-1973) had only 30 members, the class size increased quickly and stayed at 45-55 students for many years before growing to 62 for five years in the early 2000s. This year's entering Class of 2016 is 69 students. The William N. Pennington Health Sciences Building has increased the school's capacity to a class size of 100, and the School of Medicine is expected to build to that number gradually over the next decade.
  • In addition to the medical degree, the School of Medicine offers other important health science degrees. The largest and oldest is speech pathology and audiology, which has graduated 715 students from its bachelor, master and doctorate clinical programs. Many of these alumni have both a bachelor and master degrees, and a few of the 715 alumni have earned both the master and doctorate degrees in speech pathology from the School of Medicine.
  • In the basic sciences, the medical school has graduated 98 doctorate students in cellular and molecular biology, pharmacology and physiology, and biochemistry. From the late 1960s to 1990, the school offered bachelor degrees in medical technology and clinical laboratory graduating 168 students. Thus the School of Medicine has graduated more than 990 health care professionals in addition to medical doctors.

Alumni summary

  • 1,755 M.D.
  • 12 M.D./Ph.D.
  • 715 Speech pathology B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
  • 168 Medical technology/ clinical laboratory B.S.
  • 98 Ph.D.

2,748 Total School of Medicine degree holders