Fall 2013
Alumni Notes

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Tracy Delaplain

Message from the President of the Alumni Association

Become a mentor and feel your passion for medicine again. There is strange alchemy that occurs when you open yourself up to a medical student's scrutiny. You get a little nervous, you question your technique or your logic, you are kinder and you try harder. You aren't worried about reimbursement, correct coding, ACOs and health care reform. You are worried about being the best possible physician you can be.

Community physicians are the lifeblood of our medical school, which needs your help to build new connections to ensure that our students continue to have access to the best clinicians in Nevada for clerkships and graduate medical education.

There are many opportunities to become involved in projects that improve the education of our students and the health care of Nevadans.

The Career Insight Advisement Group matches physician mentors to a small group of medical students who are interested in the physician's specialty. The groups meet once every semester for 1-2 hours to discuss medical careers. This opportunity calls for a minimal time commitment for a fun, casual mentoring experience on the Reno campus. Contact Jodi Shpargel, Assistant to Associate Dean, Admissions and Student Affairs at (775) 682-8361.

Physicians are needed at the Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada clinic which provides health care for the uninsured residents of Clark County. For details, please contact Rebecca Edgeworth, M.D., the clinic's medical director.

The Student Outreach Clinic provides care to the underserved patients of Washoe County and is run by first- and second-year students. The clinics include general medicine, pediatrics, women's care and geriatrics. Volunteer as little as five hours a year or as much as five hours a week.

I know that you are inundated with requests for your time, and I am so grateful for every alumnus who is currently teaching and mentoring here and across the nation. Send me an email if you would like to be a part of the school's future.

The Alumni Association was honored to present the 2013 Alumnus of the Year Award to Paul B. Roth, M.D., MS, FACEP during UNR Homecoming Week.

We are looking for new alumni board members to serve in 2014-2016. All alumni are welcome to apply. If you have not renewed your membership, please take the time to send in your dues and/or your donation to the Alumni Association Scholarship fund, Student Project Grant or the David Lupan Student Research Endowment.

Tracey Delaplain, M.D.'87, FACOG