Fall 2015

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Clinician's Ceremony 2015.

Going Clinical: Xibel Liu, Alex Wonnaparhown and Melvin Chan at the Clinician's Ceremony for the Class of 2017. Photo by Edgar Antonio Núñez.

Office for Community Faculty Established

Another block on the foundation of building a four-year medical school in Reno is in place as the School of Medicine welcomed April Heiselt, Ph.D., to be the founding director of the newly-established Office for Community Faculty.

The role of the Office for Community Faculty and its director is to enhance relationships with community partners in northern Nevada, while continuously seeking out new relationships within the health care community, all with the goal of enhancing the educational experiences of learners.

Heiselt, who comes to Nevada from Mississippi State University, is excited for this new opportunity in higher education, where she has spent her entire career.

"My role includes building relationships with community faculty, department heads, rural physicians and preceptors to ensure that their voices are heard throughout the process. This is a team effort to better address the health care needs of Nevadans," she said.

The Office for Community Faculty and Heiselt serve as the primary contacts for community faculty members for the partnership between an individual physician or a group practice and the School of Medicine and act as a steward to maintain the relationship. Heiselt works closely with medical school leadership and has frequent communication with block directors, clerkship and elective directors, residency program directors and other faculty.

Thanks to the generosity of Renown Health and highlighting the recently signed partnership agreement between the University of Nevada and Renown Health, the Office for Community Faculty will be located at the Renown Regional Medical Center campus in the Sierra Tower this winter.

Max Coppes, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, Renown Health executive vice president and chief medical and academic officer, offers his perspective.

"This is another great example of the many ways Renown and the School of Medicine can work together to ultimately increase the number of physicians that will choose northern Nevada as their home. By providing medical students memorable educational experiences, we greatly increase the likelihood that they will choose to stay here after they finish their medical training. This new space will become Renown Health's focal point for medical education."

Class of 2017 Transitions to Clinical Years

The School of Medicine held its 16th Annual Clinician's Ceremony on June 29 in the Council Chambers of Las Vegas City Hall.

This transitional ceremony for the 69 students in the Class of 2017 marked their progression from basic sciences classroom instruction to the clinical years of medical education.

The ceremony was created by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to "underscore the challenges and imperatives to providing humanistic care to patients at the same time as students are pressed to demonstrate high standards of skill performance." It has been widely adopted by medical schools across the country.

The ceremony itself has several important elements including presentation of Professionalism Awards for outstanding examples of professionalism from the ranks of the Class of 2017. Amy Lilly was recognized for the trait of humility, Davy Warner for duty, Nicole Heidt for altruism, Cicero RunningCrane for integrity and Colt Williams for respect.

In addition, medical residents were recognized with the Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. These awards were received by Kelsey West, Yusria Malik, Ethan Benning, Michael Barness, Ashley Pistorio and John Tan.