Fall 2016
At-A-Glance 2016-2017

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

UNR Med faculty in the anatomy lab.

Photo by Anne McMillin.

About Us

The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents approved the School of Medicine's proposal to formally change its name to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, effective July 1, 2016. The change more closely aligns Nevada's first public medical school with its parent university, the University of Nevada, Reno and further clarifies our affiliation, location and distinct role in the state.

We offer an intimate, student-focused environment and have a proven track record of educating best-in-class medical professions, bringing global research to northern Nevada and providing top-quality patient care to our community.

Medical Education

The School of Medicine welcomed 70 students to the Class of 2020. Eighty-four percent of the class is from Nevada. In our curriculum, we embrace innovative teaching methods designed for small class sizes and develop students to pursue any of a wide range of specialties. We emphasize clinical education throughout all four years allowing students to gain the skills to be well-rounded physicians. We work with affiliated physicians, health practitioners, researchers, educators and staff to create a strong and accessible team environment where students thrive and flourish.

Employees and Community Faculty

  • Community Faculty: 858
  • Administrative Staff: 182
  • Classified Staff: 178
  • Academic Faculty: 348
  • Practice Plan Staff: 423
  • Total Staff and Faculty: 1,989


  • Campuses: 3 (Reno, Las Vegas, Rural Nevada Communities)
  • Basic Science Departments: 5
  • Clinical Departments: 15


  • Medical Students: 275
  • Postdoctoral Fellows: 26
  • Doctoral Students: 25
  • Fellows: 43
  • Residents: 352
  • Total Students and Trainees: 731

Community Engagement and Partners

Through partnerships with community health care institutions, we are a resource for improving health care. Our partners in health include:

  • Renown Health
  • Veterans Health Administration Hospitals
  • Aurora Diagnostics
  • Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center
  • MountainView Hospital
  • University Medical Center

Alumni and Philanthropy

  • Four-Year Medical Degrees (1980-2016): 1,855
  • Two-Year Program Graduates (1971 TO 1979): 220
  • Total UNR Med Alumni: 2,075
  • Speech Pathology Alumni: 1,013
  • UNR Med Endowment: $37,323,623*
  • 2015-2016 Philanthropic Gifts: $5,669,144

*Market value as of June 30, 2015

Graduate Medical Education

In the past decade, the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine has increased its graduate medical education positions from 219 to 395.

In that time, the school started nine new accredited programs statewide (hospice & palliative medicine, sports medicine, pulmonology/critical care, gastroenterology, cardiology, orthopaedic surgery, family medicine-rural track, child psychiatry and otolaryngology), the nation's first acute care surgery fellowship program and non-accredited programs in family medicine-obstetrics, emergency medicine ultrasound, minimally invasive surgery, hand and microvascular surgery, colorectal surgery and family medicine-urgent care.


  • Residents: 103
  • Fellows: 11
  • Total: 114

Las Vegas

  • Residents: 249
  • Fellows: 32
  • Total: 281


  • More than $17 million in current National Institutes of Health funding nationally-recognized programs in muscular dystrophy, gastrointestinal disorders, HIV, infertility, cancer, infectious diseases and battlefield injuries
  • Sponsor or partner in three Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grants
  • Host for Nevada's IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence grant and Nevada's only NIH Program Project grant

Economic Contribution to Nevada

  • In 2015, the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine employed 2,126 Nevadans with a combined $118.6 million in payroll and benefits.
  • Spending by School of Medicine employees generated an additional 1,363 jobs and $55.9 million in payroll and benefits in Nevada.
  • School of Medicine expenditures of $64.9 million on education, research and clinical operations generated an additional $53.4 million in economic activity in the state.
  • The total economic contribution of the School of Medicine to the Nevada economy was $292.8 million.
  • Every dollar spent by the School of Medicine in 2015 produced an additional $0.596 in economic activity in Nevada that year.

Source: 2016 Report on School of Medicine Contributions to the Nevada Economy, Office of Statewide Initiatives

Contact Us



1664 North Virginia Street, M/S 332, Reno, Nevada 89557

Las Vegas

1701 West Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
(702) 671-2306


701 Walnut Street, Elko, Nevada 89801
(775) 738-3828