Spring 2010
Facts and Figures

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Adam Weller examines a child during his rural rotation

Each medical student is required to do a rural rotation during their third year. Here, Adam Weller, M.D.’08, examines a child during his rural rotation in Elko. Photo courtesy Keith Clark/Center for Education and Health Services

Rural outreach

The Center for Education and Health Services Outreach at the University of Nevada School of Medicine is dedicated to providing education, service and outreach to the entire state of Nevada with a focus on reaching medically underserved areas and populations.

  • The Nevada State Office of Rural Health annually offers 500 technical assistance contacts for health professionals, recruitment and retention activities, community needs assessments, emergency medical services outreach and community development activities.
  • The telehealth and telecommunications network supports 250 administrative meetings annually, provides distance education setting for more than 300 continuing education events and supports clinical telemedicine consultations.
  • Nevada Geriatric Education Center improves quality of care delivered to older Nevadans by providing education, information and resources to health professionals. Since 2001, more than 140 medical residents received geriatric rotation experience, 2,700 medical/dental students and residents attended 134 educational events and nearly 10,000 health care professionals and community members participated in 300 continuing education programs. More than 240 patients have been seen since January 2008 via telemedicine consultation to 50 rural sites.
  • Seventy annual professional education courses attended by more than 1,000 participants at 18 rural locations.
  • Supports annual transmission of approximately 1.5 million digital radiology images from rural providers.
  • Since 2002, the automated external defibrillator (AED) program has placed more than 625 AEDs in rural Nevada including fire and emergency medical services, tribal and county law enforcement, schools, senior centers, mines, casinos, youth centers, public pools, libraries, churches and government buildings. In addition, nearly 70 AEDs have been placed with rural-based Nevada Highway Patrol troopers.
  • The Rural Obstetrical Access Program provides prenatal and obstetrical care to women in rural and frontier areas of Nevada including Yerington, where School of Medicine faculty and residents staff a bi-monthly clinic for women who would otherwise have to travel to Reno for prenatal care.