Spring 2010
Resident Round-Up

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Reed Dopf, M.D.

Reed Dopf, M.D.,’06, completed his internal medicine residency with the School of Medicine and is currently a geriatrics fellow at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Reno. Photo by Laura Levin

New fellowships draw physicians to Nevada

Story by Marcie Newpher

Newly-launched fellowship programs add to the School of Medicine's subspecialization training in order to attract and retain the best specialists for Nevada.

These new fellowships include hospice and palliative care in Reno and medical oncology in Las Vegas.

Fellowships offer more in-depth, post residency education to physicians wanting to practice a medical subspecialty, as well as the opportunity to expand research. Fellowships grant a sense of prestige to the institution, aid in receiving significant federal funding and enhance the school's ability to become a leader in medical care.

They also help to recruit strong residents who are likely to choose to stay in Nevada to practice.

"If residents choose to stay on with our fellowship, the likelihood they will stay in Nevada to practice is much higher," said Miriam Bar-on, M.D., associate dean for graduate medical education, adding that this is a good way to build the physician base to meet the needs of Nevadans.

"We were accredited in September 2009 for hospice and palliative care in Reno and will be enrolling our first class of fellows in medical oncology in Las Vegas this summer. This oncology fellowship is a collaborative project between our school and Nevada Cancer Institute," said Bar-on.

Developing the oncology fellowship will increase the long-standing collaboration between the School of Medicine and the institute, according to Karen Fields, M.D., chief medical officer and associate center director of clinical affairs at Nevada Cancer Institute.

"One of our goals is to train the next generation of oncology professionals here at the cancer center so that Nevada won't be reliant on people moving in, but rather people who want to stay for the long-run in Nevada," Fields said.

"There's going to be a shortage in health care for oncology so it's very important we recognize the need to serve our citizens by educating people in this field."

After a nationwide search, three fellows will be enrolled in the medical oncology program this year.

Reed Dopf, M.D., a fellow with the geriatrics program in the Reno internal medicine department, said his decision to advance his training through a fellowship, has enriched his professional expertise.

"I came to love the nuance and sensitivity involved in the care of elderly patients and was excited for fellowship training in my hometown," said Dopf, who attended high school in Carson City, graduated from the School of Medicine in 2006 and completed his internal medicine residency in Reno.

As a geriatric fellow, Dopf takes advantage of several opportunities including publishing original research, contributing to educational materials and promoting the specialty to interested students.

Richard Baynosa, M.D., a micro-vascular surgery fellow, remained in southern Nevada to complete a fellowship following his plastic surgery residency with the School of Medicine.

"The hand/microsurgery fellowship was a unique opportunity that allowed me to work more closely with a world-renowned microsurgeon and mentor in Dr. William Zamboni. I wanted to train in a place that would further my career and offer an opportunity to publish and participate in organized plastic surgery research," said Baynosa, who plans to stay in Nevada to practice surgery following his fellowship.

Accredited fellowship programs at the University of Nevada School of Medicine include child psychiatry, sports medicine, geriatrics, hospice and palliative medicine, surgical critical care and medical oncology.

Nonaccredited fellowships are micro-vascular surgery, acute care surgery and family medicine obstetrics.

Nonaccredited programs mean that the American Board of Medical Specialties does not offer certification in these particular fields.