Spring 2011
Dean's Perspective

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Growing graduate medical education

Cheryl Hug-EnglishI'm delighted to let you know that this magazine was honored late last year with two awards.

The Public Relations Society of America presented Synapse with its Silver Spike Award and the magazine was recognized by the Nevada Press Association for the fall 2009 cover story on autism.

With this issue of Synapse we explore graduate medical education, which can be described as the fulcrum of School of Medicine activity. Our residents are an integral part of our institution. They fill a key role in teaching and mentoring our medical students, providing clinical care to patients and contributing to scholarly and research activities.

The School of Medicine's first residency program, obstetrics and gynecology, was established in 1981 in Las Vegas, only a year after we granted our first medical degrees. Since then, our offerings have grown to 11 residencies and 14 fellowships, with large programs in internal, pediatric, and surgical medicine. We anticipate expansion in both resident and fellow programs over the next five years, both in types of programs and in size of cohorts. Graduate medical education is essential to our teaching and service mission, as well as the financial health of our school and its clinical programs.

After a nationwide search, Thomas Schwenk, M.D., currently with the University of Michigan Medical School, was announced as the next School of Medicine dean and vice president, Division of Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Schwenk arrives in Nevada this summer as our first faculty member to have been named to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. We look forward to welcoming him as our new dean and know that the School of Medicine will benefit greatly from his leadership.

Lastly, let me say it has been a tremendous privilege and honor to serve my alma mater as interim dean for the last year. I am so proud of our students, residents, faculty and staff that make our school so successful. Thank you to all of you who have shown me such support during this past year.

Cheryl Hug-English, M.D., MPH
Interim Dean
University of Nevada School of Medicine