Spring 2012
Dean's Perspective

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Telling our story

Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.

I am proud to represent the 1,783 faculty and staff members, medical and graduate students, residents and fellows whose work contributes to the School of Medicine's success every day.

Two of those staff members are new writers for Synapse: Anne Pershing, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated longtime Nevada newspaper editor and Matt Lush, a journalism student at the University of Nevada, Reno. You will see their work in this and future issues as they bring to you a glimpse of why I am honored to be part of this outstanding medical school.

In this issue you will learn about how we are training new physicians in programs ranging from otorhinolaryngology to rural family medicine, an exciting new approach to teaching anatomy made possible by the new technology available in the William N. Pennington Health Sciences Building, and a new program that integrates undergraduate and medical education for prospective physicians. We are reaching out to help rural physicians in Nevada with specialty consultations through Project ECHO and helping indigent patients in Reno through the Student Outreach Clinic. In a new feature, we profile an alumnus who is helping patients in underdeveloped countries with congenital deformities that can be helped by plastic surgery.

And those of you who have helped our medical school with your contributions are recognized. You will learn about our new chair of obstetrics and gynecology in Las Vegas and about the outstanding students of the Class of 2015, who started last fall just after I arrived.

The breadth and impact of the School of Medicine are impressive, and it is a privilege to be able to tell about just a few of the amazing things that happen here every day.

Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.
Dean, University of Nevada School of Medicine