Spring 2013
Dean's Perspective

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Thomas Schwenk

Appreciating our statewide mission

By Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.

The University of Nevada School of Medicine has a statewide mission and commitment, but its statewide presence is often underappreciated. This issue of Synapse clearly demonstrates the breadth and depth of our contributions to the entire state.

You can read about the strong partnership the school has with the trauma program at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas. UMC has the only Level One Trauma Center in Nevada, and is in the news literally daily for its management of so many complex trauma patients. Much of its success is attributed to our outstanding faculty physicians, fellows and residents who staff it.

In other stories you can read about our expertise in pediatric pulmonary medicine across the state, how our admissions office and committee recruits the most outstanding students from every community in Nevada, and the special contributions made by our excellent family medicine faculty members and residents in both Las Vegas and Reno.

Finally, you can see the widespread support enjoyed by the School of Medicine from its many generous contributors, both the long list of personal donations as well as the significant increase in scholarship support provided by the William N. Pennington Foundation. I would like to personally thank each and every one of you who has helped us better accomplish our mission of training the next generation of physicians, caring for patients and conducting research that improves the health and health care of all Nevadans.

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