Spring 2013
Resident Round-Up

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Resident, Amanda Magrini discusses charts with professor

Amanda Magrini, M.D.'10, chief family medicine resident in Reno, discusses a patient's chart with Lacy Fettic, M.D.'09, assistant professor of family medicine. Photo by Matt Lush.

‘Home-grown’ alumna, resident plans to stay

By Matt Lush

Third-generation Nevadan Amanda Magrini, M.D. '10, thought she was going to be a journalist. But after taking career tests and attending a University of Nevada School of Medicine program called "Nevadans Into Medicine," she changed her mind. Magrini felt called to make a career in health care.

After making that decision, she remembers walking past the Pennington Medical Education Building during her fourth year as an University of Nevada, Reno undergraduate, thinking, "I hope that's where I'm headed next year!" Now, she says she couldn't imagine doing anything else with her life.

She ended up majoring in biochemistry and graduated in 2006, then entered the School of Medicine that fall.

Now a chief resident at the family medicine clinic in Reno, she doesn't have any regrets. Her journey is something she thinks of as an achievement-something she wouldn't have done any other way.

When Magrini started medical school, she expected to pursue a career in primary care. It wasn't until her third year that she realized family medicine would ultimately be the path she would choose.

"I value the relationships I form with my patients. Being able to follow not only their health problems, but also the important milestones in their lives, such as marriage, children and graduations, is amazing," Magrini said.

Though her training is nearly complete, she is reminded that there is still a long road of learning that awaits her.

"Learning in medicine is almost completely seeing and doing," she said. "During rounds you can start with an 88-year old patient with COPD, then move to a 30-year old with viral meningitis and then see a child with Kawasaki disease."

"I don't think I could be happier. It has been such a journey over the past couple of years," she said.

Magrini began teaching in 2009. It blossomed into one of her passions.

She teaches with Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., in the "musculoskeletal block" of the new curriculum for first- and second-year medical students.

"Dean Schwenk is a fantastic wealth of knowledge, and it has been a great learning experience getting to work together," Magrini said.

Why does she teach? Like the educational role models who influenced her in life and academics, she believes it is important to continue to give back.

"I don't know if there is anything more satisfying than seeing someone reflect on something you taught them and continue on to teach someone else," Magrini said.

"Everyone learns differently, but I try to use the methods I found most useful as a student, and avoid those that didn't work so well."

Being a "home-grown Nevadan," Magrini plans to stay in the Reno-Sparks area to practice, and hopes to find a position that will allow her to practice both inpatient and outpatient medicine.

"I get a huge amount of fulfillment from patient care," Magrini said. "But I know I will feel like something is missing in my life if I am not interacting with other students and residents. Ultimately, I see myself returning to the School of Medicine to continue giving back to the community and to help shape future physicians of the world."