Spring 2014
Alumni Notes

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Message from the Alumni Association President

Tracey DelaplainChallenges and changes

We are facing many health care challenges as a nation and as a state which will lead to inevitable changes at the School of Medicine. I have been watching the undercurrents closely, sometimes with trepidation and sometimes with great hope, for a better future for all Nevadans.

Be a part of the changes by staying engaged and attending town hall meetings with Dean Schwenk, discuss clerkship opportunities with your hospitals and partners, talk to your elected officials about funding or go to Washington and lobby for graduate medical education funding. Start small or make grand commitments, but stay engaged.

You can stay involved at the local level by being a mentor. Students need to interact with physicians who still love medicine and the patients they serve. This is our gift to future physicians and their patients. Many of you are already teachers and mentors through the preceptor program at our medical school, but for those of you who are not yet involved, consider all of the opportunities that are available.

Match Day was March 21

Nevada alumni are universally proud to be graduates of the School of Medicine and our students continue to make us proud year after year.

Results from Match Day confirm that Nevada students are well rounded, experienced and competitive. Our students can compete with any medical student in the nation. When given the chance to interview at the best training programs, they shine. We consistently place students in top programs and top specialties.

However, I’m most proud of the fact that our students all receive a solid primary care education on which to build.

We also graduate students who have a manageable debt load, which opens all opportunities to them, including rewarding careers in primary care.

Nevada and most of the nation need primary care physicians and the School of Medicine is doing its best to meet those needs.

Hooding takes place May 16

I have a special place in my heart for this class as I presented them with their first white coats and I will recite the Physician’s Oath with them at graduation. I have watched them grow into compassionate physicians and look forward to welcoming them as alumni and colleagues.

If you haven’t been to hooding since you graduated, then I invite you to join the friends, family and faculty of the School of Medicine in a ceremony that will restore your faith in medicine as a calling and not just a career.

If I could give my newly graduated self some advice I would say: “Don’t take yourself so seriously, you are stronger than you can imagine, find a balance between medicine and life, ask more questions, ask for help as needed, listen to the nurses, be in the moment with every patient, and start every patient encounter with compassion.”

Your generosity is outstanding

Thank you for taking the time to renew your membership and/or for donating to the Alumni Association’s special projects.

We will need new board members and reunion coordinators in June, so please contact the alumni office at (775) 682-7341 if you would like to serve on the board or as a reunion coordinator for your 10th, 25th, or 40th class reunion. The annual alumni events will be part of UNR’s Homecoming Week this fall, so stay tuned for more details.

My final president’s letter

With my two-year term as president of the School of Medicine Alumni Association coming to an end in June, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the members of the board for their generous contributions to our growth and success as an organization. We have grown in both membership and visibility over the past few years.

With that in mind, I look forward to the continued success of the association under the leadership of our next president, Helen Gray M.D. ’08, ‘11 Family Medicine Residency.

Tracey Delaplain, M.D. ’87, FACOG