Spring 2014
Dean's Perspective

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Increasing Nevada’s Supply of Health Care Professionals

Thomas SchwenkLast fall, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) announced a new partnership that will significantly change the scope and mission of medical education in Nevada forever. They endorsed some modifications to that vision in their most recent meeting in early March.

The University of Nevada School of Medicine will expand its Reno campus to a full four years, while also developing a regional campus in Las Vegas that will emphasize third- and fourth-year medical student teaching and residency and fellowship training. This will be done in partnership with UNLV as they take the lead in launching an accreditation process for a new school of medicine.

The Memorandum of Understanding signed on Nov. 6, 2013 also emphasizes the critical importance of a continued statewide commitment to expanding the training of residents and fellows in primary care and specialties. This simple, two-page document will guide the process by which public medical education in Nevada will finally grow into the size and quality needed to fully serve the state, under the supervision of a high level task force chaired by NSHE Chancellor Dan Klaich. You can learn more about these exciting developments in the interview.

As we grow our school, its magazine grows with it. In this issue we introduce four more pages of story content to give you additional information on the programs, initiatives and events at the School of Medicine.

Finally, I want to draw special attention to an award recognizing excellent reporting by Synapse Editor Anne McMillin, APR, in the Fall 2012 issue.

She received second-place honors at the Nevada Press Association’s annual awards event for the article on "Training physicians for the 21st century," in the category of "Best explanatory magazine journalism." The judges commented that it was, "an informative guide to the changes being made to the School’s curriculum, laid out very clearly and in logical order." Just one more example of the excellent work done every day by our School of Medicine faculty and staff members.

Signature of Thomas Schwenk

Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.
Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Dean, University of Nevada School of Medicine
Vice President, Division of Health Sciences