Spring 2014
News and Notes

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Wilson, Kirkpatrick New Department Leaders

The School of Medicine welcomes new leaders to its Department of Pediatrics in Las Vegas and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in Reno.

Nevin Wilson, M.D.’82, who assumes the position of chair of pediatrics in Las Vegas, is a familiar presence at the School of Medicine, having previously served as chair of the pediatrics department in Reno.

James Winder, M.D., takes over as interim pediatrics department chair in Reno.

Brian Kirkpatrick, M.D., joins the faculty as the chair of psychiatry for Reno.

Kirkpatrick, who is board-certified in psychiatry, comes to Nevada from Texas A&M College of Medicine where he served as professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry.

Prior to that appointment, he served as professor and vice chair of the psychiatry and health behavior department at Medical College of Georgia, as an investigator for the mental illness research, education and clinical center of the Baltimore Veterans Administration Hospital and as professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Kirkpatrick earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, followed by residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He followed residency with a fellowship in clinical research at the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and another fellowship in neuropharmacology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Singer Selected as Interim Associate Dean

Cherie Singer, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology, has been selected interim associate dean for admissions and student affairs, following the retirement of Peggy Dupey, Ph.D.


Sons of Italy Donates to Savitt Library

Sons of Italy donation.The Reno and Sparks lodges of the Sons of Italy continued their longtime support of the School of Medicine’s Savitt Library with a donation in support of reference materials on birth defects.

Library Director Terry Henner, here, accepts a check from Pamela Ricci of the Cristoforo Colombo Lodge 1534 in Reno as John Menicucci of the Giuseppe Verde Lodge 1441 in Sparks looks on.


New Staff Joins Institutional Advancement Team

John Ostezan joins in the capacity of associate development director where he will work with alumni and friends to create meaningful giving opportunities to support the students, faculty and outreach efforts.

For the past 15 years, he has been in pharmaceutical sales in Reno with various companies and has been recognized with multiple sales awards over his career.

Kevin Murphy joins as web systems coordinator, working to rebuild the School of Medicine web presence.

He previously served as web developer for the University of Nevada, Reno as a member of the Integrated Marketing department and was instrumental in building the University’s 10,000+ page website. Prior to that, Murphy was the webmaster for Western Nevada College.


Updated Health Care Careers Manual Released

The University of Nevada School of Medicine and the High Sierra Area Health Education Center announce the release of “Health Care Careers in Nevada 2014-2015.”

This updated edition of the manual contains a wide range of current information on more than 80 health care occupations in Nevada, including an overview of job requirements, Nevada employment outlook and average salary data in Nevada for each occupation. The guide also provides a detailed inventory of educational certificate and degree programs in Nevada for each type of health care job. For more information call (775) 784-1235.


School of Medicine Sponsors Emergency Medical Services Conference

For the 22nd year, the School of Medicine hosted the Rural Nevada Emergency Medical Services State Conference, held in Elko last September. The conference was co-sponsored by the Northeastern Area Health Education Center and included three days of workshops and seminars on a variety of topics ranging from rodeo trauma to mining accidents to pediatric sepsis.

The goal of this conference is to provide a mechanism in which rural EMS personnel are able to keep skills up-to-date and refreshed while having access national and local resources and speakers.

Of the nearly 200 EMTs who attended the conference, 96 represented Nevada mining companies. Nevada counties represented included Nye, Lander, Clark, Eureka, Elko, White Pine, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Lincoln, Washoe and Humboldt.

This conference has been a partnership with the State of Nevada EMS, Nevada CAH/FLEX program, mining EMS and local EMS service units.


Nevada State Office of Rural Health Receives Award of Merit

The Nevada State Office of Rural Health, under the direction of Gerald Ackerman, received the 2013 Award of Merit from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health during a ceremony on Oct. 30, 2013 at the organization’s annual conference in Asheville, N.C.

NOSORH was created in 1995 to serve as an influential voice for rural health concerns and promote a healthy rural America through state and community leadership. The organization presents its Award of Merit to a State Office of Rural Health that has made a significant contribution in the field of rural health.


Nevada Geriatric Education Center Celebrates 21 Years

The School of Medicine’s Nevada Geriatric Education Center celebrated 21 years of serving the state’s population of older adults by improving health care through provider education with a reception on Oct. 16, 2013 in Reno.

Presentations were offered by University of Nevada, Reno Provost Kevin Carman, Ph.D.; Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., vice president of the Division of Health Sciences and Peter Reed, director of the Sanford Center for Aging.

The Nevada Geriatric Education Center’s mission is to improve the health care delivered to older adults by providing education, information and resources to health care professionals and faculty.


Reaching Out to Teens to Explore Health Care Careers

Operation Health Care Bound, University of Nevada, Reno.For the sixth year, the “Operation Health Care Bound” event returned to Reno on Sept. 14, 2013 at the University of Nevada, Reno Joe Crowley Student Union. The event gives Washoe County middle school and high school students and their parents the opportunity to explore available health care careers and participate in hands-on demonstrations.

The free event included health care booths showcasing all aspects of health care, interaction with and presentations from local health care professionals, local university and community college booths, scholarship information, CPR awareness courses, anatomy labs, career readiness information, health and wellness education and public safety demonstrations.

Event sponsors were the High Sierra Area Health Education Center and the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority with support from University of Nevada School of Medicine, Nursing Institute of Nevada, Career and Technical Education, Nevada AHEC Centers, Washoe County School District and the Nevada Department of Education.


Students Try Robotics Thanks to Renown Health

Medical student and da Vinci robot at Renown Health in Reno.Students from the School of Medicine, Orvis School of Nursing, College of Engineering and the Davidson Academy had the opportunity to try their hand with the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System demonstration last fall.

Thanks to the generosity of the Renown Institute for Robotics and Peter Lim, M.D., medical director of the Center for Hope, several demonstration stations were available in the foyer of the William N. Pennington Health Sciences Building in Reno for students to test their skills at minimally-invasive surgery techniques using the da Vinci system.

This opportunity is one of the first tangible opportunities resulting from the newly-announced partnership between the School of Medicine and Renown Health.


Reaching American Indian/Alaska Native High School Students

The School of Medicine, under the leadership of Ann Diggins, director of recruitment and student services, co-sponsored a one-day outreach seminar last summer with the Association of American Indian Physicians.

The Accessing Health Professions Seminar, funded by the School of Medicine, is designed to better prepare American Indian/Alaska Native high school students to pursue a career in the health professions or biomedical research. The curriculum is presented in a series of lectures and interactive workshops. Students learned about various health professions, college and medical school admission processes, financial aid resources and health care issues affecting Native communities.

More than 20 Native American students attended the pre-health professions event in Santa Clara, Calif.


Milone Joins Faculty

Matthew Milone, J.D., joins the faculty as senior associate dean for legal affairs and chief counsel to the dean, replacing Tom Ray who has moved to emeritus status.

Matt comes to us from the private sector; most recently he was with Holland and Hart, LLP and prior to that, Jones Vargas Law firm and the Law Firm of Wadhams & Akridge, all in Las Vegas. He brings a wealth of experience in litigation, dispute resolution, appeals, and transactional/administrative/health/tort/employment law as well as significant community service.