Spring 2016

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Preview Day 2015 at the University of Nevada School of Medicine

Considering Medical School: Undergraduate students from across Nevada attended the school's annual preview day this winter. Photo by Anne McMillin.

Preview Day Offers Glimpse into Admissions Process

The School of Medicine hosted its annual event for undergraduate students who are interested in medical school from the University of Nevada, Reno, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Nevada State College.

About 50 students from these three institutions attended the day-long event on the Reno campus designed to introduce them to the admissions process through a series of workshops and presentations by School of Medicine faculty and staff.

Attendees learned about how the School of Medicine prepares doctors from Tim Baker, M.D., associate dean for medical education and about the admission process and requirements from Cherie Singer, Ph.D., associate dean for admissions and student affairs.

They then took a tour of the anatomy lab and had lunch with current medical students for some one-on-one question-and-answer time.

A scavenger hunt around the medical school campus led by medical students from the medical education outreach committee followed lunch. In order to "collect" the locations for the scavenger hunt, the participants took pictures with their group in front of the building/landmark holding a sign that had the School of Medicine logo and their team name before posting it to Instagram using the hashtag #UNSOMPreMedTour.

The afternoon ended with rotations through workshops discussing the multiple mini-interview process, strategies for taking the MCAT exam and tips for writing their personal statements.

Keynote speaker to highlight hooding 2016

Howard Markel, M.D.Mark your calendars for Friday, May 13 at 1p.m. at Lawlor Events Center, when hooding keynote speaker Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., will address the Class of 2016 at commencement.

Markel is the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine and director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan. He is a professor of pediatrics, psychiatry, public health management and policy, history and English literature and language and the editor-in-chief of the health policy journal, The Milbank Quarterly.

An acclaimed medical historian, Markel is the author, co-author, or co-editor of 10 books including the award winning "Quarantine!," "When Germs Travel," and the national bestseller, "An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine."

Beginning in 2000, he has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times. From 2010-2012, he was a regular contributor for National Public Radio's Science Friday. From 2012 to the present, he has contributed a monthly column on important events in the history of medicine for PBS NewsHour.org.

In addition, Markel has contributed more than 450 articles, reviews, essays and book chapters to a wide range of scholarly publications and popular periodicals.

For the past 10 years, he has served as the principal historical consultant on pandemic preparedness for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His historical work served as the evidence base for many community mitigation strategies employed by the World Health Organization, the CDC, and the Mexican Ministry of Health during the 2009 influenza pandemic.

Markel has delivered hundreds of prominent lectures at numerous major universities, museums and libraries across the U.S. and in Europe, as well as U.S. government agencies, departments and at the White House. He has been a frequently commentator on numerous national radio and television news broadcasts for NPR, ABC, NBC, PBS, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN and the History Channel.

Markel has appeared in several critically acclaimed PBS film documentaries including "Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge," "Forgotten Ellis Island" and the Ken Burns and Siddhartha Mukherjee documentary "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies."